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Local councils such as Town and Parish Councils do not have a statutory responsibility for services such as planning. The responsibility for the discharge of this function in the majority of cases rests with District and Borough Councils as the Local Authority. For Thurston this will be Mid Suffolk District Council.

How to search for planning applications at Mid Suffolk District Council  

To search for an application go to the Mid Suffolk site mid suffolk planning pages  and search for Planning Applications, Appeals and Enforcements by keyword, application reference, postcode or by a single line of an address.

The Idox Public Access For Planning website, as shown on the Mid Suffolk District Council website, has been designed to provide an easy-to-use process for members of the public to search for and track applications for planning permission, appeals against refused consent and planning enforcements. This allow those registered to: record a list of searches made; be notified of applications that are being tracking, or are the subject of saved searches, have been modified and keep a record of the applications that they have elected to track.

Please note that Mid Suffolk has stated that due to COVID-19 -  all planning applications, correspondence and payments should now be submitted electronically.

Thurston Parish Council and its role in the planning function

Under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, Schedule 1, paragraph 8, the Parish Council has the power to be notified of planning applications affecting the council's area and to comment upon each application that affects its administrative area.


On 4 April 2020, the government brought The Local Authorities (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority Meetings) (England) Regulations 2020 into force to allow local authorities to conduct meetings remotely.

The Parish Council will now be holding meetings remotely, which will allow it to meet   (via the Zoom Videoconferencing Platform) to consider planning consultation request letters received. All such meetings will be open to the public and each agenda will contain a link to the platform with a Meeting ID and Password. It is always preferable to contact the Parish Clerk prior to the start of the meeting to confirm that you will be in attendance, especially it you wish to address the Council during the public forum. To contact the Clerk - please click here for the email address


Please review the events pages for details of planning applications to be discussed by the parish council.


Please note that on Mid Suffolk's website - it is stated that 

"We will continue to validate Applications and expect to commence consultation and publicity.

We are looking to prioritise decision making using innovative approaches as need be where this will support the local economy. We will work with applicants and others proactively to agree extensions of time for decision making.

In the current circumstances we are suspending the displaying of site notices and will be undertaking publicity by neighbour notification letter and website publication only, as an interim measure, in order to continue to safeguard public transparency. We will be continuing to publicise applications in the East Anglian Daily Times and on our website in the usual way.

We are reviewing all of those cases that would normally be reported to planning committees and will be taking a case by case approach. We are considering whether we may need to arrange virtual committee meetings and information regarding future arrangements will be made available on the Councils' website in due course.

At the current time we are unable to offer face to face meetings as part of the Pre-Application Advice Service, but we are able to offer audio, video or web conferencing service as an alternative where appropriate.

This message will be updated regularly so please keep reviewing this page."

For details of planning applications that have been previously considered by Thurston's Planning Committee and the Parish Council please click on the year folders to see the relevant documents: