Planning & Environment Committee
The Planning & Environment Committee's main task is to review planning applications, and to monitor building and environmental developments in and around the town.
The committee is also establishing a new community led Environment Advisory Group and maintains a watching brief for environment issues across the Council.
Planning Applications & Public Consultation
The Town Council is a statutory consultee on planning consent applications and is also involved in District and County Structure Plans.
East Suffolk Council (ESC) decides on planning applications based on planning law, their own Local Plan and the Framlingham Neighbourhood Plan (which has legal status for planning in Framlingham). ESC is also obliged to consult Framlingham Town Council on planning applications.
The Town Council considers planning applications twice a month – at the planning committee meeting and at Full Council meetings. We have 21 days to respond to applications, and our comments are considered by Suffolk Coastal District Council (SCDC), but the final decision rests with their planning department or with the Chief Planning Officer who has "delegated authority" to decide refusal or approval.
Letters supporting or objecting to an application should be sent directly to Suffolk Coastal District Council and a copy sent to Framlingham Town Council. These are considered by SCDC at their monthly Development Control Sub-Committee meeting to determine refusal or approval.
This sub-committee meets at the SCDC offices in Woodbridge and the meeting is open to the public who have a right to speak at an allocated time. Ensure you arrive early and identify yourself to the appropriate officer advising that you wish to speak.
By working closely with Suffolk Coastal District Council we hope that our comments help maintain the beauty of our unique town while improving and expanding in a sensitive manner to the benefit of all.
PLANNING & ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE usually meets on the third Monday of each month.
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Committee Terms of Reference & Action Plan
Links to documents: Terms and Reference for each committee and the Action Plan can be included here