Council Decisions

East Suffolk Council has 55 elected councillors who meet at Full Council and sit on a range of committees to listen to residents’ views and make decisions about life in East Suffolk. The Council has a Leader and Cabinet that make all the major decisions. The Cabinet consists of nine councillors, with each Cabinet Member having responsibility for a different area, known as a portfolio.


When major executive decisions, known as Key Decisions and/or exempt decisions, are to be discussed or made these are published in the Cabinet’s Forward Plan. The Council itself makes decisions on the budget and the overall policies of the Council. The Council’s Constitution sets out the criteria for a Key Decision.


Delegated Decisions

The Constitution delegates authority to the Cabinet to make decisions about the day to day running of the Council within an agreed Budget and Policy Framework, and these decisions are taken at Cabinet meetings or by individual Cabinet Members. The Constitution also delegates certain decisions to be made by authorised officers.


Decisions taken by Cabinet and individual Cabinet Members are not implemented immediately. The decision is recorded along with the reasons for the decision, any alternatives considered and rejected, any relevant interests of members, any dispensations granted, and the expected implementation date for the decision. 


The decision is published for five clear working days before being implemented. During these five days the decision can be "called in" to be scrutinised by the Scrutiny Committee.


Decision Reports

Reports supporting the decisions taken by Full Council and its Committees, Cabinet, Cabinet Members and authorised officers are published on the Council's website. 


Reports for decisions taken by Full Council, Cabinet, Committees and Sub-Committees are also published with the agenda for the meeting where the decision was made.


You can review the current status of any Council decision since 1 May 2019, and any reports linked to them, using the decisions table below.


Council decisions prior to 1 May 2019


Business ItemDecision TypeStatusMeeting Dates
 Page 10 of 17, items 91 to 100 of 164.
Political balance and allocation of seats on Committees 2021/22CommitteeImplemented
  • Full Council - 22 Sep 2021
Treasury Management Outturn 2020/21 and Mid-Year 2021/22 ReportCommitteeImplemented
  • Full Council - 22 Sep 2021
Southwold Harbour Annual Report and AccountsCommitteeImplemented
  • Southwold Harbour Management Committee - 23 Sep 2021
Appointments to the Southwold Harbour Advisory GroupCommitteeImplemented
  • Southwold Harbour Management Committee - 23 Sep 2021
East Suffolk Enforcement Action - Case UpdateCommitteeImplemented
  • Planning Committee South - 28 Sep 2021
DC/21/1575/ARM - Orwell Crossing Service Area, A14 Nacton East Bound, NactonCommitteeImplemented
  • Planning Committee South - 28 Sep 2021
DC/21/3601/FUL - 11 Knights Lane, Kesgrave, IP5 2FSCommitteeImplemented
  • Planning Committee South - 28 Sep 2021
DC/21/2863/FUL - 38 Hall Farm Road, Melton, IP12 1PJCommitteeImplemented
  • Planning Committee South - 28 Sep 2021
DC/21/3273/FUL - Sports Ground 2, Playford Road, Rushmere St Andrew, IP4 5QZCommitteeImplemented
  • Planning Committee South - 28 Sep 2021
Planning Policy and Delivery UpdateCommitteeImplemented
  • Strategic Planning Committee - 4 Oct 2021