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 (December 2019)

The Neighbourhood Plan is in the process of being updated considering all the comments received at Regulation 14 review stage.

It is taking some time to amend the Neighbourhood Plan. The main problem has been that, in the Suffolk Coastal District Council Local Plan, there is a policy for 150 houses to be built in Pettistree. However, these houses are within the settlement boundary of Wickham Market. Despite significant discussion it has not been possible to get these 150 houses included as part of the Wickham Market Neighbourhood Plan totals and it now seems likely that the development in Pettistree will proceed in advance of our Old School Farm development policy.

When the Neighbourhood Plan is submitted to East Suffolk Council at the Regulation 16 stage, four supporting documents are required:

a. The Habitats Regulation Assessment.
b. The Strategic Environmental Assessment
c. The Basic Conditions statement
d. The Consultation Statement.

East Suffolk Council have agreed to write our Habitats Regulation Assessment, Navigus Planning are writing the Strategic Environmental Assessment and have completed the first draft of the Basic Conditions statement, and the Neighbourhood Plan team are working on the Consultation Statement.

The Neighborhood Plan will be submitted to East Suffolk Council early in the new year with the hope that the referendum will be able to be held in the mid to the latter part of 2020.

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 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.