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Our Work - the Current Challenges

SPS strives to help shape Suffolk's future, campaigning for appropriate development which is sensitive to the landscape, listed buildings and conservation areas. We resist any development proposal which threatens Suffolk's special qualities.

Our responses to recent planning applications can be accessed here


Read: the SPS 2017 Position Paper

The government has committed to increasing house building by relaxing planning restrictions. We work to influence planning decisions to ensure that the thousands of new homes required in Suffolk are environmentally, economically and socially sustainable. We promote the protection of the landscape, heritage and the sustainability of existing communities. New developments must be appropriate to their setting, well designed and use high quality materials.


Suffolk's rich built heritage has a cultural, environmental, economic and social importance which cannot be replaced. Local authorities have a statutory duty to have special regard to preserving the historic environment from harmful development. We monitor planning applications which affect conservation areas, listed buildings or their settings, and when appropriate respond to local planning authorities on applications.

Renewable energy:

We monitor applications for solar farms, on shore wind turbines and biomass burners and encourage planning authorities to resist them where they are in unsustainable locations or may cause harm to the landscape or to heritage. We support renewable energy in principle but believe that the sensitive siting of these developments is absolutely key.

Major Energy Projects:

Suffolk is likely to play host to two national energy infrastructure projects - Sizewell C and a gas fired power station at Eye Airfield. The Society is supporting communities to ensure that appropriate consultation is carried out and the impacts caused by these major developments are minimised and work to maximise the benefits for the communities who will host these developments.