We are here…


Welcome to Needham Market

Needham Market Neighbourhood Plan:
Update March 2021

The plan is now with Mid Suffolk District Council. That Council has carried out its statutory duty to conduct a last process of consultation before it enters its final stages.

Those stages are; firstly an independent examination. An examiner has been appointed for that purpose and the examination is underway. Secondly, a review of the plan taking account of any recommendations made by the examiner in their report (e.g. to reflect very recent changes in relevant legislation) and thirdly, the plan will be subject to a community referendum. If the referendum returns a simple majority of votes in favour of its acceptance, the plan is adopted into the Local Plan (The Babergh/Mid Suffolk District Councils Joint Local Plan) and will become a key document in the process of the Planning Authority’s decisions on planning applications.

Recently there has been circumstances where the importance of the Neighbourhood Plan (albeit not adopted) has been demonstrated. A Planning Application to develop 279 new dwellings on Land On The North West Side Of Barking Road (Mid Suffolk District Council Planning Application Ref No. DC/20/05046) was unanimously refused by Mid Suffolk District Council’s Planning Committee adhering to its Planning Officer’s recommendation. The Planning Officer, in setting out grounds for objection, based much of her material on the Town Council’s formal objection to the development proposal. The Town Council’s objection made considerable reference to its Neighbourhood Plan. The Town Council is grateful to the Planning Consultant it engaged to draw together its objection and who has supported the latter stages of the Neighbourhood Plan process.

16 new COVID-19 rapid testing centres
to open in Suffolk

  • More rural communities served by new locations
  • Soon, 28 sites will be open across county
  • Tests take 15 minutes and results returned within the hour
    A further 16 rapid testing centres for COVID-19 are to open in Suffolk, bringing the total number of centres to 28.

The sites are planned to open over the next two weeks in Beccles, Bungay, Halesworth, Southwold, Aldeburgh, Saxmundham, Debenham, Framlingham, Woodbridge, Eye, Holbrook, Needham Market, Elmswell, Hadleigh, Nayland and Brandon – serving more rural communities across the county.
The 28 centres use ‘lateral flow’ testing to identify people who may have coronavirus but who do not have symptoms. The tests are for people who do not have symptoms of coronavirus and cannot work from home.
It’s because one in three people with coronavirus do not have symptoms so regular testing is vital in breaking the chain of infection and keeping Suffolk safe.

Needham Market  From:  24/02/2021 Needham Market Community Centre, School Street, Needham Market, IP6 8BB Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri 0700 – 13:30. Thur 12:30-19:00

A14 Drainage Roadworks:

Claydon drainage letter_ FINAL


Needham Market Town Council

Accounting Statement Year Ending
31st March 2020

Annual Governance and Accountability Return 2019-2020

Accessibility Statement

Needham Market Town Council is working hard to make its website accessible.

This is to adhere to the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018. We are currently updating our website to ensure it meets these regulations.


New local COVID-19 App and phone line launched
to connect volunteers and people who need help:

Suffolk urged to rally together as new local COVID-19 app and phoneline launched to connect volunteers and people who need help 

A new Suffolk-focused community service has been set up to support people who need help during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Called ‘Home But Not Alone’, the service has been launched to help connect people who want to volunteer in their communities with neighbours who are most in need. 
The service will mean willing volunteers, charities, town and parish councils, community and religious groups can all log their details and offers of support on an app, while people who need help can phone to request support. As the number of offers and requests grows, they will be matched so that the right help can be given where it’s most needed. This support could include delivering groceries, medication or essential household goods, in line with Government social distancing guidelines.   
The free app, called Tribe Volunteer, can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. The telephone number for those in genuine need of help is freephone 0800 876 6926 and will be staffed from 09:00 to 17:00, seven days a week. 
The Home, But Not Alone service was created by partners from Suffolk’s councils, police, health bodies and charitable organisations which come together as the Collaborative Communities Board. Chrissie Geeson, the board chair, said: 
“In these challenging times, it has been incredibly heartening to have so many people volunteer to help others. In villages and towns across Suffolk, people have taken it upon themselves to mobilise a small army of volunteers to do what they can for people in need.  
“The support service will encompass this work but will bring structure and routine to these offers of help. This is just the start of this new service, so we expect the number of offers and requests to grow. People who want to help, or need help, should let us know and we will do the rest. 
“It is testament to the hard work of all Suffolk organisations and sectors that we are able to offer this invaluable help.” 
The telephone line is not a general information line for COVID-19 queries, but those in need can seek information on support with care needs, loneliness and to connect with community support. This is a new service and will adapted to demand over the coming weeks. People are still being urged to check gov.uk for the latest guidance on a wide range of issues and changes caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. 


Needham Market Town Council

2018/2019 Year End Accounts

Notice of Conclusion of Audit

Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) 2018/2019:

AGAR 1 Section 1

AGAR 2 Section 2

AGAR 3 Section 3

 Needham Market Community Centre

All enquiries regarding hiring or use of the Community Centre must be emailed to the Community Centre Manager, Mr Martin Spurling: needhammarket.communitycentre@btinternet.com.
or telephone: 07756 575158.

Needham Lake

Needham Lake is owned and operated by Mid Suffolk District Council and all enquiries relating to it should be made directly to them.
Please see their Website for contact details: www.midsuffolk.gov.uk

Welcome to West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group

Events Calendar

May 2021
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
April 26, 2021 April 27, 2021 April 28, 2021 April 29, 2021 April 30, 2021 May 1, 2021 May 2, 2021
May 3, 2021 May 4, 2021 May 5, 2021 May 6, 2021 May 7, 2021 May 8, 2021 May 9, 2021
May 10, 2021 May 11, 2021 May 12, 2021 May 13, 2021 May 14, 2021 May 15, 2021 May 16, 2021
May 17, 2021 May 18, 2021 May 19, 2021 May 20, 2021 May 21, 2021 May 22, 2021 May 23, 2021
May 24, 2021 May 25, 2021 May 26, 2021 May 27, 2021 May 28, 2021 May 29, 2021 May 30, 2021
May 31, 2021 June 1, 2021 June 2, 2021 June 3, 2021 June 4, 2021 June 5, 2021 June 6, 2021

Contact us

Community Centre
School Street
Needham Market

Town Council Offices Opening Hours -
Mondays and Thursdays: 10am till 12 noon
(01449) 722246 Answerphone
Email us

Town Clerk
Kevin Hunter

Assistant Town Clerk
Kelaine Spurdens