Welcome to the Kelsale-cum-Carlton Parish Council website

Important Information regarding proposed Conservation Area
You will note within your latest copy of the New Oasis you would have also received an envelope containing details and a questionnaire regarding the proposed Conservation Area for the parish.
You can view the following documents regarding the proposal here:- SCDCA4LAND.GPT
If you did not receive an envelope containing this information and the questionnaire please e-mail me at

The government is currently running a consultation on the Post Office network and the services people expect from it. It has a particular focus on smaller, rural communities making it particularly relevant for Suffolk Coastal. Therese has always taken an active interest in post offices along the Suffolk coast and wants to make all Parish Councils aware of the consultation so Suffolk’s voice can be heard.

You can respond to the consultation here:

More information about the background to the consultation is here:

The closing date for submissions is 21 December.

Notice – Work is underway on a review of the Suffolk Coastal District Council Local Plan. The new Local Plan will guide development in the District over the next 15 to 20 years. As part of the review, Suffolk Coastal District Council are looking for sites that have the potential for new development. This includes new housing (5+ dwellings), employment and industrial, retail, community facilities, open space and more.

Sites received will be included in the first consultation on the new Local Plan in early 2017.  Sites should be submitted to the Council by Friday October 28th 2016 either by completing the online e-form or downloading site submission forms or alternatively by contacting the planning policy team. Details can be found on Suffolk Coastal district Council’s webpages.

Response to Local Plan Consultation – Local Plan Response May 2016
Response to Local Plan Issues and Options Consultation – Local Plan Response 2015

Kelsale and Carlton were formerly separate parishes that became united civilly on 25 March 1885 under the Divided Parishes Act.

The Parishes lie about one mile north of Saxmundham and straddle the old A12 trunk road, with part extending west of the Saxmundham By-Pass that is the new A12.  Kelsale-cum-Carlton is roughly mid-way between Ipswich and Lowestoft and about 100 miles from London.

Kelsale-cum-Carlton is a large Parish, largely agricultural land.  Within the village nearly a thousand folk live, many of whom work in nearby towns or further away in Ipswich or Lowestoft.

We are still fortunate enough in the village to have a Post Office that opens one morning a week. Please make use of the weekly post office as often as you can… We have our own Public House, The Poachers Pocket  and a Village Hall which is the main focus for village activities, hosting all sorts of clubs for the young and old. including the Social Club. The recreation ground provides some great facilities for the younger members of the community.  Why not come along and have a game of boules on the recently installed Petanque pitch.