Welcome to the Woolverstone Website

The representations made by Woolverstone Parish Council to the Babergh and Mid Suffolk Joint Local Plan consultation document can now be viewed in Newsletters.

Babergh District Council are not meeting their housing targets, therefore the amount of houses needing to be built is increasing as the shortfall is added on to the next target. There is immense pressure from central government to achieve the targets which get harder to reach the more Babergh fall behind. The shortfall is not because of lack of planning permissions being given but from the lack of delivery of units being built. The rural areas of Babergh are delivering well but there is poor delivery adjacent to urban areas.The rural areas are now being asked to take more housing because of this failure to deliver the target amount of houses. Building in rural areas can be delivered more easily, if the land is offered by landowners, because there are less obstacles, green fields, access etc.

In my view, our rural heritage and character will be irreversibly damaged because of Babergh District Council's failure to deliver in its urban-adjacent sites.

The Local Plan shows Woolverstone has two fairly large areas offered for development by landowners. These appear in the new draft Local Plan despite having been rejected in the previous year’s SHELAA assessment. “Site is inadequately related to services, facilities & is disproportionate in size for location.” Our village scores very poorly on services; we do not have any shops, pubs, street lighting etc. The only positive is access to a road, which is going to have an increase in traffic in the order of 30% now that HMS Ganges site will be developed. The sites offered are” greenfield” sites of Grade 2 agricultural land. The land is adjacent to an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and partly in our Conservation Area.

The map regarding Woolverstone is on page 280 of the draft Local Plan document which is also attached.



Woolverstone is a small village situated some 4 miles from Suffolk's county town of Ipswich. The River Orwell flows along its northern boundary.

The village is within a conservation area and situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The conservation area was designated in 1989 and a further appraisal was carried out in 2008 by Babergh District Council's Conservation Officer and adopted. You can find a copy of this under 'Parish Council'

Woolverstone owes much of its present shape to the Berners family who bought the estate and built amongst other properties in the village, the Hall which is considered to be one of the finest examples of the Palladian style.

If you have just moved to the village, you may find the Welcome Pack of help.


Welcome Pack