Planning and development advice

Countywide guidance for all planning developments in Suffolk. The information provided should be used alongside the advice of each district council.

Further advice and guidance can be found on the Planning Portal or by contacting your district or borough council. You can also read our advice on minerals and waste development and transport planning.

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Standard drawings for vehicular access

Standard drawings published by Suffolk Highways including access layout, footways, passing place, car turning place and layout on classified roads.

Estate Road Specification

Roads in residential or industrial developments must meet requirements for materials and workmanship in order to be adopted by Suffolk County Council.

Suffolk Design Guide for Residential Areas

Advising house builders about the design of residential areas in Suffolk including choice of materials, individual dwellings and roads.

Air quality management

Guidelines for local authorities to use when considering the impact of new developments on air quality; and about the air quality management areas in Suffolk.

Parking guidance

2014 Suffolk Guidance for Parking published by Suffolk County Council for parking in new developments and changes to parking in existing developments.

Section 106 planning obligations

About the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and how it's being introduced by councils in Suffolk and information on the Section 106 Developers Guide.

Travel plans

Information on sustainable travel, school travel plans, work place travel plans and requirements for new developments

Planning advice archive

Planning advice and environment reports which have been archived as they have been replaced by newer documents.

Spatial planning

Spatial planning seeks to integrate land use policies with other important policy objectives to achieve sustainable development.

Riparian ownership in Suffolk

Explaining the rights and responsibilities of riparian (private) owners of ditches, streams, or other watercourses

Planning a development in a flood zone

Advice for developers and local authorities about developing on a flood zone.