Have Your Say On Planning Proposals

Local residents are invited to comment on the early stages of two proposed planning documents; one which provides guidance on environmental considerations for developers and another which will update the charges incurred for specified developments, which are then used to deliver or improve local infrastructure.

Starting today (Monday 15 March), East Suffolk Council is holding two public consultations in relation to emerging planning documents:

  • the initial consultation to inform the preparation of the East Suffolk Sustainable Construction Supplementary Planning Document (SPD); and
  • initial work on development costs, which will help inform the East Suffolk Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Charging Schedule.

The Sustainable Construction SPD will provide guidance on a range of topics including energy efficiency, renewable energy, water conservation, sustainable transport and use of materials, to support the implementation of the Council’s adopted Local Plan policies.  

This preliminary consultation asks what information should be included in the SPD. Once adopted, the Sustainable Construction SPD will be a material consideration in the determination of planning applications. 

The East Suffolk Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Charging Schedule will set out the amount that certain kinds of development must pay to help contribute to the delivery of infrastructure in the area.  When adopted, it will replace the two current CIL Charging Schedules which cover the district.  

This initial consultation focuses on the basic viability/development cost assumptions, to help underpin the preparation of a Viability Report, which will be a key evidence base for the new CIL Charging Schedule. The Council is also consulting on a draft East Suffolk CIL Instalments Policy.  


To view and respond to the consultation material, including supporting information, please visit www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/planning-policy-consultations

Alternatively, you can email planningpolicy@eastsuffolk.gov.uk or write to East Suffolk Council, Planning Policy and Delivery Team, Riverside, 4 Canning Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk NR33 0EQ.

If you are unable to view the consultation documents online, you may request a paper copy of the consultation documents and SPD questionnaire free of charge by contacting the Planning Policy and Delivery Team as above or by calling 01502 523029.

Please note that the team are currently operating under a voicemail service. Please leave a message including your contact details and your call will be returned as soon as possible.

Both consultations close on Monday 26 April 2021 at 5pm.

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