Copdock & Washbrook Parish Council

Minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday 2 February
Present: Cllrs Keith Armes, Laura Butters, Louise Carman, Terry Corner (chair), Simon Downey, James Mellish, Mike Watling, District Councillor Dave Busby, County Councillor Christopher Hudson, four residents and the parish clerk, Angela Chapman.

Bowls Club/Village Hall site boundaries
Cllrs Mellish and Watlings drew up a map with the boundaries marked. The demarcations have been agreed by the bowls club and the village hall committees and this map will be used for the Deed of Easement document for access to and from the site.

Infrastructure Developments

  • Neighbourhood Plan: Public comments were received following the last Neighbourhood Plan consultation. These comments were recorded on the log and the schedule of proposed post-consultation modifications was subsequently agreed and actioned. It was agreed that the plan should be submitted to Babergh District Council.
  • Infrastructure Business Plan (PIIP): Cllr Corner will invite Rob Hancock from SCC Corporate and Luke Barber from SCC Highways to a meeting to enable information to be shared on the Elm Lane development and Old London Road alterations.

Pye Road Cycleway
Included in the Infrastructure Business Plan.

Village Gateways
Cllr Mellish has ordered the signs from Glasdon and will oversee works. Wiles will carry out the work, due to start on 23 March, and have applied for an SCC work permit.

Litter Pick
The little pick arranged by Cllr Mellish had a good response. As Babergh was unable to supply bags or collect rubbish due to staff shortages, the parish council will arrange disposal.

Annual Parish Meeting
The annual parish meeting to be held virtually at 7pm on Tuesday 4 May, followed by the annual meeting of the parish council.

Recreation field next to the village hall
The parish council has agreed to a request from Copdock Primary School to use the field for a summer fayre at no charge.

Public Rights of Way/Footpaths
Any ‘lost’ or unused footpaths (PRoW) that are uncharted need to be registered before 2026 or they will be unmapped and lost forever. Cllrs Watling and Mellish will liaise with the Suffolk County Council Rights of
Way Officer.


  • DC /21/00595: Proposal & Location – Surfacing of the existing car parking area to north-west boundary of playing field adjacent to Copdock & Washbrook Village Hall, Old London Road. No objection.
  • DC /21/00625 Proposal & Location – Erection of single-storey outbuilding at The Grindle on Back Lane. No objection.
  • DC /20/04575 – Erection of a detached bungalow, siting of replacement temporary residential caravan, shed and improvements to existing vehicular access. Land on The North Side of Back Lane. Objection.
  • DC /21/00809: Proposal – Householder application; part replacement and heightening of roof for additional accommodation above. Location: Tudor Cottage on Old London Road. No objection.


  • DC /20/05738: Proposal & Location – Erection of porch extension (following partial demolition of existing) at 1 Rose Cottages, Back Lane. Granted.
  • DC /20/05727: Proposal & Location – Erection of extension with glazed link to be used as a day room, garage, utility, shower, WC and sauna (following demolition of existing garage and outbuildings) at Petersfield House on Church Lane. Granted.
  • DC /20/05861: Proposal & Location – Erection of single-storey rear/side garage and garden room extension and two-storey rear extension with terrace and balcony (following demolition of existing garage and conservatory). Insertion of two dormers to front elevation and conversion of loft and erection of front porch at Elm View on Old London Road. Granted.

The Good Neighbourhood Support Group remain ready to offer advice and help. Please ring 01473 730430 in confidence.

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