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The APRIL Meeting of Fornham St Martin cum St Genevieve Parish Council has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.


The next meeting will be the Annual Parish Meeting, followed by the Annual Parish Council Meeting,

 to be held on

Monday 13th May 2024.




Apologies for any inconvenience.


Vicky Bright, CiLCA - Clerk / Proper Officer                                    09/04/2024



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Election of a Police and Crime Commissioner for the Suffolk Police Area

The Poll will take place on 2nd May 2024

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The March Meeting of Fornham St Martin cum St Genevieve Parish Council has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.


The next meeting is to be held on

Monday 15th April 2024.




Apologies for any inconvenience.


Vicky Bright, CiLCA - Clerk / Proper Officer                                    05/03/2024



Have #YourSay on #YourFuture of #YourWestSuffolk



Tuesday 30 January (9am) to Tuesday 12 March 2024

The consultation under Regulation 19 of the Town and Country Planning, Local Development, England, 2012 Regulations, on submission local plan documents is due to commence on Tuesday 30 January 2024.

This submission local plan is the third and final chance for people to have their say about the development of a new local plan for West Suffolk.  It is culmination of several rounds of public consultation in the local plan preparation process. 

This final consultation asks specific questions required by the Planning Inspectorate (the body which checks that we prepare Local Plans correctly). These questions are:

  • Is the plan legally compliant?
  • Is the plan sound?

At this final consultation stage comments can only be submitted on the plan in relation to its legal compliance or soundness. There are guidance notes online to explain these questions and terms and provide information to help your organisation submit your response.

Please note that the local plan was prepared and will be examined under the relevant previous version of the National Planning Policy Framework, and not the updated version published in December 2023.

The council will also be confirming a 5 year land supply of specific, deliverable sites at the time that its examination is concluded.

The submission consultation documents will be available to view as soon as the consultation starts. 

As a statutory consultee you are already registered on the online planning consultation system.  If you have not used the system before (or have forgotten your login details) please use the ‘I forgot my password’ link.  Please do not re-register on the system.

Responding through the online consultation system provides a number of benefits:

  • You can enter your comments as you read through the document, section by section.
  • You will be able to view all the comments submitted after consultation closes and we have accepted them.
  • You will be automatically notified when new documents are available for consultation.
  • You will be able to update your own personal details and areas of interest.
  • You will be able to join and leave consultations at any time during the consultation period.
  • It is cheaper and quicker.

Written forms and comments will be summarised by the policy team and entered into the online system so that other people can see them, and they can be included in reports. Unless you are registered you will not be able to view any of the responses online, including your own. Please note that anonymous responses will not be accepted.

If you are unable to comment online, you will need to complete a standard response form which sets out the legal and soundness questions relevant to this consultation. A copy of this form and guidance notes can be downloaded from the consultation system. If you are unable to access it online, please use the contact details at the end of this letter and a form will be posted to you. 

The submission documents that are being consulted on in this consultation are:

  • West Suffolk Local Plan submission draft
  • Policies map
  • Sustainability appraisal and the non-technical summary
  • Habitat regulations assessment

Virtual exhibition

During the consultation period we are running an online virtual exhibition. This will be open for anyone to join. You will be able to access the virtual exhibition from 30 January by visiting: https://westsuffolk.exhibition.app/

Where to view hard copies of the documents

Hard copies of the local plan documents will be available to view at locations in each the district’s towns. Details of these locations can be seen in the statement of representation attached to this letter.

Public consultation events

We will also be running a number of consultation events during the consultation period where you will be able to talk to officers about the West Suffolk Local Plan documents, and the process for responding to them. The table below details the dates, times and locations of these events.


Event 10am-3pm


Friday 2 February

Haverhill Arts Centre, High Street (The Studio)

Bury St Edmunds

Wednesday 7 February

Bury St Edmunds Apex (upper floor lounge)


Saturday 10 February

Mildenhall Hub (conference room)


Saturday 17 February

King Edward VII Memorial Hall, High Street (main hall)

The consultation closes at 5pm on Tuesday 12 March 2024 and we are unable to accept any comments submitted after that time.

Planning regulations concerning the preparation of local plans mean that we are unable to accept responses received after this deadline.  Only comments received on this consultation will be submitted for examination.

If you need any further information, please feel free to contact the Strategic Planning team on planning.policy@westsuffolk.gov.uk  or 01284 757368

Statement of the representation procedure

West Suffolk District Council

West Suffolk Local Plan Submission Draft (Regulation 19 stage)

Local Plan Document

This statement has been prepared under Regulation 19 of The Town and Country Planning (Local Development) (England) Regulations 2012.

Title of the document:

  • West Suffolk Local Plan Submission Draft January 2024

Subject matter and area covered: The West Suffolk Local Plan sets out the overall housing quantum and distribution between settlements and site allocations and general policies against which, (amongst other material considerations), planning applications will be determined across the district of West Suffolk.

The documents have been produced by West Suffolk District Council following previous issues and options and preferred options stages. The document has been prepared to give developers and the public up-to-date information on future policies to manage the location of future development.

This document represents an important stage in the preparation of the West Suffolk Local Plan. The Council has considered the wording of the policies (as previously developed), and has identified the most sustainable way forward, which best meet the needs of both local areas and the strategic policies of the National Planning Policy Framework. The package of policies now put forward as the Local Plan Submission Draft, provides an opportunity for public consultation, in order to confirm the evidence, or alternatively to provide a basis for any revisions.

The significant stages in the preparation of the West Suffolk Local Plan document can be summarised as follows:

  • October to December 2020 - Consultation in respect of the Issues and Options
  • May to July 2022 – Consultation in respect of Preferred Options
  • Current Stage- Consultation in respect of the Submission Version documents between 30 January 2024 and 12 March 2024.

Where documents can be viewed during normal opening hours:

  • Brandon Library, The Brandon Centre, Bury Road, Brandon, IP27 0BQ
  • Haverhill House, Lower Downs Slade, Haverhill, Suffolk CB9 9EE
  • Mildenhall Hub, Sheldrick Way, Mildenhall, Suffolk IP28 7JX
  • Newmarket Library, 1a the Guineas, Newmarket CB8 8EG
  • West Suffolk House, Western Way, Bury St Edmunds IP33 3YU

Consultation period for this document: Representations should be received within the consultation period, which will run from 9am Tuesday 30 January 2024 until 5pm Tuesday 12 March 2024.

Where possible, representations should be made using the online public consultation portal: https://westsuffolk.inconsult.uk/

Representations can also be sent by email to planning.policy@westsuffolk.gov.uk or by post to:

Local Plan Submission Draft Consultation
West Suffolk District Council
Strategic Planning Team
West Suffolk House
Western Way
Bury St Edmunds
IP33 3YU   

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