Residents in Southwold will be asked to decide whether a Neighbourhood Plan for the town should be used by East Suffolk Council for future planning applications.
The Southwold Neighbourhood Plan was developed by Southwold Town Council following extensive consultation with the local community and sets out its vision for development to 2036.
Following a 6-week public consultation earlier this year, an independent examination has now been completed which found the plan meets all legal requirements, subject to some amendments.
As a result, East Suffolk Council has concluded that the Plan should proceed to a referendum incorporating the recommended amendments suggested by the examiner. The referendum will take place on Thursday 3 February 2022 and will ask residents to vote on whether the Council should use the Neighbourhood Plan for Southwold to help determine planning applications in the neighbourhood area.
Cllr David Ritchie, East Suffolk’s cabinet member for Planning and Coastal Management said: “Neighbourhood planning enables local communities to get directly involved with planning the areas in which they live and work, and I would encourage those living in Southwold to get involved and take part in the referendum next year.”
Details of the referendum and how to vote will be published in the new year.
If you have any questions or would like to request physical copies of documents, please call 01394 444557, email firstname.lastname@example.org write to East Suffolk Council, Planning Policy and Delivery Team (Neighbourhood Plans), Riverside, 4 Canning Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk NR33 0EQ.
When finalised, the Neighbourhood Plan will act as a guide to development in the town and will be required to be used by anyone considering, or making, a planning application.