Following an independent examination by a Government-appointed inspector, the new Waveney Local Plan is set to be adopted next week.
The Local Plan sets out a positive strategy to guide and manage new development in the local area in a sustainable and plan-led way. It proposes the development of 9,235 new homes and sufficient land to facilitate the creation of 5,000 new jobs over the period to 2036.
The inspection, which is the final stage before adoption, found the plan to be sound subject to some amendments.
Cllr David Ritchie, Waveney’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Rural Affairs said: “The new Local Plan for Waveney has been in development since 2016 and has been through three rounds of public consultation. Policies within the Plan will help in the determination of future planning applications and ensure new development is properly planned and of the highest possible quality.”
Waveney District Council approved a final draft of the plan in March last year, which was then open to the public for final comments. These comments were considered by an independent planning inspector when the plan was submitted to the Government on 22 June. A public hearing was held in October and following this, on 1 March 2019, the Inspector published his report concluding the Local Plan was ‘sound’ subject to a number of amendments. These amendments primarily relate to the detailed wording of policies.
The Council will be asked to adopt the Local Plan on 20 March. It will remain in place throughout the creation of the new East Suffolk Council until such time as the new Council decides to review it.