Suffolk Coastal District Council has now submitted two Local Plan documents to the Planning Inspectorate for independent examination.
The Site Allocations and Area Specific Policies Development Plan Document and the Felixstowe Peninsula Area Action Plan were submitted on Monday 20 June and identify future residential and employment allocations as well as other policies relating to town centres, retail, tourism and the natural environment that will help deliver the vision and targets set in the Council’s Core Strategy (adopted July 2013).
Once adopted, these documents will inform the future growth of the district in accordance with the Core Strategy and the principles of sustainable development as outlined in the National Planning Policy Framework.
The documents have been prepared following two periods of public consultation as well as a final publication for representations in relation to soundness. The period for representations relating to soundness ended on Tuesday 31 May 2016.
At this stage in the plan making process, the Council are submitting the documents to the Planning Inspectorate in accordance with Regulation 22 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning)(England) Regulations 2012. To help assist the examination of the documents, the Council have appointed Mrs Annette Feeney to act as an independent Programme Officer. It is anticipated that the hearing sessions into the documents will take place in autumn 2016.
Cllr Tony Fryatt, cabinet member for planning at Suffolk Coastal, said:
"We’re now reaching the final stages of the local plan process and would like to thank everyone who has played a part in the creation of these important documents.
We’ve received a high number of comments from local residents, town and parish council and statutory bodies as well as stakeholders, and these have significantly informed the final version of the documents.
This is a crucial stage, as the documents will be in the hands of planning inspectors who will closely examine the documents and make the decision whether our Local Plan is sound or not.”