Neighbourhood Planning

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What is Neighbourhood Planning?

Neighbourhood planning gives communities direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area. They are able to choose where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built, have their say on what those new buildings should look like and what infrastructure should be provided, and grant planning permission for the new buildings they want to see go ahead. Neighbourhood planning provides a powerful set of tools for local people to ensure that they get the right types of development for their community where the ambition of the neighbourhood is aligned with the strategic needs and priorities of the wider local area.

What is the benefit of having a Neighbourhood Plan?

Neighbourhood planning enables communities to play a much stronger role in shaping the areas in which they live and work and in supporting new development proposals. This is because unlike the parish, village or town plans that communities may have prepared, a neighbourhood plan forms part of the development plan and sits alongside the Babergh and Mid-Suffolk Local Plan prepared by the local planning authority. Decisions on planning applications will be made using both the Local Plan and the neighbourhood plan, and any other material considerations.

The Capel St Mary will be sending questionaires to ALL properties in the village at the beginning of November 2018 for you to help us determine the priorities and needs of the village.

If you are interested in joining the Neighbourhood Planning Working Group contact Councillor Michael Hole at

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Neighbourhood Plan Call for Sites

As part of our Neighbourhood Plan we are obliged to invite from any resident, landowner, business, developer or agent to submit a site or sites for consideration in the Neighbourhood Plan for development. Any application must include the following: 

Site Name

Site Address

Site Plan (showing "red line" boundary around the site.


Site Area in hectares.

Expected number of units.

Timescales for development e.g available now or at some point in the future.

Any barriers to delivery e.g legal issues, contamination. 

Any application must be delivered to the parish council office by 28th February 2019.

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