Current planning applications

Proposed development of 150 dwellings in Long Melford (planning application DC/18/00606)

We have been consulted on this application by Babergh District Council, we are currently assessing the information submitted in the application and preparing our response. The deadline for comments is 7th March, once we have submitted our response it will be available to view on the council's website.

Proposed development of 52 dwellings in Badwell Ash (planning application DC/18/00465)

We have been consulted on this application by Mid Suffolk District Council, we are currently assessing the information submitted in the application and preparing our response. The deadline for comments is 26th February, once we have submitted our response it will be available to view on the council's website.

Potential Extension of The Elms Car Park, Framlingham

We are aware of the proposal within Framlingham Town Council’s emerging Parking Strategy to explore the possibility of the expansion of The Elms car park. Whilst no plans for this proposal are yet available, it appears that any extension would have to be to the north of the existing car park. This area is part of Framlingham Mere, it is designated as a County Wildlife Site and is managed by Suffolk Wildlife Trust on behalf of Framlingham College. We are extremely concerned about any proposal which could result in damage to this area and we are engaging with the Town Council on this matter.

Suffolk Minerals and Waste Local Plan - Preferred Options Draft (October 2017)

We have made comments on the Preferred Options consultation for the Suffolk Minerals and Waste Local Plan. A copy of our comments can be viewed here. More information on the Local Plan is available on the Suffolk County Council website.

Babergh and Mid Suffolk Local Plan Consultation (August 2017)

We have responded to the Babergh and Mid Suffolk Local Plan consultation, commenting on both the emerging Local Plan policies and site allocations. In particular we have raised concerns about the lack of robust ecological information as part of the evidence base. At this stage the Local Plan is an early version and the development policies and sites for allocation are still emerging. It is therefore at this stage that the councils need to address this lack of ecological evidence to ensure that the final plan is based on up to date evidence, gives full weight to all material planning considerations (including the ecological impacts of development), and is therefore compliant with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). We will continue to engage with the councils on their emerging plan and will respond accordingly to forthcoming consultations.

Comments on the document will be available to view on the council's website (here) once they have been processed.

SnOasis Reserved Matters Planning Application (application reference 4494/16)

Mid Suffolk District Council are currently considering the Reserved Matters Application for the proposed ski centre (known as SnOasis) at Great Blakenham. We have made multiple comments on this proposal which can be viewed ont eh Mid Suffolk DC website, along with the further details on the application. The website is available here.

Proposed Development West of Brandon (application reference DC/15/1072/OUT)

Along with Norfolk Wildlife Trustthe RSPB and Brandon Community Union, we have objected to the planning application for the proposed development of up to 1,650 new houses and a relief road on land west of Brandon. We consider that the proposal would result in significant harm to sites of European nature conservation importance, as well as the loss of UK and Suffolk Priority Habitats such as wet woodland. A copy of our letter of objection can be viewed here and further details can be found on the Council's website here by entering the reference number DC/15/1072/OUT.

Recommended Approach for Bats and Small Wind Turbines in Suffolk

Guidance has been issued by the Suffolk Biodiversity Partnership in relation to bats and the development of small wind turbines (5-250kw). This follows consultation with Local Authority planning officers and Natural England. The guidance (updated in March 2013) can be viewed here