Wickham Market Neighbourhood Plan
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A very warm welcome to our website. The Wickham Market Neighbourhood Plan is being created by local residents, community groups and businesses and will shape how the parish changes in the coming years. This website is to help you understand what the Plan means for our community and how you can get involved.

Update from the NP Chairman (May 2021)

The Neighbourhood Plan is nearly ready to be submitted to East Suffolk Council (ESC).
The Neighbourhood Plan and its supporting documents are undergoing final amendment prior to submission to ESC at Regulation 15 stage. The documents that will be submitted to ESC are:

  • The Neighbourhood Plan
  • Strategic Environmental Assessment
  • Basic Conditions Statement
  • Consultation Statement
  • Habitats Regulations Assessment
  • Non-Designated Heritage Assets
  • Local Green Space Assessment
  • These are all available on our Key Documents page. Once all documents are complete the Parish Council will review the Neighbourhood Plan for final approval before submission to ESC.

    ESC will then review and provide feedback on any amendments required. After completing required amendments, we will then publicise the Plan (Reg16). ESC will then arrange for the Neighbourhood Plan to be reviewed by an Independent Examiner (Reg17). The examiner will report on his findings and recommendations (Reg 18). After these have been addressed and completed, ESC will then organise a referendum of Wickham Market residents and if more that 50% of votes cast are in favour of the Neighbourhood Plan then it becomes a legal document. Once complete it will entitle Wickham Market Parish Council to 25% (currently 15%) of any Community Infrastructure Levy derived from development projects in the village.

    Cllr Dick Jenkinson, Chairman of Wickham Market Neighbourhood Plan Committee

    About our Parish

    Wickham Market is a bustling, thriving community close to the River Deben within the Suffolk Coastal Heritage area. It is reached either by road, turning off the A12 approximately fifteen miles north-east of Ipswich, or by rail to its station at Campsea Ashe.

    The centre of this large village offers convenient parking, a wide variety of shops with everything from hardware supplies, to food, hairdressers and newsagents, as well as a choice of places to eat. Within a ten-mile radius can be found the attractions of Easton Farm Park, the Snape Maltings, Framlingham Castle and Sutton Hoo.

    Latest News

  • Update May 2021 - A final draft of the Neighbourhood Plan is almost complete and will soon be ready to submit to ESC for Reg 15 assessement.
  • Update Oct 2020 - Despite the setbacks caused by Covid-19, we have been making steady progress with updating the Neighbourhood Plan which has undergone some major changes as a result of the Reg14 feedback and other factors.
  • Update Sept 2019 - The (Reg 14) consultation responses have all now been reviewed and collated.. Follow up actions have been identified to address the points raised and updates to the draft Plan are now in progress.
  • Update April 2019 - The (Reg 14) consultation period was completed on 1st April with over 60 responses received on the draft Plan. The NP team are currently assessing the responses in order to propose the changes needed to the Plan to addess the points raised.
  • Update Feb 2019 - Pre-Submission (Regulation 14) Version of the Neighbourhood Plan is now available. Go to the Documents page to view and/or download.
  • Update Jan 2019 - Initial draft of Neighbourhood Plan now submitted to SCDC. Initial draft of the Neighbournood Plan has been submitted to SCDC for informal review. Feedback so far has been positive and updates to address review comments are currently in progress.
  • Update Dec 2018 - Initial draft of Neighbourhood Plan in progress. After many months of analysing results from consultations and independent assessments, the team will shortly be submitting the initial draft of the Neighbournood Plan with associated policies to SCDC for informal review. Over the coming months there will be further formal reviews and consultations leading up to the Referendum with the community later this year. Further updates on progress will be issued here in due course.