Wickham Market Neighbourhood Plan
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A very warm welcome to our website. The Wickham Market Neighbourhood Plan is being created by local residents, community groups and businesses and will shape how the parish changes in the coming years. This website is to help you understand what the Plan means for our community and how you can get involved.

Update from the NP Chairman (October 2020)

The Neighbourhood Plan is still in the process of being updated considering all the comments received at Regulation 14 review stage.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a serious impact on the progress of the Neighbourhood Plan. The pandemic has caused an understandable delay, but during this period other factors have meant that some additional changes to the Neighbourhood Plan have been required. One of these factors is the review of car parking by ESC. This has had a significant impact as ESC have withdrawn the discounted monthly parking scheme which was for Wickham Market alone. This has forced the Neighbourhood Plan committee to reassess the need for a new car park and it has been decided to remove it from the Neighbourhood Plan completely. The issue of business parking in the village has been temporarily been resolved as people have been allowed to park in the Village Hall car park while the hall has been closed due to the pandemic. Now that the Village Hall is reopening this is beginning to cause an issue.

ESC issued their Local Plan on 23 September 2020. This plan contained a policy for 150 houses in a development within the Wickham Market settlement boundary, but in Pettistree parish. In addition to this development Wickham Market is to find land for the development of 70 new houses within the parish boundary by 2036. A planning application has now been submitted by Hopkins Homes for the Pettistree development and letters of objection have been sent by Wickham Market and Pettistree parish councils.

Work continues to finalise the Neighbourhood Plan and to complete the supporting documents which are:

a. The Habitats Regulation Assessment.
b. The Strategic Environmental Assessment
c. The Basic Conditions statement
d. The Consultation Statement.

Cllr Dick Jenkinson, Chairman of Wickham Market Neighbourhood Plan Committee

About our Parish

Wickham Market is a bustling, thriving community close to the River Deben within the Suffolk Coastal Heritage area. It is reached either by road, turning off the A12 approximately fifteen miles north-east of Ipswich, or by rail to its station at Campsea Ashe.

The centre of this large village offers convenient parking, a wide variety of shops with everything from hardware supplies, to food, hairdressers and newsagents, as well as a choice of places to eat. Within a ten-mile radius can be found the attractions of Easton Farm Park, the Snape Maltings, Framlingham Castle and Sutton Hoo.

Latest News

  • Update Oct 2020 - Despite the setbacks caused by Covid-19, we have been making steady progress with updating the Neighbourhood Plan which has undergone some major changes as a result of the Reg14 feedback and other factors.
  • Update Sept 2019 - The (Reg 14) consultation responses have all now been reviewed and collated.. Follow up actions have been identified to address the points raised and updates to the draft Plan are now in progress.
  • Update April 2019 - The (Reg 14) consultation period was completed on 1st April with over 60 responses received on the draft Plan. The NP team are currently assessing the responses in order to propose the changes needed to the Plan to addess the points raised.
  • Update Feb 2019 - Pre-Submission (Regulation 14) Version of the Neighbourhood Plan is now available. Go to the Documents page to view and/or download.
  • Update Jan 2019 - Initial draft of Neighbourhood Plan now submitted to SCDC. Initial draft of the Neighbournood Plan has been submitted to SCDC for informal review. Feedback so far has been positive and updates to address review comments are currently in progress.
  • Update Dec 2018 - Initial draft of Neighbourhood Plan in progress. After many months of analysing results from consultations and independent assessments, the team will shortly be submitting the initial draft of the Neighbournood Plan with associated policies to SCDC for informal review. Over the coming months there will be further formal reviews and consultations leading up to the Referendum with the community later this year. Further updates on progress will be issued here in due course.