Neighbourhood Plan

Oulton Parish Council for the last 17 months have been working with the wider community to develop a neighbourhood plan.  This plan will shape our Parish for the next 15 years.  We have worked with the community and independent agencies to develop our own planning policies and community action plans.  Once our Neighbourhood Plan has been adopted by East Suffolk Council (by way of a referendum with the residents), it will influence planning applications and help shape how our Parish develops whilst retaining our wonderful rural ambiance.  Councillors on the Parish regard our area as a unique place to live & work and will help maintain this for future generations.

We are currently consulting on the pre-submission (Regulation 14) draft of our Neighbourhood Plan, inviting your feedback on the draft policies prior to finalising it for submission to East Suffolk Council and the Broads Authority.

We will be having an 'open event' at the Oulton Community Centre on Saturday 16 October 11 am - 5 pm where Councillors of the Parish will be available to go through the workings of this document by way of displays and one to one talks if required.  Views assessment document and Heritage assets will be on display.  These locations were chosen by you, the community, after consultation and were agreed worth preserving.


Oulton Neighbourhood Plan consultation in line with Regulation 14 runs for a period of 8 weeks from 1 October 2021 to 26 November 2021.

Neighbourhood Plan Policies:-

Pre-submission Draft September 2021

Design Codes

Housing Needs Assessment

Local Green Spaces Assessment September 2021

Non-Designated Heritage Assets Assessment September 2021

Views Assessment July 2021

Neighbourhood Plan YouTube Video


All responses to this consultation must be received via the online questionnaire (link is below) or in writing to Oulton Parish Council, prior to the end of the consultation period for them to be considered when finalising the plan.  The online questionnaire asks you specifically about the Neighbourhood Plan policies and the extent to which you agree with them, it includes the policies and relevant maps.

Oulton Neighbourhood Plan Survey Link

A copy of the Neighbourhood Plan policy documents will be available in the Lounge at Oulton Community Centre (during normal opening times).

If you would prefer a printed copy please contact Carla Petersen, on 01502 730166 or email who will gladly print a copy and arrange delivery or collection.


Neighbourhood Plan Working Group Meetings

Agenda 18 November 2021

Minutes 16 September 2021 - DRAFT

Minutes 19 August 2021

Minutes 15 July 2021


Minutes 21 June 2021

Minutes 17 May 2021

Minutes 19 April 2021


Minutes 29 March 2021

Minutes 15 February 2021

Minutes 6 January 2021

Minutes 23 November 2020


Minutes 26 October 2020 


Minutes 28 September 2020


Minutes 11 September 2020 


Minutes 5 August 2020 


Minutes 21 July 2020

Brendan Way consultation letter

We were contacted by a resident requesting a picnic table be installed on the Brendan Way play area.

We have just finalised a consultation document for our neighbourhood plan and this was not mentioned, although benches were a popular request.  Residents nearby have been consulted.

Brendan Way Consultation Letter

Oulton Neighbourhood Plan Design Guidelines and Codes

AECOM were commissioned to provide design support to Oulton Parish Council.  The Oulton Neighbourhood Plan Design Guidelines and Codes report provides advice to address the Parish Council's views and concerns on design related matters that are needed to be addressed in future developments in the area.  The main objective of the report is to develop design guidelines and codes for the Neighbourhood Plan, and to inform the design of future planning applications and residential developments in Oulton.  In particular, it elaborates on strategic guidelines, as well as specific design codes that were agreed with the Neighbourhood Plan Working Group at the outset of the project.

Design Guidelines and Codes

Oulton Parish Neighbourhood Plan Consultation 2021

The consultation ran for eight weeks from 12/12/20 to 8/2/21 and included a survey with 19 questions.  There was a separate business questionnaire which accompanied the survey for business owners in Oulton.  A flyer was delivered to every resident and business in the parish and it was advertised on the website, via posters and on social media.  The survey was available online and in hardcopy from the working group.  Overall there were 52 responses including one business. 

Neighbourhood Plan Consultation 2021

Neighbourhood Plan Working Group Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference

Camps Heath Telephone Box Consultation Letter

Telephone Box Consultation Letter

Consultation Event Woods Meadow Development 21 September 2019

Consultation Event  21 September 2019


Oulton Village Profile

Oulton Village Profile (link to external website)


The Oulton neighbourhood plan was designated in December 2018.  Since then a consultation exercise has been carried out and the results analysed.  

Oulton neighbourhood area

Consultation period 12 October to 23 November 2018

Status: Approved 07 December 2018

This is the second Oulton Neighbourhood Area designation.  Find out about the superseded Oulton Neighbourhood Area designation (2015) . (link to external website)

Oulton Neighbourhood Area Application Form

Determination and Decision Oulton

Oulton Consultation Responses