What powers does Trimley St Martin Parish Council have?
East Suffolk District Council let the Parish Council know when a local planning application is submitted. Any views expressed by the Parish Council will be considered by the Planning Authority before a decision is made, providing the points made are relevant to the determination of a planning application, but that does not necessarily mean that the decision will be made in line with the Parish Council’s views.
The final decision is made by the Planning Authority, not the Parish Council
Do parish councils grant planning permission?
Town and parish councils are not Planning Authorities. Town and parish councils do have the right to be informed of planning applications within the parish.
Town and Parish Councils cannot approve or reject planning applications.
Town and Parish Councils can comment on planning applications in the same way that individuals can comment.
The length of time taken to determine a planning application is governed by the local planning authority not by the Parish Council.
Find out more about the planning process
You can find out more about the process, how to comment on a planning application and what constitutes a material consideration via the East Suffolk Planning site
Large Scale Applications
Land adjacent to Reeve Lodge
East Suffolk Council have received an outline application for the erection of up to 139 new homes (including provision of up to 46 affordable homes), land for a 2-form entry primary school with pre-school, open space, SUDS and all associated infrastructure provision. You can see details of the application which has the reference DC/20/5279/OUT on the East Suffolk Public Access site
This application for outline permission was considered and approved by the Planning Committee of East Suffolk Council on 19 April 2022.
Concern about the impact of development on traffic flow and air quality in Trimley St Martin runs high; as a result Trimley St Martin Parish Council decided to commission a third party review of the transport assessment for the proposed development. The third party review has now been completed by Vemco Consulting and was accepted by the Parish Council Planning Committee at their meeting on 22 April.
DC/20/1860/OUT Land off Howlett Way
An outline planning application for the construction of 340 dwellings on this site is currently awaiting decision. You can view the documents by visiting the East Suffolk Planning site https://publicaccess.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/online-applications/ and searching under reference DC/20/1860/OUT
The Parish Council's response can be seen here
DC/16/1919/FUL Land at High Road Trimley St Martin (Flagship Development)
Erection of 69 new homes with associated access, landscaping and amenity space.Work has now started on the site.
Click here to see a copy of the phasing plan which sets out the order in which construction will take place.
The site will provide 28 affordable homes (23 rented and 5 shared ownership)
These homes will be managed by Flagship, but the allocations for the rented homes will be done by Gateway to Homechoice which is the scheme for letting social housing in East Suffolk and a number of other council areas in parts of Suffolk and Essex. If you are interested in the rental properties you will need to register via https://www.gatewaytohomechoice.org.uk/
Anyone interested in the shared ownership homes can register their interest with Flagship using the details on the branding, but they will still need to be registered https://www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/housing/shared-ownership/
Taylor Wimpey Site - Land Opposite the Hand in Hand
Reserved matters have now been approved under reference DC/20/2890/ARM . The application relates to the development of up to 70 dwellings, public open space and associated infrastructure
Information has been received from Taylor Wimpey about their initial construction timetable, their arrangements for working on the site and how to get in touch with them to discuss any concerns. Here is a scanned copy of their leaflet.
The Parish Council was consulted on a variation of conditions application relating to the removal of additional trees on the boundary of the site and the High Road. The Planning Committee considered their response to this application (DC/21/4862/VOC) at their meeting on 17 November and comments have now been submitted to the Planning Authority.
Network Rail - Felixstowe Branch Line
If you would like to find out more about the arguments which were advanced by the Parish Council at the 2018 Public Enquiry you can find a full copy of our Statement of Case here The Inspector's report can be seen here