ESC’s New Environmental Guidance Note approved

East Suffolk Council continues to put the environment first as it approves new guidance which tackles the impact development can have on the environment.

The aim of the Environmental Guidance Note is to support East Suffolk Council’s environmental vision in building the right environment for East Suffolk and its commitment to be carbon neutral by 2030. It was produced after the Council voted unanimously to declare a climate emergency last year in a bid to reduce its own carbon emissions and to encourage local communities to help fight climate change.

The Guidance Note was approved by East Suffolk Council at Full Council on Wednesday 25 November 2020 and will now play a key role in supporting the Council’s green commitments.

It provides simple, concise information on best practices for reducing the impact on the environment in any new developments or renovations and measures to help achieve this, including energy efficiency, renewable energy, nature and wildlife, sustainable travel, water conservation, materials and waste and more. The Guidance Note can be used to inform the design of new developments, renovation of existing buildings, design and access statements, Neighbourhood Plans, comments made on planning applications, general household maintenance and much more.

Cllr James Mallinder, cabinet member for the Environment, said: “I am so pleased that the Environmental Guidance Note has been approved by East Suffolk Council as it will give developers and communities a strong direction on addressing climate change in developments and renovations going forward.

“We are the first generation to fully understand our environmental problems and we will be the last who can act. This Guidance Note clearly illustrates what we can achieve, and even the smallest of changes can make a big difference over time.”

Cllr David Ritchie, cabinet member for Planning, said: “I am pleased that the Environmental Guidance Note has been approved by the Council as we are committed to encourage both developers and residents to take a greener approach to both existing accommodation and new developments.”

View the Environmental Guidance Note at

Suffolk Coastal Local Plan

The East Suffolk Council – Suffolk Coastal Local Plan was adopted by East Suffolk Council on 23rd September 2020. The Suffolk Coastal Local Plan covers the former Suffolk Coastal district. The Local Plan sets out the level of growth which needs to be planned in the area and identifies where that growth should be located and how it should be delivered. The Local Plan sets out the planning policies which the Council will use to determine planning applications in the Suffolk Coastal Local Plan area. The Suffolk Coastal Local Plan covers the period 2018-2036.

Premises Licence Application by HMS Vale

Name of Applicant:     Deben Bar Ltd 

Name of Premises:      HMS Vale

Postal Address of Premises:  Melton Boatyard, Dock Lane, Melton, Woodbridge IP12 1PE

During the current Covid-19 period while the council offices are closed to the public, the full application can be viewed by emailing:

Proposed Licensable Activities:

Sale of alcohol (on and off-sales)

Sun to Thurs 11:00 to 23:00, Fri and Sat 11:00 to 00:00

Opening hours: Sun to Thurs 08:00 to 23:00, Fri and Sat 08:00 to 00:00

Dates between which representations may be made to the Licensing Authority:

Start Date:          28 August 2020

Closing Date:      24 September 2020

Representations must be made in writing to the Licensing Team, East Suffolk Council (as the Licensing Authority) or by e-mail to

Licensing Team, East Suffolk Council, Riverside, 4 Canning Road, Lowestoft, NR33 0EQ

It is an offence knowingly or recklessly to make a false statement in connection with an application and the maximum fine for which a person is liable on summary conviction for the offence is £5000.

Knacker’s Yard – Valley Farm Road – update

East Suffolk Council have issued the following statement regarding the foul odour:

We have recently visited Mr Clarke to discuss the changes that he has recently made in response to my request.  As you may recall, one of the main sources of the odour is when the fully loaded lorry is externally weighed prior to departure from the site, which usually occurs late afternoon.  This process takes approximately 20 mins or so, during which time the lorry is outside of the building and therefore not subject to odour control.  Mr Clarke has consulted with Defra and has been given permission to forgo the weighing of the lorries prior to departure, during the hot summer season.  This effectively means that the lorry will be loaded and covered inside the building before the doors are opened, the lorry will immediately leave the site to travel to the rendering plant and therefore reduce expose time.

Secondly, the containers used to take the waste off site have been increased in volume thereby allowing more waste be transported per load. This has reduced the number of lorries that leave site daily back down to 1 per day thereby reducing the number of road trips.

Both these measures were introduced on Monday 17th August so we are hopeful that the changes will have a significant impact on the odour.  Please contact the Environmental Protection Team if you notice any changes over the next few weeks.

