(Last updated 21/5/18)
Designation and Process
Mid Suffolk District Council has issued a notice designating the Neighbourhood Plan area. It covers the parished area of Eye Town.
The notice and area map can be found at: www.midsuffolk.gov.uk/EyeNP
It is now the responsibility of the Town Council to progress the plan, which we will do over the coming months with the help and support of local residents. We intend to publish a draft version of the Eye Neighbourhood Plan for public consultation in the Autumn of 2018. Before that a round of consultation has already been undertaken and a range of technical work is underway including an assessment of possible development sites, a housing needs survey and a housing needs assesssment. Based on this information some alternative visions for Eye will be created and a further round of consultation is planned for July 2018.
Once the draft Plan is published for comment in the Autumn it will be amended to take account of people’s views and then submitted to Mid Suffolk District Council. It is then its responsibility to publish it again, have a public examination and then submit it for approval in a referendum of the people of the Town. All being well the plan should be adopted by the District Council during 2019. It will then, along with the District Council’s Local Plan, form the development plan for Eye against which planning applications will be determined.
If you want to find out more please contact Andy Robinson, Eye Town Council Project Co-ordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07771942583
Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group
The Town Council has set up a Steering Group to oversee the preparation of the Neighbourhood Plan. The notes of its meetings are posted here:
The first stage in the preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan is to collect evidence about the local area. The information below has been collected so far.
If you have any evidence you would like to submit please contact Andy Robinson, Eye Town Council Project Co-ordinator on email@example.com or 07771 942583.
Eye Parish Plan
The last Parish Plan for Eye was published in 2009: Eye Parish Plan
Population and Housing
Suffolk Community Foundation published a report on deprivation in Suffolk called ‘Hidden Needs’.
The document is County-wide but maps within it have links to web pages which allow you to get information about wards including Eye.
Social and Community
Note of a workshop about improving support for older people in Eye held in December 2016 including an Action Plan: Older people
Note of a workshop about improving services for young people in Eye held in January 2017 including an Action Plan: Younger People
Planning and Development
Mid Suffolk District Council is currently preparing a new local plan for the period to 2031.
The consultation plan and various supporting documents can be found at:
This is a summary of the implications of the consultation draft for Eye: Consultation Plan
The Town Council held a drop in for the community to give its views on the proposals in the consultation plan and this is a summary of those comments: Drop-in Notes
An indicative masterplan was published for the land with outline permission for housing north of Castleton Way and south of the Airfield in 2015: Development Brief
The General Environment and Traffic
Included within the evidence base for the Local Plan is a study of landscape characteristics of the District:
A landscape appraisal of Eye Airfield was published by the District Council in 2011: Landscape Appraisal
Eye Town Council, Mid Suffolk District Council and Suffolk County Council commissioned a study to find out how Eye residents could have more influence on and play a bigger part in delivering public services. This is the report by Locality Matters: Eye presentation
Further detailed evidence will be added during the process along with a summary of this evidence.
If you have any comments on the Neighbourhood Plan at any time please contact Andy Robinson, Eye Town Council Project Co-ordinator – firstname.lastname@example.org or ring on 07771 942583.