Neighbourhood Plan - Review in 2021
  In 2018 we voted by referendum to approve a Neighbourhood Plan with the vision of “Protecting, enhancing and developing the village for both the young and old”. The Plan was written to fit in with West Suffolk’s Vision 2031 plan and remains enforceable for all planning applications and relevant local activity in our parish. The Plan outlined a number of policies and community actions the village agreed to implement. The current Neighbourhood Plan permitted small development, of no more than 5 properties. At the time this was considered essential to ensure the village did not stagnate and to meet our vision and protected us from any mass development. Clearly no such development has taken place. In the meantime West Suffolk has embarked upon revisiting its current 2031 Plan to consider the development needs through to 2040. A consequence of this decision is the policies in our Neighbourhood Plan, particularly those relating to planning and development will be superseded. This will necessitate the village having to revisit our plan and re-present this for approval.

Don’t worry however, we are not going to be overwhelmed by property development as is the case in Barrow and Wickhambrook but we do need to ensure we remain protected and present our case for both small development, development design standards and protection of our environment. This also gives us an opportunity to revisit our plan as you may consider our needs have changed, the impact of COVID 19 being an example. It has has affected our daily lives greatly and we now conduct our daily business differently e.g. many of us work from home, shop locally etc.

To enable you to have your say we felt it essential to seek your further input. Please therefore take the time to either:-

1. Complete the brief questionnaire that has been delivered to you and return it to one of two drop off points at:
Grove Farm Barn, Wickhambrook Rd. - or - 2 Chapel Cottages, The Green.   By 31st January 2021.

2. Complete the same questionaire online at   By 31st January 2021

Thank you in anticipation of your continuing support, which remains essential for our plans to remain relevant.

Colin Painter on behalf of
The Neighbourhood Plan Working Group