Neighbourhood Plan

The Draft Long Melford Neighbourhood Plan will become a Statutory Document, that will reside within and as part of the Babergh Local Plan.  The Neighbourhood Plan has been developing over the last 2 years following a series of consultations, and a significant survey of the local populace.  The survey established a number of issues that the parishioners felt important, and developed policies and projects around those issues.

The draft plan is now in the pre-submission stage, where it undergoes a number of “tests” to confirm its viability.  The first of those tests is the Regulation 14 consultation, where the Parish submits it’s draft plan to all those in the village, and those that serve the village (such as Police, NHS, Water, Electricity, Telephony).  It also goes to neighbouring parishes, the  County and District Councils.  The parish is expected to receive responses, and then make any subsequent changes to the plan as are necessary.  The Consultation process begins on Thursday, January 17th, 2019.

The Long Melford Neighbourhood Plan, together with the Supporting information for the Plan, can be found here. (This is a separate website operated by the Parish Council) .

Any comments on the plan should be sent to:
The Parish Clerk
Long Melford Parish Council
The Parish Offices
Cordell Road
Long Melford
Suffolk CO10 9EH

Comments can also be submitted by email, to ( Please ensure that the subject line of the email reads “Neighbourhood Plan Comments”.

The statutory consultation period will end on Thursday 28 February 2019. On completion of the consultation period, the Plan will be revised to incorporate comments received, prior to being forwarded for inspection. If it is found to conform with it’s requirements, a referendum will be held in the village regarding the Plan.

The Terms of Reference for the Neighbourhood Plan Working Group are available here.

Please also see Neighbourhood Plan on Facebook