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Local Plan

After adopting the Core Strategy in 2013, Suffolk Coastal is drawing up further parts of the Local Plan, setting out the planning policies, proposals and actions for the future development of our district to 2027 and beyond.

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The Local Plan is made up of a number of documents:

Development plan documents

Core Strategy & Development Management Policies - this document was adopted in July 2013 and sets out the strategic vision for the district and our communities. This also includes the Development Management Policies which are used in the determination of planning applications.

'Saved' policies - the Council will continue to have regard to the remaining 'saved' policies from the previously adopted Suffolk Coastal Local Plan (incorporating the First & Second Alterations) until replacement by policies in the Site Allocations & Area-Specific Policies and the Area Action Plan for the Felixstowe Peninsula.

Site Allocations & Area Specific Policies - this document is being developed. It will allocate land for development, covering a variety of uses including housing, employment, retail and community uses. It will also contain policies for specific sites and areas.

Area Action Plan for the Felixstowe Peninsula - this document is being developed. It focuses on the Felixstowe Peninsula and will allocate land for development, covering a variety of uses including housing, employment, retail and community uses. It will also contain policies for specific sites and areas.

Other documents

Supplementary Planning Documents and Supplementary Planning Guidance - these documents provide guidance on conservation areas, design, affordable housing and more.

The Local Plan is one policy component which guides development in the district. The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) sets out national planning policy and is supplemented by the Planning Practice Guidance. Neighbourhood plans, once made, also form part of the development plan.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the District Local Plan please contact the Planning Policy and Delivery Team on 01394 444761 or 01394 444558 or email suffolkcoastallocalplan@eastsuffolk.gov.uk.