Sproughton Parish Council Christmas Weekend.
We are holding a Christmas Weekend for parishioners in the Tithe Barn, weekend of the 4th & 5th December (its free!). You will be receiving a flyer through your doors shortly with full details:- Childrens Christmas Party Sat 4th Dec 2:30-4:30pm Adults Christmas Party Sat 4th Dec 7:30-10:30pm Mulled Wine & Mince Pies Sun 5th Dec 2:00-3:30pm Please contact Kirsty Webber, Parish Clerk on SproughtonPC@gmail.com or Mob 07538 311567 to give your name/address & numbers of people coming to which event. (We have to limit numbers due to regulations so its first come first served) Alternatively please leave your details at the Community Shop. We look forward to seeing you there :-). 'The Ladies who like to Party' commonly known as Kirsty, Rhona, Helen & Jenni have been busy ordering trees, buying loads of Christmas decoration and presents. Today (Wed 24Nov) we bought even more decorations plus beer lager and wine. Tomorrow we start buying food. Next week we will be decorating the barn........


An update on the JLP. Interesting events on the 7th day of the hearing 20th Oct. The inspector brought proceedings to a halt due to issues with Spatial Distribution policy and site selection process. This means that the plan is going to be delayed by 6months+. Babergh now need to revisit the sites discounted previously and if a different result is obtained then take another look at the sites they did select - opportunities for chaos abound.........is this good, bad or ugly???? We don't know yet. We do know that wolsey Grange 2 will still work it's way through the planning process though which seems premature given the state of the JLP.

BABERGH MIDSUFFOLK JOINT LOCAL PLAN: Sproughton PC are attending todays (Tue 19Oct21) Babergh Mid Suffolk Joint Local Plan Examination Hearing by the planning inspector. This must be our 6th day of attending the hearings over several weeks - today we are talking about the amount of housing allocated to Sproughton and whether or not the way they have calculated this is correct. Quite hard going but interesting.........

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN: Final public consultation event for the Sproughton Neighbourhood Plan this Thursday 21st October 6.30pm - 8.30pm in the Tithe Barn. If you have any questions please come along. Thanks to those who have come to our previous exhibitions. Don't forget to put in your comments either online (see http://sproughton.onesuffolk.net/.../public-consultation.../ ) or on paper (available from the Community Shop and can be delivered to the conucil post box in the Tithe Barn courtyard)This public consultation phase begins on 2nd Oct 21 with an exhibition in the Tithe Barn, Lower Street. All parishioners including businesses are welcome to review the plan and to comment on it. Invitation.


The parish council are preparing a detailed response to the above application. We have prepared a high level version of this for parishionersto use as a basis for their own response either in part or full. The response is based on comments received from parishioners and those made by the planning consultant and landscape architect employed by SPC. Please download the response letter. Our detailed response is close to be being finalised - being double-checked for spelling, grammer and some fact checking - it can be downloaded here.


Sproughton Parish Council  Afternoon Tea


Suffolk County Council notice of proposal.

Parish Map

Sproughton Community book exchange can now be found in the Bus Shelter opposite the Wild Man.


Due to guidance from SALC, we have cancelled the meetings on the 14th April 2021.

National morning was declared for 9 Apr until 17 Apr 2021 following the sad passing of Prince Philip. Days falling within this period can not be counted in the three clear days required after the agenda has been issued to make the meeting lawful.

Sproughton Parish Council agendas were issued on the 9 Apr 2021 therefore a meeting can not be held on the 14 Apr 2021 due to this being unlawful.

A new meeting is looking to be arranged for Thursday 22 Apr 2021.


Election of County Councillor/ Election of Police & Crime Commissioner 6th May 2021 07:00am- 22:00pm Tithe Barn, Lower Street, Sproughton.


Election of County Councillor 

Agents Names & Offices

Statement as to persons nominated

Election of Police & Crime Commissioner

Situation of Polling Station

Statement of persons nominated


We are currently investigating designating two Quiet Lane Status within the village.

The main purposes of Quiet Lanes are that they offer a safer environment for non-motorised travellers and can help to protect our rural environment. They are not intended to be used as a traffic calming measure. General criteria for Quiet Lanes is that they are single track lanes (i.e. with passing places, no line markings) typically carrying less than 1,000 vehicle trips per day (either direction) with average speeds of less than 35 mph, and ideally below 30 mph.  

Dear Resident/Business Owner   

 Sproughton Parish Council, in conjunction with Sproughton Neighbourhood Plan, is exploring the opportunities to designate two rural lanes in the village as “Quiet Lanes” as part of a county wide project.

