Fressingfield Parish Council response to Government White paper in changes to planning

You can view the Parish council’s response to the government’s white paper here

Fressingfield Neighbourhood Plan – Update

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7.30 am-10.00 pm


Having passed examination and Stage One at Mid-Suffolk District Council the Neighbourhood Development Plan is ready to go to Referendum. Following referendum the plan will go to Mid Suffolk Council for approval and will be “ made”. It must then be taken fully into account by the Local Planning Authority when making decisions about all planning applications.

It has already been praised for the level of consultation which was carried out and now it is your turn to finally support it or not.

Copies of the final version of the Plan, Mid Suffolk Council Decision Statement and  Mid Suffolk Information Statement are available to look at : The Village Stores; Sancroft Hall and the Medical Centre. Please do not take away, so others can peruse. Copies of all documentation are available at

The referendum is carried out by Mid Suffolk Electoral Services and will be run as for any other national or local election. You will receive polling cards.

Please come along and vote as it is  truly a Parish Neighbourhood Plan.

Any queries please contact any of the Parish Councillors or Parish Clerk.

Fressingfield Neighbourhood Plan Information Sheet

Fressingfield Neighbourhood Plan Decision Statement

Grants to support parish groups and organisations.

The council has money set aside to support organisations and groups which have a local membership. It doesn’t matter if you are a well-established or just getting going. If you have a particular event or an idea to get off the ground, then you can apply for a grant from the parish council. This is using money raised through the precept. 

Detailed guidance and an application form can be downloaded from this site. For more information and advice, contact the parish clerk. He will be able to talk through the scheme and explain how you can apply. Please see the Policies page for more information.

The council also uses some of its funds to support organisations based outside the parish whose services parishioners may call on. This year these are East Anglian Air Ambulance, the Citizen’s Advice Bureau and Borderhoppa.

Updates – December 2019


There are new Planning applications lodged for both John Shepherd Road (DC/19/05740) & Stradbroke Road (DC/19/05741)

The Parish Council will be holding a Planning Committee Meeting on Tuesday 7th January 2020 at Sancroft Hall for discussion.

Drainage & Sewerage

A Drainage & Sewerage Working Group has been created in order to record, establish the core issues and help to resolve flooding and sewerage issues within the the Parish of Fressingfield. For more information, please visit the dedicated page on this website, or click the Link below:

Drainage & Sewerage Group


We are looking to Co-Opt members to fill our empty seats on the council. If you are interested, please contact the Parish Clerk by email ( or call 07873 970834.

Notice of General Election 2019

PDF available – Click here


Surface water and sewerage water drainage issues for Fressingfield

Within the Village Improvement Plan, drainage matters in the centre of the village have the highest priority. Having previously met with Anglian Water representatives, councillors had another planned meeting this week. With the events of October 1st and 6th (when ‘hydraulic overload’ was experienced due to the equivalent of a month’s rainfall in around 4/6hours), the urgency for further action has very much increased.  This exceptional rainfall, experienced by several villages/locations across the region, is said to constitute a once in 50 years event.

The egress of greywater from manholes is seriously unsatisfactory and every effort is to be made to stop it. The involvement of Anglian Water, Suffolk Highways, the Environment Agency, Environmental Health (MSDC), the Parish Council and parishioners is critical for success in this. To promote this, the Parish Council meeting on Nov 19th will consider these matters.

The areas of concern remain

  • The capacity of the sewerage system for existing properties in the centre of the village – pipework and discharge 
  • Use of the of the greywater system to manage surface water from driveways, roofs and hard surfaces. This would seem to apply to older properties in the centre of the village. (Recent/future developments have surface water management measures within the properties.)
  • Management of highways water into the Beck from roads that feed into the watercourse, perhaps also field run-off under certain weather conditions.
  • Capacity issues of the Beck for surface water, constrictions and riparian responsibility of landowners/property owners.

Actions already committed to

  • Anglian Water is undertaking a village wide visual survey (3 days) of properties and drainage network to begin to identify the points at which surface water gets into the greywater system. Interim report for Nov 19th, a more detailed report to follow.
  • An online survey to provide additional data on surface water management, where properties have appropriate rebates/payments to offset surface water management needs.
  • Contacts with other agencies to generate the fullest understanding so that an action plan is comprehensive and cohesive.
  • Development of a positive, sponsored scheme for water butt, surface water soakaways and small pond construction for individual properties in the village. These to hold back water away from the network.
  • Proposed regime to maintain safer water management off the highways i.e. roadside clearance of debris and run-off supervision.
  • Pumping station maximised capacity to approx. 20 litres per second. (Harleston Hill)
  • Promotion of reporting of flood issues by parishioners to relevant agencies i.e. Anglian Water, Suffolk Highways, Environment Agency, etc

Expected outcomes

  • A detailed report from AW with recommended actions. Comparable reporting and recommendations from other agencies to produce a complete, comprehensive and funded action plan and provision for this to be achieved.
  • Provision for self-help scheme for Fressingfield central properties to, in part, mitigate the problems of Low Road and the risk to the whole community.
  • Consideration of climate change issues as relevant.

Other possibilities

  • Management of expectations within exceptional climatic events.
  • Installation of a sewerage plant in Fressingfield itself.  
  • A sealed sewerage system and its consequences.

Please do join us on Nov 19th to engage with improvements being sought to safeguard living in Fressingfield. Anglian Water are positively engaged through Nigel Minter, who will attend but there are plainly some actions that we, as Fressingfielders, can take to reduce such occurrences in the future. 

Garry Deeks

Chair, Fressingfield Parish Council


Statement of Right to View

Annual Governance Statement 2018-19

Accounting Statements 2018-19

Changes to Recycling

Important changes to Suffolk’s recycling

Make sure you’re up to speed with some important changes to the way we recycle in Suffolk.

Over the coming months the Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Gt Blakenham, where recycling collected from Suffolk households is sorted, will be undergoing a major refurbishment. This work follows a new contract for the operation of Suffolk’s countywide network of 11 Recycling Centres and will result in a state-of-the-art facility for Suffolk, with the latest mechanical and optical sorting equipment.

How does this affect me?

  • During the renovation period, your recycling will be collected on your usual collection day
  • Drink cartons (e.g. Tetra Pak) and metal pots, pans and trays will no longer be accepted in recycling bins, but can still be recycled at all 11 of Suffolk’s Recycling Centres

Find a full guide of what can be put in your bins on the the Suffolk Recycling website

Download a printable recycling guide to stick on the fridge

Fressingfield Neighbourhood Development Plan Update:

A big thank you to the little over 100 of you that came out to see the work we have done so far. The Consultation runs until May 17th, so it is not too late to have a read through the documents online, and provide your feedback to us.

The Regulation 14 Pre Submission Consultation is taking place from 29th March 2019 and will run for 7 weeks ending at midnight on 17th May 2019.

To see the Draft Plan and other documents being consulted on, see the page below:

Neighbourhood Plan – Reg 14 Consultation

For information on what the Parish Council is, and who we are, find out more here.

We are currently looking to co-opt three new members onto the Parish Council. If you are interested, please get in contact with the Parish Clerk, details can be found  on the page “Councillors”.

Minutes and Current Agenda can be found here.

The Parish Council alongside the NDPSG (Neighbourhood Development Plan Steering Group) is commencing work on a Neighbourhood Plan. If you would like to help, or want to find out more, click here or visit the area of the site labelled “Neighbourhood Plan” from the menu.

If you are looking for the Village Community Website, visit