Needham Market Town Council

Statement regarding Planning Application DC/21/06882 and the Needham Market Neighbourhood Plan Public Referendum

Needham Market Town Council has successfully applied to Mid Suffolk District Council for an extension to the deadline for its response to be submitted to Planning Application DC/21/06882, which proposes the development of up to 279 dwelling on agricultural land north of Barking Road. The planning application was registered with the District Council just before the Christmas/New Year period with the original consultation response deadline set for 11th January 2022, which would not have allowed the Town Council opportunity to carry out meaningful consultation with its community prior to the need to submit a response. With the response deadline now extended to Friday 11th February, the Town Council is to host an open public consultation meeting on Monday 7th February starting at 7pm, in Needham Market Community Centre. Covid guidance will be adhered to. If members of the community are unable to attend, whether that is due to Covid concerns or any other reason, the Town Council is happy to receive their thoughts at a consultation desk which will be sited in the Community Centre prior to the public meeting, or via email, telephone or letter. It is important to mention any comment sent to the Town Council should not be used as a substitute for formally registering comment with the District Council itself. The District Council planning decision process will take account only or those comments submitted directly to it.

The timing of planning application DC/21/06882 coincides with another major event for Needham Market taking place on Thursday 24th February when a referendum is to be held at Needham Market Community Centre on the town’s Neighbourhood Plan. The Town Council has been working on the Neighbourhood Plan for several years and it has evolved in conjunction with extensive community consultation. Neighbourhood planning gives communities direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area. The Town Council is delighted to have progressed the Needham Market Neighbourhood Plan to the point where the community has the opportunity to adopt it. If the referendum returns more than a 50% vote ‘yes’, then Mid Suffolk District Council will be legally obliged to ‘make’ (adopt) the Neighbourhood Plan as part of its Planning Framework. The Town Council is keen to see its community turn out on 24th February, engage in the voting process and support the adoption of the Neighbourhood Plan. Relevant notices and documentation can be found on the Mid Suffolk District Council website from Monday 17th January and paper copies of the designated documentation are available to view at the Town Council Office and the Town Library, both of which are in School Street, Needham Market.


Application for Outline Planning Permission for Erection of up to 279 Dwellings Application no DC/21/06882 (resubmission of DC/20/05046).

Location: Agricultural Land North Of, Barking Road, Needham Market, Suffolk.

Please note that the date for comments on this application has been extended from 11th January 2022 to 11th February 2022.

Whilst this application will be discussed at the Needham Market Town Council Planning Committee meeting on 10th January and members of the public have a right to attend, the meeting will be a regular Planning Committee meeting dealing with other issues and no decision on this application will be made. We would recommend that, if your main interest is the Barking Road Application DC/21/06882, you do not attend this meeting. Bearing in mind the importance of this application, the Needham Market Planning Committee Meeting on 7th February at 7pm at the Community Centre will focus on this application and be held in in a larger hall and all are welcome to attend. Look out for the Needham Market Newsletter and Website for more information.

The application can be seen on the Mid Suffolk Planning web site

The site also offers you the opportunity to register your support or objection to the application.


Suffolk Highways – Upcoming works – U4435 Lion Lane and Maitland Road, Needham Market – 26 January 2022

For your information, we are planning to complete routine verge maintenance along U4435 Lion Lane and Maitland Road, Needham Market (from Lion Lane south eastbound for 50 metres). The works are programmed to take place on 26 January 2022, working between 8am and 4pm. The road will be closed to ensure that we can carry out our works safely.

For the duration of the road closure, traffic will be diverted via Coddenham Road, B1113 and vice versa.

As we plan roadworks in advance, we schedule extra days to allow for bad weather or other delays beyond our control. If we need to make major changes to our work dates, we will update the information signs on site.

A plan showing the diversion route for these works is attached to this email. When we close the road and put a diversion in place, the route needs to be accessible to vehicles of all shapes and sizes. We make our diversions as clear as possible by placing appropriate signing along the route. The latest updates on our works can be found on our website at Temporary road closures for Suffolk Highways roadworks” and on One.Network website.

There may be times that essential emergency works are required to take place on the highway network without advanced notice – you can follow Suffolk Highways on Twitter for the latest emergency roadwork updates.