According to responses to the Neighbourhood Plan questionnaire, residents considered Improvement of Road Safety and Footpaths are a strong requirement for our village in the future. Quiet Lanes are a nationally recognised designation and are intended for shared use by walkers, horse riders, cyclists and other road users. They encourage drivers to ‘Expect and Respect’ more vulnerable road users and so allow non-motorised users to enjoy rural lanes in greater safety.

 These types of lanes do not impose traffic restrictions and are not enforced.

Advisory signs are placed at either end of Quiet Lanes to show motorised users clearly that the road is a shared space.

We feel that this would be of real benefit to Sproughton and those who visit. The lanes being considered are already used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders and link with existing footpaths and bridleways in the village.

We have identified, in conjunction with Suffolk County Council (Highways), Church Lane(Cemetery to Red House Farm) and The Grindle as being potential suitable lanes for designation

With the current limited nature of parish council public meetings this letter seeks to inform you as the first stage of a public consultation process.If you wish to make any comments about these proposals at this initial stage, we will welcome these by either email to Kirsty Webber (Clerk)SproughtonPC@gmail.com or by post to Sproughton Parish Council, Tithe Barn, Lower Street, Sproughton, IP8 3AA.

As part of the formal public consultation process there will be a Parish public meeting (held remotely) on 14/04/2021at 19:30pm to discuss these proposals.

This project is being funded by the Suffolk County Council Suffolk 2020 Fund and the East Suffolk Community Partnerships and Green print Forum.


Traffic diversion update from the contractor February 2021

Reference: 607486 A14 Claydon to Copdock Interchange (junctions 52 to 55) carriageway repairs - Update Further to my letter of 12 January 2021, our repairs to the A14 road surface were going well, and we had done more road repairs than was originally planned. Unfortunately, the recent snow and bad weather has caused temporary delays to our work. As a result, we now expect the majority of our repair work to be finished by Wednesday 17 February. We will then begin to remove the contraflow and we must close the A14 to do this safely. Some of our remaining work will need to be done after the contraflow is removed. This includes new road markings, replacing cat’s eyes, and repairing areas of the A14 that could not be done whilst the contraflow was in place. To do all this safely, we will need to close the A14 eastbound overnight from 8pm and 6am on Wednesday 17 February, and westbound each night from 8pm and 6am from 18 February to 24 February inclusive, subject to weather conditions. During the above closures a diversion route will be in operation. Police will enforce traffic restrictions and speed limits on the diversion routes. All lanes on the A14 should be open during the day from 6am on 25 February onwards, although some lanes will be closed at night time between 25 February and 3 March inclusive whilst we remove the average speed camera equipment that is being used to enforce the temporary speed limits through the roadworks. Whilst the roadworks have created an amount of frustration for residents, for which I do apologise, I hope you understand that these are essential repairs that must be completed to ensure the safe travel of traffic on the A14 and reduce unplanned emergency interventions. We have taken great care to foresee the impact of our works on the surrounding communities and introduced mitigations to lessen the impact and reacted to issues as these have been brought to our attention.

Meals delivered to Sproughton residents February 2021

MEALS DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR: The Hintlesham George pub has offered their small plates menu to Sproughton residents over 70. They cost either £5,00 or £6,00 and are individually plated and delivered to the community shop at about 12.00pm. From there volunteers deliver them to customer's individual doorsteps, ring the doorbell and collect the money, which has been left on the doorstep. The choices are changed weekly, and there is a vegetarian option, such as macaroni cheese. If anyone has questions or would like to order a meal please contact Pat Coe on 01473 745154 by 12.00pm each Monday. The George also has a take-away menu for anyone to use, which is displayed on their website, www.ghfood.co.uk

Diversion through Sproughton 29th January 2021 20:00pm-06:00am

There will be an overnight diversion through Sproughton tonight (29th January) between 8pm-6am.

Sproughton Parish Council has received notification from the contractor that a drain has collapsed on the A14 at a traffic crossover point in the contraflow.

They will be making emergency repairs to it tonight. This will mean traffic will have to be diverted through Sproughton between 8pm and 6am. This also means that the Clearway order will come into force whilst the diversion is in operation.

Please ensure that cars are not parked on the High Street tonight, to comply with the clearways order. As you might be fined/towed.

The Parish Council Budget 2021-2022

There were two factors related to setting the precept this year. There were less homes built in the parish than projected. Also because of the Covid pandemic many households have claimed Council Tax Relief creating a 25% increase on the demand on those that will pay.

It was agreed at the January meeting to subsidise from the Parish Council reserves to reduce the increase to 2.26% which translates to a Parish Precept increase of just £2.01p per year for a Band D house.


