Planning & Development

Sproughton has a number of proposed or ongoing developments of significant size in the Parish. Wolsey Grange & the Sugar Beet site are the two biggest developments. For up to date information please see the site specific pages.

Planning in Sproughton

Currently Sproughton Parish Council does not have the resources to complete a Neighbourhood Plan. It was suggested at a recent SPC meeting that a Community-Led Plan be completed. A Community-Led Plan is similar to a Parish Plan but focusses more on planning issues. To this end a questionnaire was developed and delivered to all Parishioners - around 11% have been returned, but it is not too late as reviewing the questionnaires and collating the data will take a couple of months so the results will be available early Autumn. In addition to a Community-Led Plan we hope to produce a Village Design Statement(VDS) in tandem with the CLP.

Sproughton has a number of proposed or ongoing developments of significant size in the Parish. Wolsey Grange & the Sugar Beet site are the two biggest developments. For up to date information please see the site specific pages.

For more detail on a Community-Led Plan - click here

Timings for the CLP

Jun/Jul'16 - questionnaires delivered

Aug/Sep'16 - data collated and processed

Parish & Neighbourhood Planning in Sproughton

Sproughton has a Parish plan, it identifies what the community wants, helps us all focus on a better community, and makes a powerful tool to obtain funding and grants. But it also can provide guidance to the District Council in their longer term plans for development which is now a national priority. Our Parish Plan is years out of date and we need people to help produce a new one.

The very nature of a Parish Plan requires the involvement of the community and so we need people across the Parish to make this work. This really is your opportunity to do your bit for your community, pupil - to - pensioner, all we need is a band of people who can communicate with their neighbours to gather their visions, ideas and concerns. The more we have, the quicker this can be done, and the sooner we can start to influence the future of our Parish.

If there is sufficient support we can then also consider the much more powerful document - the Neighbourhood Development Plan.

Parish Plans - v- Neighbourhood Development Plans

Parish Plan

Parish plans are a guide produced by the Parish community to help them focus on what they really want. An example of this is the village shop which was identified in the last Parish Plan and as a result that is just what we have. The Parish Plan helps a community achieve these objectives not just by focusing efforts on what the Parish wants, but also as a tool to obtain funding and support from outside the Parish by showing the communities support and desire for the objective.

Parish Plans can include anything that the community highlights, its pretty much up to the community to speak and say what they want, if its achievable the plan provides a guide for the community to focus on. But the community can also include their preferences for development in the area, styles of development, traffic issues, or any issues controlled by the District Council. This then provides a guide that the District Council that they can consider in their planning, however they do not have to.

Neighbourhood Development Plans (NDP)

Neighbourhood Development Plans (NDP) are a more powerful alternative to the planning and development aspect of a Parish Plan. They are more time consuming and costly to produce and can take a couple of years to complete. There is a similar process of consultation with the community but with the focus on Planning and Development. However the neighbourhood plan HAS to:-

  1. be compliant with National and Local Planning Policy
  2. be independently assessed and approved as legitimate and compliant (this is where it starts to get expensive) and
  3. if approved the Parish then has to hold a referendum to vote on it.

However once a NDP is completed it then becomes a document Babergh MUST bring into force and consult for any planning discussions/application/ decision in the Parish.

Things to Consider

The government has provided a carrot with regards to the cost of producing an NDP, which should be treated with some caution. A Parish with a NDP will receive extra income from the new Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) for the Parish to use within the Parish. That income would very quickly cover the cost of producing the NDP and start to provide extra income for the community. Financially that may sound quite appealing however we have no idea what level of income from the CIL would be assigned to the Parish by the time we completed a NDP. So although the Parish would almost certainly recover the costs of the NDP there is no guarantee of any significant income, so the main purpose of producing the document should be to restrain or focus development on what the community wants, rather than to provide an income.

It would appear at this stage that if sufficient people come forward to produce a new Parish Plan then the best course of action is to construct it with consideration to the guidelines for producing a Neighbourhood Plan, then if there are sufficient numbers of willing hands, we can just keep on going and produce the Neighbourhood Plan utilising the information in the parish plan where possible.

The size of these two tasks shouldn't be underestimated. There are around 9,000 parishes in England. About 3000[1] of these have a parish plan (30%), but only approximately 60[2] have a neighbourhood plan (2%).

Neighbourhood Plan: East Bergholt is an example of a nearby parish that is working on a neighbourhood plan. They received permission to go ahead with their NP in 2014 and are around halfway through. They have seven different committees[3] which meet on a regular basis that feed into the Parish Council - there are a total of 31 people on these steering committees forming their core team. To see what they have done so far and what remains take a look at their website (http://www.eastbergholt.org/clubs/parishcouncil/NeighbourhoodPlan/default.aspx)

Parish Plan: The last time the parish plan was produced in Sproughton was in 2010. Nine parishioners formed a Steering Group in 2005, but many more were involved in the research, analysis of information and creation of the report. This required a lot of time and support from people in the village to see this through to completion, See our village website @ http://sproughton.onesuffolk.net/parish-council/new-contentpage/ for more info.

We really need and would be grateful for your support in this endeavour to help construct the questionnaires, deliver them, collect the completed questionnaires, collate the information and analyse the data, then write the Parish Plan itself. If you would be prepared to help please contact Sue Frankis, Clerk to Sproughton Parish Council on Tel (01473) 463852 or email pc@sproughton.suffolk.gov.uk with your contact details and be part of the new Parish Plan


[1] See http://www.sqw.co.uk/files/7313/8712/1319/108.pdf

[2] See https://www.thinglink.com/scene/647092767838699520

[3] See http://www.eastbergholt.org/clubs/parishcouncil/NeighbourhoodPlan/workinggroups/default.aspx