Community Led Planning

Community Action Suffolk provides support for Community Led Planning across the county encouraging communities to come together to help shape the future of their community and improve their local area.

Producing a plan involves consulting everyone in the community to find out what the issues are and drawing up an action plan to look at ways of resolving them. We can provide support for every stage of the process and are also able to help communities to decide which plan would be best for their needs. We are able to offer a range of plans to fit the needs of every community.

Non statutory plans are produced by communities to create a vision for their area, are broad in scope and cover all aspects of community life.

This includes:

  • Parish Plans (12 – 18 months)
  • Village Reviews (1 night)
  • Town Action Plans (12 – 24 months)
  • Focus Group meetings (1 evening per topic)
  • Village Design Statements (12 months)

We also offer support for statutory plans which are governed by planning law and need to follow the regulatory process to become part of the District Councils’ Local Plan. Under the Localism Act 2011 communities may wish to produce:

  • Neighbourhood Development Plans – development and use of land in a neighbourhood/parish.
  • Neighbourhood Development Orders – permits development (in full or outline) without the need for planning applications
  • Community Right to Build Orders – permits smaller-scale development on a specific site without the need for planning permission

Community Action Suffolk also offers:

  • Bespoke public consultations for communities
  • Specialist software to produce questionnaires and analyse the results
  • Help with the actions resulting from community plans

For further information on how we can help your organisation, contact our Specialist Development Officer for Governance and Community buildings, below.

Jon Eaton,

Evidencing rural need: Parish Profile Reports

Community Action Suffolk’s national body, ACRE, has worked in partnership with local data consultants, OCSI, on the Evidencing Rural Need project.

The aim of this project is to show the socio-economic picture of rural England, including its areas of deprivation, economy and access to services. Seven types of report have been produced (examples available here)

The key report for communities is a Parish Profile, of which there is one for every parish in England.

Parish Profiles are particularly relevant for communities looking to carry out some form of community consultation or a Neighbourhood Plan. They pull together data at parish level into one report that is comprehensive (example report available here).

Each profile is broken down into 8 themes:

  •  Social and cultural
  •  Equity and prosperity
  •  Economy
  •  Housing and the built environment
  •  Transport and connectivity
  •  Services
  •  Environmental
  •  Governance

To Order

Each report costs £50 + VAT and will be sent as a pdf by email. Payment by Paypal, cheque or BACS.
Please email the following details to Sarah Mortimer:

  • Organisation
  • Contact Name
  • Contact Address
  • Contact Email
  • Contact Phone Number
  • Parish Profile Required


Sarah Mortimer, Senior Manager Community Engagement
Community Action Suffolk
01473 345318