The adopted Beccles Neighbourhood Development Plan has been produced by Beccles Town Council in consultation with residents, businesses, landowners, developers and other stakeholders

The Broads Authority and East Suffolk Council have both adopted the Beccles Neighbourhood Development Plan which is now a material consideration in determining planning applications.

In addition to the overall vision the proposed plan contains policies that seek to address specific local issues and help shape the way Beccles grows in the future. A number of the policies relate directly to comments and concerns raised by local residents.


Beccles Town Council submitted its proposed Neighbourhood Development Plan to East Suffolk  Council in December 2020.

In accordance with the amended Town and Country Planning Act 1990, East Suffolk Council made an initial assessment of the Neighbourhood Plan and the supporting documents and is satisfied that these comply with the specified criteria.

The Plan was then published for a period of six weeks and representations invited from members of the public and other consultation bodies. This period finished on 8 February 2021 and, subsequently, representations received were sent (along with the Plan and supporting documents) to an independent examiner.

The examiner conducted their examination based on written evidence, the examiners report concludes that the plan meets the basic conditions and that it should proceed to a referendum in Beccles.

East Suffolk Council and the Broads Authority considered the recommendations of the examiner and agreed with her proposed modifications of the Neighbourhood Plan.

The Neighbourhood Plan proceeded to a referendum on 16 September 2021. Read the declaration of the result of the Referendum.

More information can be found on the East Suffolk Council website.