First Draft Local Plan – Make Your Views Known Now

The Suffolk Coastal First Draft Local Plan has been published for public consultation and you need to make your comments by 5pm on Friday 14 September 2018

Suffolk Coastal District Council has published a First Draft Local Plan for public consultation. The main areas of concern for the Felixstowe peninsular are the proposals for over 2000 new homes in North Felixstowe covering an AONB, more development in Trimley and the proposed massive container/warehouse distribution park at Kirton on Innocence farm.

The Suffolk Coastal Local Plan is a framework document which will outline how the council sees the district developing over the next couple of decades.

This First Draft Local Plan covers the period to 2036 and contains the suggested planning policies, which will be used to determine planning applications in the area in the future.

It also sets out the level of growth which needs to be planned for and identifies where that growth could be located and how it should be delivered.

Whatever your views on the need for growth and affordable housing – these developments will seriously damage the nature of the town and have a huge impact on the traffic and info structure which at the moment just couldn’t cope. Yes, affordable housing is needed – but there is no doubt the developers will once again wriggle out of their responsibilities and another massive estate of ‘little boxes’ will replace virgin countryside with no benefit to the wider community.

 It is vital that as many people make their views known.  You may think your views don’t matter – but if you don’t make the effort to comment the council will say that the local community was in favour  – and the plans will be passed unopposed.

You can find an interactive map and all you need to know by clicking on this link

Comments on the First Draft Local Plan can be submitted via:

The Council’s online consultation portal:


Or writing to Planning Policy & Delivery Team, East Suffolk House, Station Road, Riduna Park, Melton, Woodbridge, IP12 1RT.

This will not be the end of the process to develop the Local Plan. The consultation responses received on the First Draft Local Plan will be considered during the autumn and winter this year, ahead of the production of the Final Draft Plan, which will go to Suffolk Coastal’s Full Council for its consideration and approval.

After this, in January 2019, the Final Draft Local Plan will be published for a further six-week of consultation, ahead of the document being submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for Examination in Public in March 2019.

The final document will then be open for Examination in Public by the Planning Inspectorate during the summer 2019, before it can be adopted as Suffolk Coastal’s agreed Local Plan.

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