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Great Bealings neighbourhood area

The Great Bealings Neighbourhood Plan was prepared by Great Bealings Town/Parish Council following extensive consultation with the local community and sets out its vision for development to 2030.

The plan was formally ‘made’ on 23 March 2017 and now forms part of the Local Development Plan for the District. 

The Council determined to make the plan on the grounds that more than 50% of people who voted in the referendum voted in favour of the Council using the neighbourhood plan to help it determine planning applications in the neighbourhood plan area. The Council further considers that the neighbourhood plan would not breach or be incompatible with any EU obligation or any of the Convention Rights. 

A hard copy of the Made Neighbourhood Plan is available inspection at the local library and at the Councils Customer Services Centre, Woodbridge Library, New Street, Woodbridge IP12 1DT (normal office hours). 


A Neighbourhood Planning Referendum was held for the Great Bealings Neighbourhood Plan on 9 February 2017. The question asked in the referendum was:

"Do you want Suffolk Coastal District Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Great Bealings to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?"

Great Bealings Neighbourhood Plan Referendum notices

Independent examination (October/November 2016)

The examination took place by written representation. The examiner’s report recommended that the modifications specified in the report are made and that the Neighbourhood Plan for Great Bealings is submitted for a Referendum.

In accordance with the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, the Council has considered each of the modifications recommended by the examiner and agrees that the Neighbourhood Plan should proceed to Referendum and that the referendum area should be the same as the neighbourhood plan area. This is set out in the Decision Statement.


Comments were invited on the Great Bealings Neighbourhood Plan (submission version) between 15 July and 31 August 2016.

Area Determination and Decision

Consultation period: 26 April 2013 to 21 June 2013

Status: Approved 29 October 2013