Final Draft Local Plan

12 Strategy for Framlingham

Key Statistics for Framlingham

265 Key Statistics for Framlingham

12.260 In March 2017, the Framlingham Neighbourhood Plan was 'made' as part of the Suffolk Coastal Development Plan. The Neighbourhood Plan sets out a vision and strategy for Framlingham (2011 pop. 3,342) which the District Council strongly supports. The Neighbourhood Plan allocates sites for a variety of uses including residential, community, employment, cemetery and pedestrian walkway routes which will guide the future development in Framlingham until 2031. All of these allocations are shown on the Policies Map.

12.261 It is important for this Local Plan to ensure that the principles within the Neighbourhood Plan and the vision are retained up to 2036 to facilitate a review of the Neighbourhood Plan when the local community considers it necessary.

12.262 As well as the Neighbourhood Plan identifying sites for residential use, Framlingham has also seen significant levels of development coming forward through the planning application process. It is therefore not considered necessary for this Local Plan to allocate further development in the town. However, a key part of the relationship between the Local Plan and Neighbourhood Plans is to provide direction on housing requirements. Growth in Framlingham to 2031 is already planned for, so it is not anticipated that any future growth will come forward until post 2031.

12.263 By 2036, Framlingham will have continued to be a vibrant, distinctive and prosperous parish with a thriving market town at its heart. The town will have evolved and expanded whilst retaining its unique and distinctive character and providing an outstanding quality of life for current and future generations of local residents and visitors, as well as the inhabitants of the surrounding villages it serves.

12.264 Framlingham is a market town which serves the needs of its own residents and visitors as well as those of neighbouring communities. It is also a key employment centre with a range of services, facilities and opportunities as well as Primary, Secondary and Independent education. Although well served by a range of services and facilities consultation responses have highlighted that a significant increase in infrastructure is required to ensure that the market town continues to thrive.

12.265 In recent years, Framlingham has seen significant residential development allowed through appeals which has resulted in sites coming forward outside of the plan led approach. The individual sites have collectively had a detrimental impact on the provision of infrastructure in the town which has not been able to keep pace with current demands.

12.266 The Framlingham Neighbourhood Plan identifies need for additional education provision (including Early Years), expansion of medical facilities, adequate and accessible community and leisure space as well as the need for a large community centre. Over the Local Plan period, the Council will support improvements and enhancements to infrastructure which are proposed through a review to the Neighbourhood Plan or planning applications on appropriate sites. In November 2017 and October 2018, the Council committed to spend funds generated through the Community Infrastructure Levy Charging Schedule on projects in Framlingham.

12.267 The historic environment comprising Framlingham Castle, the Mere and many Listed Buildings attract many tourists and provide a unique area to visit and experience. The historic environment also acts as a constraint in respect of vehicular movements around the town. The existing road network and car parking opportunities are becoming increasingly under pressure as a result of the increased traffic generated by the recent developments. Over the plan period, actions to mitigate the impact of vehicular movements on the environment will be supported in principal subject to the satisfaction of Suffolk County Council as highways authority.

12.268 The Framlingham Neighbourhood Plan identifies allocations in the town to come forward over the period to 2031. As a market town, it is appropriate that some additional growth is identified to come forward in Framlingham during the latter part of the Local Plan period. The Local Plan therefore identifies a figure of 100 dwellings, to come forward towards the later stages of the plan period above that which is already allocated in the Framlingham Neighbourhood Plan or with planning permission. As outlined in the Spatial Distribution of Housing, this equates to approximately 2% of the growth to be planned for through the Local Plan (see Table 3.4).

12.269 The Neighbourhood Planning Regulations require Neighbourhood Plans to be kept under review and in conformity with the Local Plan. In the short to medium term the policies within this Local Plan will not require a review of the Neighbourhood Plan but in the longer term this may be required to identify sites to meet the housing requirement outlined in the Spatial Distribution of Housing for the later stages of the plan period.