On 1 April 2019 Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council will be replaced by a single district council called West Suffolk Council. It will entirely replace the borough and district councils but will continue to deliver the same services while finding improved ways of supporting communities, businesses and the local economy. Over the next few weeks you may notice changes to the website, forms, letters and emails as we prepare for the creation of the new council.
Parish plans document how residents would like to see their parish or village develop. Parish plans are put together after consultation with interested residents. For more information and help producing a parish plan, visit: Community Action Suffolk, community led planning
Neighbourhood plans allow communities to shape development in their area. This includes where new homes and businesses should go. Neighbourhood plans will be led us and the relevant town and parish councils.
Once the plan has been written it will be examined independently and then will be subject to approval by local residents. More information can be found in our Planning policy section on the page Neighbourhood planning. Advice for communities is also available at: Gov.UK, neighbourhood planning