Neighbourhood Plan

Send us your comments, views, thoughts, ideas….

Neighbourhood planning logo with drawn images of a tree, a house, a bridge, a car, a workplace and people, all in different colours

The drop in event on 27th June 2018 was a huge success.  138 signatures agreeing the Plan Boundary of the 153 who signed in.  See the news page post. An image gallery and published minutes and other documents can be found further down this page.

Meetings are scheduled for every second Thursday of the month.

Thursday 28th of February

A meeting dedicated to exploring what the vision should be for the Village what the key building blocks of the Plan should be.  What are our ‘must haves’ and ‘won’t haves’?

The Draft Masterplan for the development of Shepherd’s Grove site will also be discussed.

Neighbourhood Plan - Document & Meeting Timeline

The table below lists the five most recent documents from the neighbourhood planning group. Search or change the filters for more.
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19Forthcoming Meetings in Priory Room 7.30pmMarch 2019
April 2019
May 2019
June 2019
1828th February 2019Agenda
1725th February 2019Community Infrastructure Levy CIL
All of the Community Infrastructure Levy information on B&MSDC website

CIL Guidance document

All of the Community Infrastructure Levy information on B&MSDC website

CIL and s106 information

Devloper Contributions Database - This new facility makes developer contributions more accessible to the public and stakeholders, allowing them to quickly access information about how development has contributed to their communities.

1624th February 2019Steps towards adoption of a Neighbourhood Plan:
1 Getting Started

2 Identifying the issues to be addressed

3 Developing a vision and objectives

4 Generating options for a draft Neighbourhood Plan

5 Preparing the Draft Neighbourhood Plan

6 Consultation and Submission

7 Independent Examination

8 Referendum and Adoption
1522nd February 2019Draft Masterplan for proposed development of Shepherd's Grove site, Stanton
More information can be found at:

1427th January 2019BMSDC Draft Housing Land Supply Position Statement & Consultation timelines
1324th January 2019Meeting was Cancelled
1229th November 2018
Minutes to follow
1115th November 2018
Minutes to follow
104th October 2018Minutes
931 July 2018WleW NP Area Designation Notice
Plan Boundary
826th July 2018Minutes
727th June 2018News item 'all day' drop in session - Plan Boundary

Views collected on proposed strands of the Neighbourhood Plan...
Flood Risk
Green Issues
Jobs & Shops
School & Early Years
Sports & Lesiure
Anything Else
631 May 2018Minutes
525th April 2018
428th March 2018
327th February 2018
Draft Mission Statement

Come and join us. Get involved!

Why might Walsham need a Neighbourhood Plan?

walsham le willows word cloud logo for neighbourhood plan

Specifically, a Neighbourhood Plan would…

  • Give the village a voice, the right to be heard by those who make the local plans.
  • Protect and enhance the important character and identity of this historic Suffolk village.
  • Ensure suitable size and scale of development in appropriate locations.
  • Protect important assets and encourage community benefits.
  • Enable Walsham le Willows to maintain its identity as an attractive and comfortable place to live, work and play for both current residents and future generations alike.

In other words, a Neighbourhood Plan, agreed by the people of the village, will sit next to the Local Plan, a document which sets planning policy for the whole District and is currently being developed by MSDC.  Along with the Local Plan, a Neighbourhood Plan has to be taken into account by District and County Councils when planning decisions affecting Walsham are under consideration.

It is the view of the Neighbourhood Plan group as currently constituted that if the village wants a voice that will be heard and acted upon, it needs to have a Neighbourhood Plan! 

Some ideas to get us started…











Everyone’s views are important, and indeed required, for the development of a Neighbourhood Plan.  The group will be looking to involve the whole village in a search to discover how people see Walsham developing in the future.

Do you agree? This is how can you get involved…

  • Read our updates in the Observer
  • Drop back here regularly where the latest information can be found on the news page with and outline and archived information on this Neighbourhood Plan page (accessed quickly from the top menu).
  • If you would like to play a more active part,  meetings are at 7.00pm, on the last Wednesday of the month, at the Priory Room. The group will be happy to welcome you!

       walsham le willows neighbourhood plan 'working together' logo

Please remember – Everyone’s views are important!

Neighbourhood Planning Group Contacts

#Member & emailTelephone
1Alan Twite
2Alison Martin
3Amanda Ellis
4Eddie Dougall
5Gordon Murray
6Jaclyn Clark
7Jimmy Bailey
8John Blakeway
9Kathryn Blakeway
10Kevin Boardley
01359 259 794
11Maggie Barber
12Mick Mansfield
13Phil Newby
01359 259 459
14Richard Belson
15Sally Johnston
16Trevor Roberts
17Tracey Gorzelak
18Mike Ayres