Final Draft Local Plan

The Suffolk Coastal Final Draft Local Plan is now published for a 6 week period to receive representations in relation to legal compliance and soundness.

View the Final Draft Local Plan and supporting documents and make your representation here from Monday 14 January until 17.00 on Monday 25 February 2019.

The Final Draft Local Plan, covering the period to 2036, contains planning policies and site allocations which will be used to determine planning applications in the area. It sets out the level of growth which needs to be planned for and identifies where this should be located.

How to make a representation

The Council has published a Guidance Note which should be referred to when making a representation.

The Council recommends using the on-line Representation Form. The form structures your representation so the Planning Inspector will consider it when examining the plan. Using the form also means that you can register interest in speaking at the public hearings – this is optional.  

The Representation Form can also be completed and submitted via:

Representations procedure

Representations will be submitted with the Local Plan to the Government, who will appoint an independent Planning Inspector to conduct the Examination. Only representations received within the period in relation to legal compliance and soundness have a statutory right to be considered during the Examination.

Representations received at this stage should only be made in relation to the legal compliance and the soundness of the Final Draft Local Plan.

Legal compliance is concerned with whether legal requirements have been met including whether the Local Plan has been produced in accordance with the Council's Statement of Community Involvement and Local Development Scheme, the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (as amended), the Duty to Cooperate and the requirements for Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulations Assessment. 

Soundness is explained in paragraph 35 of the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework (July 2018) . To be considered sound, the Inspector has to be satisfied that the Plan is positively prepared, justified, effective and consistent with national policy. It is important to make your representation in terms of one of these 4 tests of soundness.

Public drop-in events

During the representation period the following public drop-in sessions provided an opportunity to discuss the Final Draft Local Plan with Planning Officers and obtain advice about submitting a representation. View the drop-in session presentation boards.

VenueDate and Time

Suffolk Coastal District Council (Deben Room)

East Suffolk House, Station Road, Melton, IP12 1RT

Wednesday 30 January

15.00 – 19.00

Felixstowe Town Hall (Council Chamber)

Undercliff Road West, Felixstowe, IP11 2AG

Monday 4 February

15.00 – 19.00

Saxmundham Market Hall

29 High Street, Saxmundham, IP17 1AF

Wednesday 6 February

15.00 – 19.00

Supporting documents, evidence base and further reference

The following documents are available as part of this representations period:

Comments on the Sustainability Appraisal and the Habitat Regulations Assessment should be sent to These documents are also available at the Council’s Customer Service Centre at Woodbridge library and at local libraries across the District. 

The Final Draft Local Plan is supported by an available evidence base covering housing, employment and retail, the natural and historic environment, viability and commercial leisure.

If you have any queries about the Suffolk Coastal Local Plan, please contact a member of the Planning Policy and Delivery Team at or telephone: 01394 444557.