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Annual Assembly of the Parish of Woolverstone. Wednesday 10th May at 8.00 pm. Berners' Hall.

See Parish Council section for Agenda and last year's minutes.

Application for Leave to Appeal the Judicial Review decision of July 21st 2016

We are deeply disappointed at the decision not to be given leave to appeal against the judgment made at the Judicial Review hearing in July 2016 to grant planning permission for 285 houses, 60 bed Care Home, Hostel and other commercial/retail buildings on the former HMS Ganges site, Shotley Gate.

At a meeting on 8th Febraury 2017 the Parish Council resolved to take no further action in relation to the appeal. It was unanimously agreed that we have gone as far as we can reasonably and legally go. We have always acted in what we believe to be the best interests of the community as a whole. However, we are now satisfied that we have pursued those interests as far as we can. Nevertheless, our concerns remain that such a large residential development, added to the oneĀ  currently being built at Shotley Marina, will make Shotley one of the largest villages in Babergh District. It remains our view that this will have a significant impact on the Peninsula, its services and those living in the villages along the B1456.

For the full statement, please select the Statement icon.


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. It is featured above from a photograph taken by Stewart Harris.

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


Welcome Pack