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VILLAGE MATTERS (News & What's on)

Message from Planning and Building Control, Babergh District Council

Joint Local Validation List Consultation - Monday 22 January 2024 to Monday 4 March 2024

Since our Local Validation List (LVL) was amended last year, our new Joint Local Plan (JLP) has been adopted and the LVL has undergone further revisions as a consequence. These revisions are such that formal six week consultation will be required, giving interested parties an opportunity to make any comments prior to the Joint LVL being adopted.

There are two LVL documents, one for Householder applications and one for Major and Minor applications. The Householder draft LVL is largely unaltered, with the exception of a new requirement for Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG).

Please see documents below:

1. Joint LVL Part 1 Householder (PDF)
2. Joint LVL Part 2 Major and Minor (PDF)

The new draft document for Minor and Major applications is numbered in the same way as the existing, with new sub numbering used where necessary and in a logical, thematic position (e.g. the existing Ecological Survey & Impact Assessment requirement is at 17a and is now followed by new item BNG at 17b).

Everything after 28 is a new item.

The main new matters covered by the draft LVL for Minor and Major applications are:

• Building for a healthy life - Wellbeing Impact Assessment
• Biodiversity Net Gain
• Flood Risk Assessment for some Minor applications.

In addition, the following have been added. Validation details are now required for:

• Intensive livestock and poultry farming
• Rural Workers’ dwellings
• Employment land within the Strategic Corridors
• Tourist accommodation
• Water supply management
• Water resources and infrastructure
• Town centre uses

Some applications will now require the following:

• Safe, sustainable and active travel compliance
• Transport statements and assessments
• Transport Network Noise Assessment

Have your say

The consultation is being held from Monday 22 January 2024 to Monday 4 March 2024. Please submit your comments using the link below before the closing date:

joint-lvl-part-1-householder-final-31-10-23-pdf (

The Parish Council held a series of workshops to investigate new projects and initiatives for development of facilities in the village.
The projects were initially identified as priorities during the first Neighbourhood Plan and have been added to by the work undertaken during the revision of the plan.
The projects take in the impact of the growth of the village, and where we expect the demand to be increasing. It is expected that the investment programme will be funded from a combination of PC reserves, CIL monies and applications for grants from other organisations.
The results of the workshops are outlined in full in a paper presented to the PC and which can be found on our website.
The projects will undergo further feasibility studies with the results being brought back to the PC between now and Sept 2024.

The key points from this are:

- The projects arise from the consultation on our first NP and include the work to revise the NP.
- successful consultation on NP revisions on 3 Feb and associated survey indicates strong village support for these initiatives
- PC has scoped the projects and will report back to the PC with feasibility studies between now and Sept 2024
- Click below for the link to the full paper:

8.4 EBPC workshops feedback strategic investment plan 2024.pdf (

East Bergholt Cinema: Children’s & Teenage Films February 23rd 2024

Children’s 4pm-6pm
All children will need to be accompanied by an adult
Pay on the door.
Adults £3 and children £1

This film adaptation of a Roald Dahl work tells the story of Matilda Wormwood (Mara Wilson), a gifted girl forced to put up with a crude, distant father (Danny DeVito) and mother (Rhea Perlman). Worse, Agatha Trunchbull (Pam Ferris), the evil principal at Matilda's school, is a terrifyingly strict bully. However, when Matilda realizes she has the power of telekinesis, she begins to defend her friends from Trunchbull's wrath and fight back against her unkind parents.

Teenage Film 7.30pm
Children over 12 years old
Pay on the door

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny
Finding himself in a new era, and approaching retirement, Indy wrestles with fitting into a world that seems to have outgrown him. But as the tentacles of an all-too-familiar evil return in the form of an old rival, Indy must don his hat and pick up his whip once more to make sure an ancient and powerful artifact doesn't fall into the wrong hands.

Colleagues in the Suffolk County Council Transport Strategy Team have asked us to make you aware of a public consultation they are running on the latest update of the Local Transport Plan. The consultation page and survey has been launched 12th February 2024 and will be active for eight weeks. More information is available here:

Neighbourhood Plan

Thank you to all those that responded to the drop-in and online consultation. We will be using the results and other data to start drafting a set of policies for the new Neighbourhood Plan. Watch this space!

Traffic Notice-

There are works scheduled during the first quarter of this calendar year on Heath Road between Putticks Lane and Woodgates Road. We have not been given an exact date for these works.

Two Suffolk councils are calling on local landowners to help them increase the districts’ tree coverage and improve biodiversity.

To mark this week’s National Tree Week, Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils, working with the Woodland Trust, are calling for land which could be planted on or improved for nature.

For more details, click the link below.

No Cold Calling Zones and No Cold Calling stickers

How to take action on unwanted cold callers at your door.

A No Cold Calling Zone (NCCZ) is a nominated area where residents have stated that they do not want traders to cold call at their homes without being invited. They are set up if they meet proportionality criteria that includes incidents of doorstep crime or distraction burglary, are a population more susceptible to doorstep crime, and are within a defined geographic area.

Residents in the nominated NCCZ area are consulted with and with their agreement a NCCZ is set up and an information pack, door sticker and street signage provided.

Trading Standards have set up zones in Suffolk, in partnership with residents, Councillors, Police colleagues and partners.