An early Christmas present for the parish! The Hopkins Homes Appeal for the 49homes site next to Sproughton Hall & the Tithe Barn has been dismissed by the Planning Inspector.. We will be asking Babergh to remove the site from the JLP.

New Joint Local Plan Comments DUE 24DEC20 @ 12:00

Comments on the new (Reg19) BMSDC Joint Local Plan need to be in by 12:00 on Christmas Eve. We have prepared some documents to aid you in commenting. To comment online lpease go to https://www.babergh.gov.uk/planning/planning-policy/new-joint-local-plan/joint-local-plan-r19-pre-submission/ Click on the little comment box on the top left of each paragraph and put your comments in. We hope the following documents are of use:-

  1. JLP Policy LA012 Burstall Lane,
  2. JLP Policy LA013 WG2,
  3. JLP Policy LA014 WG1,
  4. JLP Policy LA018 SEP,
  5. JLP Policy LA0116 Hopkins,
  6. JLP Policy LP21 Historic,
  7. JLP Policy SP05 Employment Land,
  8. JLP 08.03 Core Village

Babergh are only allowing comments via the portal or via the email submission (to localplan@baberghmidsuffolk.gov.uk) of a paper document. There is a PDF version JLP Reg 19 PDF Form and a MS Word version JLP Reg 19 Word Form. If you have any problems please email SproughtonPC@gmail.com or contact the Planning Policy Team on 0300 1234 000 option 5 then 4 or email localplan@baberghmidsuffolk.gov.uk


Please see links below for Christmas & New Year Waste Collection Schedule and Information on recycling your real Christmas Trees.





Footpath Closure 4th January 2021-4th July 2021



Hopkins Homes Appeal 01Dec20 --

...wish us luck. Sproughton PC is speaking at the Hopkins Homes appeal tomorrow. This predicted to last for 5-6 days. We will do our best but the effort put in has been somewhat offset by Babergh ignoring the Planning Committee refusal (twice) and putting the site in the new version of the JLP approved by Babergh/Mid-Suffolk on 10/11Nov. Decision due on or before 15Jan21

Day 1 (01Dec) = the introduction & opening arguements plus our speech which can be found here - HH Appeal Speech by SPC.

Day 2 (02Dec) = a focus on housing need & affordable housing

Day 3 (@10:00 03Dec) of the appeal hearing is underway - the Babergh planner is now being cross-examined, we hope he survives!!

Day 4 (@10:30 04Dec) of the appeal hearing is underway - this time its the Hopkins home planning representative is being cross-examined

Day 5 (07Dec20) - the planning inspector completed a site visit

Day 6 (09Dec20) - And we are now done!! Ruling expected on or before15Jan21 - crossed fingers & toes (thanks to Cllr Powell/Davies & our NP Chair Mrs Jermyn for working so hard on this one)

Graded Buildings in our Parish 13/11/20


Joint Local Plan 5/11/20

The updated Joint Local Plan is going to be put before the full Babergh Mid-Suffolk District Council on 09/10 Nov20 in order to approve publication. After which it goes for official review by a Planning Inspector. Interested parties can put forward their views.

SPC would like to hear parishioners views on this updated version of the JLP - exactly how this is tbd given we are now in another lockdown - may be a virtual village meeting??

Pigeon Application Approved 7/10/20

As most of you will now be aware the Pigeon Development along Burstall Lane and Loraine Way went before the planning committee yesterday.

Unfortunately, this did not go in our favour which we lost on a vote of 6 to 5.

There was an overwhelming total of 335 objection. However, this was not enough to stop the application being approved.

Going forward we will prepare ourselves to make sure the application follows what has been approved, and to ensure that their obligations are met.

We will be in continuous talks with BMSDC & Pigeon to ensure the development will be the best it can be for the village.

A Massive thank you to the Sproughton Working Group and Parish Council for all their hard work, over the last year raising awareness of this application with the Parish. It was important to ensure Parishioners were fully aware of the development and were given a chance to voice their views.

Please continue to support the Sproughton Neighbourhood Planning Team as they are the gateway to ensuring any further development is in the right place and that the design and impact of the developments are controlled through our own set policies.

The developer has put forward for a village carpark and community space to be included within the development. Please feel free to forward to SproughtonPC@gmail.com any suggestions in which you think the community space could be used. These will then be forwarded to the developer for consideration.


The Pigeon DC/19/00567 application will be considered by Babergh Planning Committee on Wednesday 7th October. Sproughton Parish Council will be requesting to speak at the meeting. Please see below the Agenda for the meeting.

