East Suffolk residents are invited to have their say on two new planning documents that provide guidance on rural developments and environments that promote health and well-being.
East Suffolk Council is seeking views through a public consultation on two supplementary planning documents - the draft Rural Development Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) and the draft Healthy Environments Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). The consultation will run for 8 weeks from Wednesday 15 November to Wednesday 10 January 2024, closing at 5pm.
The draft Rural Development SPD provides guidance on matters related to development in rural areas, including rural worker dwellings, annexes, residential curtilage expansion, building and barn conversions, economic development, equestrian development, tourism accommodation, small scale renewable energy generation and wastewater management.
The draft Healthy Environments SPD provides guidance on matters related to the planning and design of active travel infrastructure (cycling and walking routes and cycle parking), green infrastructure (green open spaces, play provision, biodiversity, trees and landscaping), homes, schools, workplaces, community facilities and retail centres. The aim of the guidance is to support healthier, active lifestyles and improve the quality of environments for health and wellbeing and greater inclusivity.
Cllr Stephen Molyneux, East Suffolk’s deputy cabinet member for Planning and Coastal Management said: “These Supplementary Planning Documents provide key guidance for developments in rural areas and outline how we can support health and wellbeing by promoting active lifestyles within rich green spaces. We welcome all feedback and comments received will be carefully considered when finalising the document.”
Comments can also be emailed to email@example.com or sent to East Suffolk Council, Planning Policy and Delivery Team, Riverside, 4 Canning Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk NR33 0EQ.
All comments received will be considered when finalising the SPDs, which are anticipated to be ready for adoption in April 2024. Once adopted, the SPDs will be material considerations in the determination of planning applications.