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Councillors asked to approve draft Mid Suffolk and Babergh local plan for public consultation

Councillors at two Suffolk councils will discuss a draft joint local plan document for public consultation when they meet next week.

The draft joint local plan proposes planning policies to inform future planning decisions.

Babergh and Mid Suffolk councillors will consider the document at full council meetings on Tuesday and Thursday. If approved, residents, businesses and stakeholders will be asked for their views between July and September 2019.

Endeavour House, Ipswich (12587364)
Endeavour House, Ipswich (12587364)

The two councils began gathering evidence for the new joint local plan in 216, while an early draft plan was produced and consulted on during autumn 2017.

Following more than 14,000 comments from more than 1,300 people, input from statutory consultees and a cross-party working group of councillors, a preferred options plan has been developed.

Its key points include:

  • A housing requirement of 17,568 new homes between 2018 and 2036, including 7,560 in Babergh and 10,008 in Mid Suffolk. This breaks down of a requirement for 420 dwellings per year in Babergh and 556 per year in Mid Suffolk. These figures are in accordance with Government guidance.
  • Prioritising new retail and town centre uses in the strategically important retail centres of Sudbury, Hadleigh and Stowmarket
  • A drive for 35 per cent of homes in relevant applications for 10 or more dwellings to be affordable
  • A development approach that takes into account the long-term implications of climate change, including flood risk, water supply and biodiversity.

Cllr David Burn, Mid Suffolk District Council cabinet member for planning, said: “The joint local plan will help the shape the future of Mid Suffolk – how our towns and villages develop, how we protect and enhance our natural environment, develop our economy, improve leisure and visitor facilities, improve social infrastructure and support more sustainable forms of travel.

"Now we need to seek our residents’ views on the draft plan, so next week we’ll be asking councillors to put this draft out for a consultation in which everyone can take part, and that will shape our plan for the next two decades.”

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