Suffolk Coastal Local Plan Review

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We are preparing a new Local Plan for the District and this is your first opportunity to take part in its preparation.

A Local Plan sets out the level of growth which needs to be planned in an area and identifies where that growth should be located and how it should be delivered. A Local Plan also sets out planning policies which the Council will use to determine planning applications in its area.

This consultation aims to get your views on the levels of growth we need to plan for over the period to 2036 and where the growth should be located. The consultation asks a number of questions about other key planning issues such as the approach to affordable housing or design of new developments.

Planning for future growth doesn't stop at local authority boundaries and there are many interrelationships across local authority boundaries in terms of where people live, work, shop and spend their leisure time. Suffolk Coastal has a strong interrelationship with Ipswich as do Mid Suffolk and Babergh Districts. There are also cross boundary linkages between Suffolk Coastal and Mid Suffolk to the west. In planning for Suffolk Coastal District it is therefore important to recognise these relationships and plan in a collaborative way.