BDC Planning Committee Agenda 07.10.2020

The meeting will be live streamed to the Councils’ YouTube page as linked below:



Grange 2 

23rd September 2020

Sproughton Parish Council met with members of the Wolsey Grange 2 development to discuss the proposals at Land North of the A1071.

Taylor Wimpey will be submitting an application in November for a proposed 750 dwellings, the estimated time frame in which the development will take to complete will be over a 10year period.

The Council were extremely interested in the mitigations regarding, Green Space, Screening, Wildlife Corridors and Impact of Traffic.

Please see documents below regarding the development.




PIGEON HAVE RESUBMITTED A REVISED VERSION FOR PLANNING APPLICATION DC/19/00567 LAND NORTH OF BURSTALL LANE. We have just had it confirmed that the deadline for comments has been extended to 18 SEPTEMBER. Please keep the comments going - we can still collect letters from the shop to deliver to Babergh Planning at Endeavour House. Or you can email the planning department, submit comments online.



Due to the current ongoing pandemic, we are continuously looking at ways to open the Barn safely. The Clerk is currently investigating how we need to comply with the legal requirements of holding events at the Barn.

Due to the pandemic we are also advising the below:

We would put in additional measures when using the Barn, i.e. hand sanitisers . However it would be down to the hirer to comply with the social distancing measures that our in place, it is also advised that high touch points are continuously cleaned throughout an event and masks to be worn (As doors may not be able to be opened)

Contact details for all those in attendance will need to be recorded and given to the Parish Clerk to be kept for 21 days after the event, in the case someone does become ill with Covid-19.

There will also be an additional charge due to the Barn/Kitchen having to be deep cleaned before and after an event.



YOUR INVITATION TO : Sproughton Neighbourhood Plan

open event in September..

Friday 4th 5pm -9pm, Saturday 5th& Sunday 6th10am – 4pm.

Over 70 and Shielding Saturday and Sunday Morning 9am-10am.

Strict Covid-19 Social distancing regulations in place. NO TOILET facilities available.

Please wear a face mask and adhere to guidelines.


Many Thanks Rhona Jermyn





New plans have been resubmitted by Pigeon Investment Ltd and The Felix Thornley Cobbold Agricultural Trust for another 105 homes off Burstall Lane. The infrastructure around Sproughton is not designed to cope with the increase in dwellings. There is extra pressure already from the Wolsey Grange site which impacts the traffic coming in from Hadleigh at the Beagle roundabout. The Old Sugar Beet factory site is now being developed and that will increase the volume of traffic on our local roads too. We as a small parish cannot sustain either by infrastructure, utilities, or public services the extra houses proposed for our community.

The new revised plans are available to view on the BMSDC Website:

Due to the size of the application we would try to hold a Public consultation, however due to the current pandemic this is not viable. We have asked Babergh Planning for an extension on the expiry consultation date of the 27th August 2020 due to the summer holidays and difficulties with communicating with people as we would normally do. Unfortunately, at present this has not been granted. Therefore, we are asking our Parishioners via NextDoor/SPC website/Facebook/Twitter to review the revised application and to submit their comments. 

Ways to have your say:

Online via the BMSDC Website:    https://planning.baberghmidsuffolk.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=makeComment&keyVal=PMESNXSHFX700

Email the Case Officer: Jo.Hobbs@baberghmidsuffolk.gov.uk

Via Post: Letters can be sent to the below address

Planning Department
Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils
Endeavour House
8 Russell Road
Ipswich IP1 2BX

Or alternatively you can drop your letters into the SPC post box beside the Tithe Barn or the Community Shop and these will be taken to the Council Office.

If you require any help in writing a response or have any questions please do not hesitate in contacting our Clerk (Kirsty Webber) at: SproughtonPC@gmail.com or 07538 311567

Neighbourhood Plan survey Help: 10Jul20: Members of the Neighbourhood Plan Committee will be outside the community shop tomorrow (Sat 11Jul20)  to help with completing any questionnaires from 10:30-12:30

Neighbourhood Plan Survey. A BIG thank you to everyone who has completed and returned the Neighbourhood Plan Survey. We appreciate you taking the time to have your say on what happens to OUR village. We have had great feedback and would like to give everyone the chance to have their say. We have therefore extended the closing date to 13th July

Neighbourhood Plan (29Jun20): Good News - the neighbourhood plan household survey (2 copies per household) was delivered to all parishioners this past weekend. Please can you take the time to fill the survey in, instructions are on the front page. The more people that fill it in the better the plan will be as it will be supported by strong evidence.  Help is available in case of questions. There are local drop off points for completed surveys including the Community Shop or if you cannot get out we will come and collect it. Many thanks for your continued support for our plan.