The provision of new children’s play areas is required to support residential development and to comply with the requirements of Suffolk Coastal Core Strategy policies SP16 and DM32. The Framlingham Neighbourhood Plan evidences a shortage of three Local Equipped Areas for Play (LEAPs) and one Neighbourhood Equipped Area for Play (NEAP). Further planned population growth creates a need for another two LEAPs or one NEAP.

The areas of greatest deficiency are identified as being in the south and west of the town, and our site was singled out as being the best location to mitigate for this.

We believe a new play area will be a local asset as well as meeting the identified need. We’ve located the play area to be conveniently accessible for the rest of the town and to be well overlooked by neighbouring properties which will help prevent antisocial behaviour.