Kesgrave Neighbourhood Plan (History Page)


Update May 2019

The Kesgrave Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents have been prepared by the community to establish a vision for the future of our town and set out how it will be realised through planning and controlling land use and development over the next 17 years.  It has been in progress for almost two years with input from organisations, via public meetings, etc.

We are now in a position to put the draft plan to public consultation.  Any comments will then be considered before the plan is submitted to East Suffolk Council which will take it forward to an independent Inspector.

The public consultation will begin in early June for a period of eight weeks. The Neighbourhood Plan will be available on the town council website and in print at Kesgrave Town Council Office.

As part of the consultation process, there will be an opportunity to ask questions at Kesgrave Fun Day on Saturday 8 June from 11am and future Kesgrave Markets in June and July. There will also be drop-in sessions at the Kesgrave Town Council Office, dates and times to be confirmed.

Comments need to be sent in writing to Kesgrave Town Council either as a letter or email; comments can only be made by Kesgrave residents, businesses and community organisations based in or with a direct interest in Kesgrave. Responses will therefore need to include your address; this will not be used for any other purpose.

Update March 2019

The draft plan is now in its final stages of preparation and we hope to be able to present this to the electorate of Kesgrave shortly. However due to the elections in May, our consultation period will have to be moved back by 8 weeks, this will unfortunately mean our planned date for the referendum may have to be moved from the end of 2019, to the start of 2020.

We will confirm consultation dates on the site.

What can I DO?

Tell us what YOU think are priorities for the future development of Kesgrave!

NHP Opinion, C/O Kesgrave Town Council, Ferguson Way, Kesgrave, IP5 2FZ.

What’s been said so far Download – Community Engagement Day

What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

A land use plan that sets out planning policies for Kesgrave. Alongside those in the Suffolk Coastal Local Plan these policies will be used to guide decisions on planning applications and the future development of our services, amenities and activities.
It is written by the local community, the people who know and love the area, rather than Suffolk Coastal District Council.
It is a powerful tool to ensure we  get the right types of development that will better benefit our local community.
Not everything can be delivered at once especially where there is a cost involved. The plan will set out our aspirations and priorities for the long term.

What has happened so far?

Three community engagement events were held in July last year and these were followed up in October by an opinion questionnaire issued to every household. Around 800 replies were received. The results were analysed and documented in March. A further 58 young people filled in surveys at the Funday in June this year. Businesses and other interests  are being consulted as part of the process too.

The objectives set out below came about as a direct result of your survey responses.


Design and layout

  1. To protect the character of Kesgrave, particularly in respect of preserving the established openness of the built up areas and surrounding countryside.

THIS MEANS we are looking to:

  • Ensure our wooded areas and the Longstrops fields are preserved as now; and that
  • residential infill development reflects the character of the surrounding area and protects the amenity of neighbours.


  1. To preserve and enhance the quality of green spaces and landscaping.

THIS MEANS we are looking to:

  • Retain what we have, plant more trees, improve the facilities provided, and encourage their responsible use.
  1. To ensure development does not increase air pollution.

THIS MEANS we are looking to:

  • Encourage greater use of public transport by seeking improvements in services; and
  • reduce dependence on cars by enhancing local amenities.
  1. To ensure wildlife thrives and wildlife corridors are protected and enhanced.

THIS MEANS we are looking to:

  • Conserve and enhance our woods as recognised nature spots.

Facilities & Well-being

  1. To expand and enhance the range and quality of recreational and sporting facilities so that it fully serves the needs of Kesgrave’s community today.

THIS MEANS we are looking to:

  • Increase the number of sports fields and facilities and fill the gaps we have in providing opportunities compared to other Suffolk towns.

Roads, Transport & Safety

  1. To address issues of vehicle congestion and safety at key road junctions serving Kesgrave.
  2. To provide better alternatives to the car for local journeys by expanding and improving the cycle path network.
  3. To increase the provision of usable off-road parking in order to enhance the character of Kesgrave and improve pedestrian and cycle safety.

What are the NEXT STEPS?

To take into account your feedback in designing a set of policies that expand on our OBJECTIVES in a more detailed and practical way.
Complete writing the PLAN document and put it forward to an independent Examiner for approval.
Everyone will then have an opportunity to accept or reject the PLAN through a referendum.


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Up and coming meetings

april, 2021

12apr6:15 pmPlanning and Development Meeting

12apr7:15 pmCommunity and Recreation Committee MeetingMeeting held at 7.15pm on Teams

19apr7:15 pmAnnual Town MeetingYou are invited to attend the Virtual Teams Meeting

26apr6:15 pmPlanning and Development Meeting

26apr7:15 pmEvent CancelledKesgrave Town Council Meeting