The zones have been designed to:

  • reduce doorstep crime and distraction burglaries
  • deter cold callers
  • educate residents and empower them not to engage with cold callers

There are currently nearly 200 zones throughout Suffolk, protecting approximately 10,000 homes. Further zones are always under development.

Over 20,000 further homes are individually protected by the supply of a No Cold Calling door sticker.

For further info:

No Cold Calling Zones and No Cold Calling stickers - Suffolk County Council


A copy of the draft order and plans showing the road affected, together with a copy of the Council’s reasons for this proposal, may be seen with advance notice at the address below, 9.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. Monday – Friday and at Capel St Mary Library, Village Hall, The Street, Capel St Mary, IP9 2EF, Tuesday; 09:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday - Thursday 09:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Friday 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday 09:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (excluding public holidays and bank holidays). Objections or any other representations related to the proposed waiting restrictions, specifying the grounds on which they are made, must reach Suffolk County Council Legal Services at the address below or at not later than11 October 2023. Please bear in mind that any such correspondence cannot be regarded as confidential and may be inspected by any interested party.

Traffic in the Village - Feedback from Workshop 24-May-2023

The workshop was held at the Congregational Church East Bergholt on the evening of 24 May 2023.

78 people attended. Most completed a Feedback Form, a summary on concerns focusing on:

  • Traffic speeds.
  • Inadequate parking, corner parking, pavement and green verge parking
  • 3. Hadleigh Rd and Village Centre parking.
  • 4. Traffic volumes, and pupil safety outside Nursery, Primary and High Schools.
  • 5. Narrow and non existent pavements and vegetation growing across paths.

Suggestions to help alleviate issues included:

  • provide public electric charging points for those without off street parking
  • introduce time limited parking outside the Co-Op/ Village Centre/ Burnt Oak corner.
  • widen pavements.
  • yellow lines low cost solution.
  • village gateway at Primary School.
  • 15 mph limit on Flatford Lane/ Quite lane designation.
  • new pavement from War Memorial to Fen Lane.
  • larger village car park.
  • use pumpkin patch for car park.
  • extend lay-by on Hadleigh Road.
  • cycle path up Touchy Hill.
  • cycle paths to both schools.
  • one way Gandish Road.
  • chicanes at village entrances.

Other issues

  • road bumps difficult for disabled
  • improve public transport
  • parking not addressed in PJA report
  • 4 Sisters junction.

Comments on Post-It Notes - these mainly reiterated the Feedback Form issues but some new suggestions did emerge:

  • provide disabled access across the village cycle path to Manningtree
  • connect up pavements across the village by filling missing gaps
  • speed cameras on B1070
  • 30mph limit on Straight Rd
  • 20mph limit in village
  • businesses to provide off street parking for staff
  • have the PJA interventions worked elsewhere?
  • what are the costs/ how funded?

Feedback from Group Discussions
The resounding high-level themes from the Group Discussions were:

  • need for coherent and joined-up parking proposals/ solutions across the village
  • safety issues outside the schools and nursery caused by traffic are a major issue
  • insufficient parking at both schools needs a solution.
  • speed limits across the village are favoured but must be enforceable.
  • wider and complete pavements and cycle paths would assist everyone.
  • Touchy Hill footpath and cycle path needed - are paths beyond the hedges possible, including Straight Road ?

Overall KEY themes

Ranking of PJA’s Proposals based on Feedback at the Workshop.

  • 37 feedback forms were completed with ranked proposals.
  • some of these forms represented a group response,
  • and it is estimated that the forms represent at least 50 people out of the 78 who signed the register and attended on the night.

RESULTS in descending order of importance based on mean rank scores were:

  1. B Heath Rd B1070/ High School. 2.5
  2. G 20mph limit 3.1
  3. D Village Centre. 3.5
  4. C Hadleigh Road/Street Junction. 3.7
  5. A Heath Road B1070/ Gaston End. 4.7
  6. F Burnt Oak Corner. 5.3
  7. H Village Gateways. 5.8
  8. E Rectory Hill - War Memorial. 7.1

There were 16 forms that had added proposal to address the Primary School/ Nursery/ Hadleigh Road Parking as a new option (I)This scored an average 1.25, so well above the rest. This concern also came through very strongly from the Group feedback.

The interventions that were ranked first most often were;

  • 20mph limit, 14 times out of 37 responses
  • Heath Road B1070/ High School 13 times out of 35 responses
  • Primary School/ Hadleigh Rd 10 times out of 16 responses - the outside entry!
  • Village Centre, 6 times out of 34 responses
  • Hadleigh Road / Street Junction 2/34
  • Village Gateways 1/33

Prepared and published on website: 7.6.23

Download the full feedback report EBNP Traffic Management Workshop 24-May-2023 feedback.pdf

Suffolk County Council Highways - Reporting Problems

Two Parish Councillors recently visited the local Suffolk County Council Highways Service Delivery Centre. The Highways Officers advised our Councillors that the most effective way of reporting any Highways issues is via the County Council's online reporting tool. Any problem will then be picked up and allocated a reference number. The issue will be looked at by an appropriate member of the Highways Team, prioritised, the area will be inspected if considered necessary, and a solution to any required work will be allocated, if considered appropriate.

For further information on any of the above contact the East Bergholt Parish Clerk.

Your Elected Representatives

Parliament Member James Cartlidge Email
County Councillor Georgia Hall Email
District Council John Hinton Email
Parish Council See List of Councillors Email

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