Sproughton Parish Council

We have a quick update from the councillors at the Sproughton Parish Council:

Neighbourhood Plan Exhibition

SPC is pleased to announce exhibition of the Neighbourhood Plan at the Tithe Barn in July. Dates and timings are to be finalised.

Please come along to see what is being proposed. Your comments will have a bearing on what goes into the plan. The consultation with the parish will last six weeks. Look out for posters and leaflets.

Outline on what the Neighbourhood Plan means

Neighbourhood planning enables communities to play a much stronger role in shaping the areas in which they live and work and in supporting new development proposals. This is because, unlike parish, village or town plans prepared by communities, a Neighbourhood Plan forms part of the development plan and sits alongside the emerging Local Plan prepared by Babergh District Council. Decisions on planning applications will be made using both the Local Plan and the Neighbourhood Plan, and any other material considerations.

Neighbourhood planning provides the opportunity for communities to set out a positive vision for how they want their community to develop over the next 10, 15 and 20 years in ways that meet identified local need and make sense for local people. They can put in place planning policies that will help deliver that vision or grant planning permission for the development they want to see.

The key benefits are:

  • It can protect areas from types of change (such as too much of one type of business)
  • It can include policies to influence new building design, or alterations to existing buildings
  • It can protect or propose the creation of open spaces
    (green gaps, nature reserves, wildlife corridors, allotments, sports pitches, play areas, parks and gardens and important historic assets)
  • It enables the local community to retain more of the money collected from development to spend on local projects
  • It gives us, the residents the of Sproughton parish, more say and control over our community
  • It enables us to ensure we protect the things we value the most
  • It enables to manage change effectively and ensure they benefit our community
  • It allows us to encourage developers to build what we believe our community needs and wants (such as more affordable houses)
  • It can say where and what type of development should happen (new housing or for businesses) If you would like to see a full Neighbourhood Plan document, the Copdock &Washbrook and Elmsett plans are online at: www.babergh.co.uk Conservation Area As part of the Neighbourhood Plan work and based on a comment in the existing Babergh Local Plan around possible conservation areas, we are looking at one or more conservation areas in Sproughton. Tree Initiative Sproughton Parish Council is working with the primary school to create a list and map of ‘important’ trees in the parish with a view to preservation and possible future protection.

Children’s Playground

The children’s playground in the Playing Fields is getting older and requires more frequent maintenance. Therefore, SPC thought it would be good to ask children at the primary school what they would like to see in a playground and ask them to aid in the design of a new playground.

20mph Village Limit

Traffic in the village is an issue that is raised frequently. SPC is now working with Babergh on a proposal to establish a 20mph limit by the school and possibly throughout the village. A traffic/speed survey will be done as a first step.

Quiet Lanes

Quiet Lanes are a nationally recognised designation of single-track roads where locals and visitors can enjoy the natural surroundings and use them for activities such as cycling, horse-riding, jogging and walking. SPC have put forward part of Church Lane from the cemetery to Hadleigh Road and The Grindle to be designated as Quiet Lanes.

Taylor Wimpey/Wolsey Grange Phase 2

We are expecting an application from Taylor Wimpey (Phase P2) for 800 homes soon.

Pigeon/Burstall Lane DC/19/00567

We are still awaiting the final decision notice for the 105 home Pigeon site (behind the Wild Man). We believe the issue is with skylark mitigation. SPC feels that the top half of the field should be set aside as a skylark mitigation area which reduces the likelihood of further development.

Tithe Barn Re-opening

The Tithe Barn is reopening in line with government guidance. SPC is seeing an increase in enquiries which is particularly good news.

Parish event to mark ‘normal’ life returning

Once things are nearer to ‘normal’, SPC hopes to hold a parish-wide event to mark this. Please submit suggestions to the parish clerk.

Become a Parish Councillor and have a say

Would you like to become a Sproughton Parish Councillor? Are you interested in parish matters and would like to find out more? Would you like to be a part of decision-making committees, commenting on local planning applications, helping with community projects and generally making Sproughton an even better place to live, work and visit?

If you are interested in becoming a parish councillor, please contact the clerk, Kirsty Webber (details below), or contact a councillor for more information.

Back to the Barley Room

Council meetings are being held in the Barley Room in accordance with government guidelines.


Wednesday 9 June:

Planning Meeting 7pm / Parish Council Meeting 7.30pm

Wednesday 23 June:

Planning Meeting 7pm

The agendas will be posted on the noticeboards as usual. For more information, please contact the clerk, Kirsty Webber: [email protected] / 07538 311567

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