Welcome to the Copdock and Washbrook Neighbourhood Planning website. The material on this website has been provided by the Copdock and Washbrook Neighbourhood Steering Group on behalf of the Parish Council.

In 2018 a Steering Group of the Parish Council commenced the preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan. The Government encourages parish councils to produce their own Neighbourhood Plans enabling local people to have a say in how their neighbourhood grows and develops.

Pre-Submission Consultation on Draft Neighbourhood Plan

We have now reached the Pre-Submission Consultation Stage.  The consultation runs from Saturday 29 February to Saturday 11 April (inclusive).  The draft Neighbourhood Plan document can be downloaded below. 

We would welcome your comments. These can be submitted online or by completing the form below and returning it as instructed on the form.  Comments must be received by 5.00pm on Monday 13 April 2020.

Use the following link to access The Neighbourhood Plan

Use the following link to access the On-line Comments Form

Use the following link to download the Comments Form

A consultation launch event was held at Copdock Primary School on Saturday 29 February.  The display boards from that event can be downloaded below.

Consultation Launch Event 29 February Display Boards

Following the completion of the consultation, we will review comments received, make any necessary amendments to the Plan and then submit it to Babergh District Council in order that it can proceed to examination and village referendum later this year.

Previous Stages...

The Neighbourhood Plan preparation process includes a number of stages that have to be completed before the Plan is adopted. These are:

1. Designation of Neighbourhood Area

The Neighbourhood Plan Area, covering the whole of the parish, was originally designated by Babergh District Council in September 2018.  This is the area that the Neighbourhood Plan covers.

2. Information Gathering

On 8 November 2017 we held a village drop-in event to explain the neighbourhood plan process and gather comments and feedback from residents.

A resident’s survey followed and the summary of results can be viewed here.

We’ve also prepared a number of background “evidence” documents to support the policies in the Plan.  Supporting documents prepared by AECOM - Design Guidelines and Alison Farmer’s Landscape Appraisal.

3. Pre-Submission Consultation on Draft Plan

This is the stage we’ve now reached.

Future Stages...

4. Submission of amended Plan to Babergh District Council

5. Further Consultation by Babergh District Council 

6. Independent Examination of Plan

7. Village Referendum

8. Making (adoption) of Plan by Babergh District Council

More information about Neighbourhood Plans can be found from the following resources:

Babergh District Council

Locality Neighbourhood Planning Support

Government Planning Guidance