Rural Development Supplementary Planning Document - Initial Consultation


This consultation closed on 16 February 2023 and we are considering the responses.


This consultation aims to gather feedback on what you think the Rural Development Supplementary Planning Document should include and address. 

We are in the initial stages of preparing the document, which will provide guidance on rural developments such as barn conversions, rural worker dwellings, farm diversification, annexes, economic development, equestrian developments and more. This will help support policies in our existing Local Plans


What do you think should be included in the Rural Development Supplementary Planning Document? Read our initial consultation document then complete the questionnaire. 




All comments submitted will be considered when drafting the Rural Development Supplementary Planning Document. A formal consultation on the draft document will take place later in 2023. 


1 | Pre-production *CURRENT STAGE*

Pre-production, evidence gathering and initial consultation. 

2 | Drafting the document

After considering the comments made during the initial consultation, a draft document will be prepared. 

3 | Public consultation on draft document

A consultation will take place on the draft document. 

4 | Consideration of comments and Final SPD prepared

All comments received during the consultation will be considered, and a final document will be prepared. 

5 | Adoption

The document is ‘Adopted’ by the Council and will be a material consideration when deciding planning applications. 


  • Opened
    1 Feb 2023 at 09:00
  • Closed
    16 Mar 2023 at 17:00


Contact Details

If you have any questions or would like any assistance, please contact the Planning Policy and Delivery Team: 

Phone: 01502 523029 / 01394 444557

East Suffolk Council, Planning Policy and Delivery Team
Riverside, 4 Canning Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk NR33 0EQ

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When making a comment, please do not include personal details which can identify yourself or others such as addresses/telephone numbers or submit photos which can identify a person such as faces or car registrations. In line with Data Protection legislation any such information will be redacted from the response before being published on East Suffolk Council website. Plans and maps which do not include copyright details will be removed from the response. The Council reserves the right to redact any comments that may be considered libellous or defamatory.