The key purpose of the planning system is to control development in the public interest. East Suffolk District Council is Blythburgh's Local Planning Authority. It takes decisions on behalf of the whole community, within a system defined by local development documents such as the Local Area Plan and the National Planning Policy Framework. National guidance must be taken into account when making planning decisions.
The Parish Council is consulted about development applications within the parish, and elsewhere when Blythburgh is considered to have an interest. The Parish Council has a Planning Advisory Group which takes a first look at new applications and briefs the council on their content. Applications are discussed at regular council meetings or at special meetings arranged when a deadline for a response demands it. The council's comments must be based on material planning considerations and not councillors' personal views. The Parish Council has only an advisory role. Its views may or may not be accepted by the planning authority. Decisions are normally delegated to planning officers but if the parish council objects to a application (and in certain other circumstances) the application may be referred to the planning committee, after consultation with the / our district councillor. Only an applicant may appeal against a planning decision once it is made.
Details of current and past planning applications may be found on the District Council's web site at
In the search box at the bottom of the page that appears "Enter a keyword, reference number, postcode or single line of an address" you can simply enter "Blythburgh" and all applications will be shown.