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About SPS


Patron: The Countess of Euston

President: The Right Honourable Lord Marlesford, DL

Chairman: Mr Andrew Fane OBE

Director: Mrs Fiona Cairns


We are a self funding charity that stands up for Suffolk's special heritage and landscape qualities through the planning system - its historic buildings, towns and villages and distinctive landscapes.

  • We work with planning authorities, communities, individuals and developers to promote appropriate, high quality sustainable development.
  • We provide advice and recommendations to planning authorities and help communities and individuals to understand the planning system.
  • We aim to prevent development that is wrong for Suffolk because of its location, use or design.

See the Our Work page for our recent work and the challenges that Suffolk currently faces. Also take a look at Suffolk View - our twice yearly campaigning publication.

We target our resources on major planning applications and those developments that will have the greatest impact on our special places. We can also provide guidance on the planning system by phone or email and aim to support those with planning queries via our Planning Information pages.


Our registered office is the 14th century Little Hall in Lavenham. Office hours are 9am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Please get in touch via email: sps@suffolksociety.org, telephone: 01787 247179 or post:

SPS, Little Hall, Market Place, Lavenham, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 9QZ