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Vision 2031

Vision 2031 documents (Bury St Edmunds, Haverhill and Rural) were submitted to the Secretary of State for examination on 24 October 2013. For more information visit: Vision 2031 examination.

The Planning Inspectorate has appointed Roger Clews BA MSc DipEd DipTP MRTPI  as Independent Inspector on behalf of the Secretary of State to take charge of the examination of the St Edmundsbury Vision 2031 documents.


All contact with the Planning Inspector must be made through the Programme Officer.



All comments received on the final submission documents are now available for online viewing at 

Regulation 19 of The Town and County Planning (Local Development) (England) Regulations 2012

Vision 2031 logos 200x150Vision 2031 is a comprehensive plan to guide the overall direction of how and where the borough will grow and change.

Vision 2031 is part of the council's Local Plan, which establishes where development will take place across the borough over the next 20 years. Once adopted the documents will be part of the statutory planning policy for the borough.

The three documents, Bury St Edmunds Vision 2031, Haverhill Vision 2031 and Rural Vision 2031, have been revised following a period of public consultation between March-April 2012.
For details visit: Vision 2031 - site allocation documents

Our factsheets look at different aspects of Vision 2031 and may help you to understand the process:

The principal consultation documents are available at the links below with all supplementary documents available on the online public consultation system at

Bury St Edmunds Vision 2031 (PDF 5.12Mb) Haverhill Vision 2031 ((PDF 4.48Mb) Rural Vision 2031 (PDF 4.90Mb)

The sites that have not been chosen to be taken forward as allocations, and are not identified in the Vision 2031 Policies Map Book June 2013, can be viewed via the links below.

Draft Infrastructure Delivery Plans

These documents are available for viewing and respond to at  

Gypsy and Traveller Call for Sites

The council issued a call for any suitable, available and deliverable Gypsy and Traveller sites during the 2010 Rural Site Allocations document consultation. No suitable sites were identified through this process and hence no sites have been allocated in any of the Vision documents, due to the difficulties this would present in demonstrating the potential deliverability of sites.

A further call for suitable, available and deliverable site was issued during this final period of consultation on the Vision 2031 documents, to assess whether the situation has changed in the last two years.

For any queries please contact us at

Planning Policy, Planning and Regulatory Services, St Edmundsbury Borough Council, West Suffolk House, Western Way, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3YU

Email :

Tel: 01284 757368.

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