Rushmere St Andrew Neighbourhood Plan

A group of residents, alongside members of the Parish Council are drawing up a Neighbourhood Plan for the parish. The parish was formally designated a neighbourhood area by East Suffolk Council in February 2020 and we will be developing a neighbourhood plan for the parish over the course of the next few years.

Your Parish, Your Say!

From late November to January 3rd there is an opportunity for residents to help the team decide what should be in our Neighbourhood Plan.  To do this, please complete the survey. It should not take too long to complete…… how about making a cup of tea and whilst you are enjoying your cuppa complete the survey? Prizes can also be won for completing Section 6 of the youth questionnaire. More details about the competition below.

East Suffolk Council has recently adopted the District Plan, also referred to as the Suffolk Coastal Local Plan. We would very much like to provide local detail to this adopted district plan. The Neighbourhood Plan is intended to highlight the unique qualities in our parish.  It will be used to help preserve and enhance the environment and to guide future development in the Parish. 

Once “made” (i.e. completed), the Rushmere St Andrew Neighbourhood Plan becomes a legal document which will be reviewed from time to time and remain valid for the next 15 years or so.  Planning applications made in Rushmere St Andrew will then have to be determined in accordance with both the Local and Neighbourhood Plans. 

It is also about protecting what we like about the community we live in and to look at how the parish should evolve and improve, so please use the opportunity to tell us what is important to you.  The survey is an invitation to have your say on important issues such as future housing needs, the landscape, environment and parish amenities, roads and transport. 

There is a householder questionnaire and a youth questionnaire.  Please answer either as a household or as individuals if you wish. The youth questionnaire is for anyone in your household who is under 18.

It is intended that this survey will mainly be completed online by visiting

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/F58PQJ/ for the householder questionnaire

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/A164AZ/ for the youth questionnaire (for under 18s).

If you do prefer, a paper copy is available by contacting the Parish Office – pc@rushmere-st-andrew.org.uk or phoning the Parish Office on 01473 711509.  If there is anything you’re not sure about when completing the survey please call the Parish Office.  Please be aware that the Parish Office staff work part-time so responses may take a day or so.

We ask that all responses and contacts regarding this questionnaire should be done remotely without the need to visit the Parish Office.  If you have chosen to complete a paper copy of the questionnaire this should be posted to the following address: Clerk to the Parish, Rushmere St Andrew Parish Council Office, Tower Hall, 5 Broadlands Way, Rushmere St Andrew,  IP4 5SU.  There is a post box on the outside of the building at Tower Hall.

If anyone in your household has tested positive for Coronavirus or has been required to self-isolate, please do not post paper returns. Should you feel it’s vital that your voice is heard please telephone the office for advice. 

Competition Time

Lammeys Geometric

Three prizes can be won for completing a drawing or piece of writing/ poetry in the textbox on the previous page about how you see “RUSHMERE ST ANDREW IN THE FUTURE”.                   

Please make sure you have included your Name, Age and Contact Details.

If you have completed the questionnaire on-line you may enter the competition by using a sheet of A4 paper.  This can be posted to the Parish Council (address details on page 6) or alternatively, you can email a photograph of your drawing or writing/ poetry to pc@rushmere-st-andrew.org.uk.  If you have completed a paper copy of the questionnaire then your entry will be included within that.

The winning entries will be judged by members of the Rushmere St Andrew Neighbourhood Plan Working Group. Entries are not permitted from people who are directly related to members of the Parish Council or Neighbourhood Working Group.

What next….

Alongside the questionnaires the neighbourhood working group together with Places4People, Alison Farmer Associates and AECOM are also working on a landscape character assessment and design codes for the parish and identifying locally important buildings and open spaces in the parish. We will be giving residents more information on these aspects together with the results of the questionnaires in February 2021. We will publish more details about public events in the new year.

Further Information on Neighbourhood Plans and the Working Group                        

Please click on the links below to access additional information about neighbourhood planning, the Rushmere St Andrew Neighbourhood Working Group, etc.

Relevant national government guidance on neighbourhood planning:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/neighbourhood-planning--2

Relevant East Suffolk Council webpages about neighbourhood planning:

https://www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/planning/neighbourhood-planning/preparing-a-neighbourhood-plan/

To view the Suffolk Coastal Local Plan and review of the plan https://www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/planning/planning-policy-and-local-plans/suffolk-coastal-local-plan/local-plan-review/

Rushmere St Andrew Parish Profile produced by East Suffolk Council (scroll down to Rushmere St Andrew and click on this link)

https://www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/planning/neighbourhood-planning/town-and-village-profiles/

Formal Designation Neighbourhood Area (pdf)

Terms of Reference Working Group (pdf)