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  • Welcome to Laxfield - All Saints' Church

    Welcome to Laxfield - All Saints' Church

  • The Royal Oak pub on Church Plain

    The Royal Oak pub on Church Plain

  • The King's Head, known as The Low House

    The King's Head, known as The Low House

  • The Baptist Chapel

    The Baptist Chapel


New plans in for Mill Road sites

Mill Road Phase 2

Phase 2 of the Wellington Homes development.

Plans have been released to the parish council for a further 17 homes off Mill Road, Laxfield. Wellington Homes has lodged its scheme for 13 properties in the second phase of its major development and, separately, plans have been validated by MSDC and supported by the parish council for four properties on the former allotments site.

Mill Road 4 homes

The allotments site off Mill Road.

13 homes for Bickers Hill Phase 2

Jordan Developments, which already has planning consent for 10 homes off Bickers Hill has submitted a plan to Mid Suffolk District Council for 13 more. 
The planning application takes the form of a full planning application for 13 new residential dwellings plus associated access, parking and landscaping. All the houses are two-storey with a mix of two,three and four bedrooms.
All properties with more than 2 bedrooms have off road parking which includes a garage or carport. The proposed access is through the existing Phase 1 site. 

Bickers Hill layout

The two phases of the Bickers Hill site.


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Housing land supply in place - but too late?

Mid Suffolk District Council has released a draft housing supply document that indicates the council now has more than five years' supply of building land available to developers.

That’s enough to remove the presumption in favour of planning approval and to make the emerging Laxfield Neighbourhood Plan and the district’s Joint Local Plan “material considerations” in planning applications. 

The consultation draft is being published to test the robustness of housing land supply information and evidence relating to the delivery of sites. The consultation is for a six-week period from January 17 to February 28, so it may have come too late to influence how objections might be madeto the plans for 30 new homes in the village. 

This draft concludes that a housing land supply position of 5.32 years is deliverable (paragraph 7.5). Until the consultation has concluded and responses been considered this should not be considered a robust position nor treated as a material consideration of weight in planning decision-making.

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Baptist chapel opportunity after Guildhall surgery closure  ... Hartismere House prescription collection on offer

Laxfield Parish Council has protested to Framlingham Surgery and the Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group about the closure of the weekly surgery at the Guildhall - and consultation is now promised.

Although the parish council has no ‘powers’ regarding healthcare it has pointed out that residents, many of them old and vulnerable, are left feeling exposed and insignificant when changes such as this are made.

Clerk Nick Woodhead wrote that while perhaps contact with patients may have been logistically difficult, a letter to the parish council and other stakeholders would have been welcome so that at least we could have opened a dialogue regarding implications or even solutions.

The Guildhall is not a suitable building – that much is understood – but what of the village hall or another venue? Or if a surgery/prescription centre in Laxfield one day a week really is no longer sustainable, what are the options?

Laxfield Parish Council members believe the CCG has a duty of care to the residents of the village.

Now the CCG has written back to Nick saying it has contacted the surgery asking them to enter into consultation so that it (the CCG) can then "review and advise the practice" on the next steps to be taken.

Following that a plan has emerged to make prescriptions available for an hour once a week at Hartismere House.

Pastor Tim Mawson has offered the Baptist Churches a venue and Nick has written to the CCG and the practice asking them to consider it.

 Be a responsible dog owner

The Parish Council does not ban dogs from the playing field lightly, it is for everyone's SAFETY.

Dog Bin Map

Dog owners please clear up after your four-legged friend and either take it home to dispose of or use one of the five designated dog bins which are located around the village and paid for out of your council tax.

CLICK to download a handy map of the locations of dog bins

To contact the Parish Clerk: Nick Woodhead
Write to: 2 Myrtle Cottages, Mill Road, Badingham, Suffolk IP13 8LQ
Tel: 01728 638884
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