Joint Local Plan - Second Round of Consultation
Babergh District Council is undertaking a second round of consultation on a new Joint Local Plan between 22nd July and 30th Sept 2019. This can be viewed online at this link, and there will be a public drop-in event at Lavenham Village Hall on Weds 14th August from 3.30pm - 7pm where you can find out more. The Parish Council will be holding a meeting on Thurs 22nd August in the Village Hall, from 7.30pm, so that interested residents can see how the Parish Council decides to respond.
Great Waldingfield, in the heart of Constable and Gainsborough country, is situated about three miles north-east of Sudbury on the B1115 to Lavenham, and has a present population of about 2000. Mentioned in the Domesday book (when it was known as Walingafella Magna), its origins go back even further, with plentiful evidence of Bronze Age settlements.
In the later part of World War II, Great Waldingfield was home to some 3000 men and women of the 486th Bomb Group of the USAAF 8th Air Force (the 486th Bombardment Group (Heavy) in full), with B-17 Flying Fortresses and B-24 Liberators flying over 6000 sorties.
The village itself spans 2 sites, the largest being the area astride the B1115 ("The Heath") which has grown up since the arrival of the USAAF in World War II. There is also another small group of buildings nestling behind the church, many of which date back to the 16th Century when the village was thriving as a result of the wool trade, and where there was a Post Office, shop and smithy until just after World War II.
Along with other nearby villages and local picturesque settings Great Waldingfield was chosen for the filming in July 1994 of an episode of the BBC series "Lovejoy", (Series 6 Episode 2: "Day of Reckoning" - originally planned as Episode 8). Sadly the script required the action (based in and around the church) to take place during the hours of darkness so it is quite difficult to identify the relevant pieces in the programme, but they are at around the 30-minute mark.
In July 2017 the Parish Council began the process of preparing a Neighbourhood Development Plan, to ensure that any potential development is appropriate to the village, its heritage and its needs. Please see the Neighbourhood Plan page for more information.
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