Draft Housing in Clusters and Small Scale Residential Development in the Countryside

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East Suffolk Council is inviting comments on a new planning document which provides guidance on the development of small scale housing, of up to five dwellings, in the countryside. 

The Suffolk Coastal Local Plan and the Waveney Local Plan each contain a policy which allows for a limited amount of new housing in the countryside. The Housing in Clusters and Small Scale Residential Development in the Countryside Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) provides further guidance on the application of these policies: 

  • Policy SCLP5.4 Housing in Clusters in the Countryside (Suffolk Coastal Local Plan, 2020) 
  • Policy WLP8.7 Small Scale Residential Development in the Countryside (Waveney Local Plan, 2019) 

The draft SPD covers a range of matters including defining what is a ‘Cluster’ and a ‘Settlement in the Countryside’, outlining the necessary characteristics for sites to be appropriate for development, considerations on the potential impact on character of the area, the requirements for public engagement (where required) and how these policies relate to other policies in the Local Plans

Comments must be received by 5pm on Friday 5th August 2022

View and comment on the consultation below. 

Other ways to view and comment on this consultation  

If you are unable to submit comments online, you can email your response to planningpolicy@eastsuffolk.gov.uk or write to us at East Suffolk Council, Planning Policy and Delivery Team, Riverside, 4 Canning Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk NR33 0EQ. Please submit your comments by 5pm on Friday 5th August 2022

Paper copies of the Draft SPD and Initial Consultation Statement have been made available for inspection at all libraries in the district and the Council’s Customer Service Centres at The Marina, Lowestoft, and in Felixstowe and Woodbridge libraries. For information on locations and opening hours please see www.suffolklibraries.co.uk and www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/contact-us/customer-services/. Please note the Council’s other Customer Service Centres do not have the facilities for the storage of consultation documents, however physical copies are available at the libraries where these are located. 

The Strategic Environmental Assessment Screening Opinion can also be requested by email or in physical copy by contacting the Planning Policy and Delivery Team

Should you have any difficulties in accessing copies of the documents or have any other queries please email planningpolicy@eastsuffolk.gov.uk or call 01394 444557 / 01502 523029.

Due to a technical error, respondents who submitted comments before 22nd June were not requested to submit their name and contact details. These comments will still be accepted.


  • Opened
    17 Jun 2022 at 09:00
  • Closed
    5 Aug 2022 at 17:00