You can contact the East Suffolk Environmental Protection team by telephoning: 0333 016 2000 or email:

Foul Odour at the Knacker’s Yard, Valley Farm Road

It has been brought to the Parish Council’s attention that a number of Melton residents have recently had reason to complaint to East Suffolk Council about an increase in foul smells from the Knackers Yard on Valley Farm Road. If you are affected by foul odour please report it to East Suffolk Council so that the Environmental Protection team can investigate. If they do not receive complaints they will be unaware of the problem and will not take any action. You can contact the Environmental Protection team by telephoning: 0333 016 2000 or email:

Fire Safety – Safer Home Visits and Duty Officer Service

Fire Safety 
Representatives of Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service and East Suffolk Council Building Control met in March 2020 to consider Suffolk’s response to the first phase of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. The Committee made a number of recommendations, one of which was to encourage all county, district and parish councillors to publicise amongst their constituents:

  • the fire safety assessments (safer home visits) that Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service provides to residents
  • the duty officer service that Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service provides to tenants or anyone concerned about a fire risk in Suffolk.

More details about these services can be found here:

Fire safety assessments (safer home visits)

Duty officer service

The minutes of the meeting, which include details of all the recommendations and the reasons for them can be found at this link: Committee Minutes

Extra support now available for small businesses

East Suffolk Council is now processing the discretionary business grants for local businesses provided by the Government in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

On 2nd May 2020, the Government announced that extra funding would be made available to local authorities to enable them to support small businesses outside the scope of the existing business grant fund scheme.

East Suffolk Council has been allocated £3,866,250 to fund the discretionary business support grants, and eligible businesses can now apply for grants of up to £10,000. Due to the limited funding available and the need to assist as many businesses as possible, the Council will not be paying grants above £10,000 initially, however, this may be reviewed as the scheme progresses.

The Council has identified six areas as priorities at this stage, aimed at businesses which were not eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund, in line with the Government’s requirements. These are:

  • Businesses in shared spaces, such as within larger businesses units, office parks or incubation units, where their lettable space would have the equivalent of a rateable value of less than £15,000
  • Permanent market traders on a market in the East Suffolk area
  • Charities that were previously ineligible for support under the Small Business Grant Fund because they receive mandatory charity relief, rather than Small Business Rate Relief, and were not eligible for the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Scheme, but have premises with a rateable value of less than £15,000
  • B&Bs which pay Council Tax instead of business rates
  • Businesses that have significant premises costs and which are crucial to the local and regional economy
  • Additional small and micro businesses with fixed costs

Eligible businesses must have less than 50 employees, have been trading on 11 March 2020, and be able to demonstrate that they have seen a significant drop in income as a result of the COVID-19 restriction measures.

Cllr Craig Rivett, East Suffolk’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said: “We know it has been exceptionally tough for those businesses which have been ineligible for any grants or funding so far.

“While this money is very welcome, it is limited, and we know it will be a lifeline for many small businesses. Therefore, we have taken the decision to cap grants at £10,000 initially to ensure we are able to help as many businesses as possible. This may be reviewed as the scheme progresses, but right now our main priority is to get this much needed financial help to our small businesses as fast as possible.”

The online form and full details about how to apply with full eligibility criteria can be found at:

Further information on other support packages available can be found at East Suffolk Means Business

Best regards

Green Bin Collections Restarting – collection day could be different

Message from East Suffolk Council:

Following the suspension of the Garden Waste Service, due to the impact of COVID-19, we are now pleased to confirm that the service will resume on Bank Holiday Monday 25 May.

All collections will then be made during the subsequent fortnight, including – where required – on a Saturday. We would like to apologise for the inconvenience which the suspension has caused. We hope you can understand that this has been a difficult time for us all with the safety of our customers, our crews and their families always being of paramount importance.

The garden waste web page is now available for renewals and new subscriptions. All existing subscriptions have been extended by four collections. This takes into account those collections which were missed because of the initial suspension on 27 March 2020.

Your collection day may now change and details of your new timetable, will be placed on the website shortly and should be finalised no later than 5pm on Tuesday 12 May:

Replacement stickers will not be required for your bin. The crews have been informed that all valid household subscriptions have been extended by four collections; they also have access to “in Cab” collection technology within the freighters. Renewal invitations will be sent as before and, if renewed, a new bin sticker will then be issued.

If you have received a renewal invite prior to the suspension of service and have not yet renewed your subscription then please use the link below:

For more information please read our frequently asked questions, using the link below:

This will enable you to determine your new subscription renewal date, or you can go to our website at

Green Bin Collections Suspended

As of 27 March 2020, East Suffolk Council has temporarily suspended the collection of green bins, until further notice.  This is in response to the COVID-19 emergency and aims to protect crew safety and prioritise household waste and recycling collections.  The advice from East Suffolk Council is:

All current green bin subscriptions will be extended, once the service resumes, to reflect the period of time that collections were missed within your subscription period.

There is also concern about the risk of increased fly-tipping. If you see any, please report it: