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There is still time to have your say on proposed changes to the Suffolk Coastal Local Plan

Posted by East Suffolk Communication Team on 12 June 2020 | Comments

Local people and businesses are reminded that they have until 5pm on Friday 10 July to have their say on proposed changes to the East Suffolk Council - Suffolk Coastal Local Plan.

The consultation on proposed Main Modifications to the Suffolk Coastal Local Plan began on 1 May and the Council are reminding residents and businesses that they still have time to submit any comments.

East Suffolk Council is well advanced in the preparation of a new Local Plan for the area of the district formerly covered by Suffolk Coastal District Council. The East Suffolk Council – Suffolk Coastal Local Plan will contain new planning policies and site allocations, to set out the strategy for growth and to inform decisions on planning applications within that part of the district, covering the period up to 2036.

The Local Plan is currently undergoing examination by an independent Planning Inspector following its submission to the Secretary of State in March 2019. As part of the examination, public sessions were held in August and September 2019.

Following these sessions, the Inspector wrote to the Council advising that Main Modifications are needed to the Local Plan for it to be ‘sound’. The Main Modifications are intended to address issues of legal compliance and/or soundness within the document.

Alongside the Main Modifications, a series of Additional Modifications have also been proposed by the Council. These are also subject to public consultation during the same period. The additional changes are generally factual or typographical changes, and proposed modifications to the policies maps are also published for consultation. These modifications have been made to take account of Main or Additional Modifications, to make factual corrections or for presentational reasons. The Council welcomes any comments on the Additional Modifications and the modifications to the policies maps.

Cllr David Ritchie, Cabinet Member for Planning and Coastal Management, said: “I would encourage people to respond to the consultation on the modifications because once adopted, the Local Plan will be the starting point in determining future planning applications and ensuring new developments are properly planned and of the highest possible quality.”

In a response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Council has set out measures to enable safe participation in the consultation and to ensure that those who wish to engage in the consultation are not disadvantaged. This includes holding the consultation for an extended period of ten weeks and putting measures in place relating to the provision of hard copies of the documents.

The Council would normally make hard copies of consultation documents available to view in libraries and Council offices, for those who are unable to view them online, however this has not been possible for this consultation. The Council is therefore posting hard copies on request, free of charge to those who do not have access to the documents online. Although restrictions are gradually being eased by Government, the arrangements put in place for this consultation remain in place and the Council will continue to provide assistance where appropriate, including offering to post hard copies of documents, to enable people to fully engage in the consultation. The Council is continuing to keep these measures under review and will communicate any changes.

Find out more, view the consultation document ad submit your comments.

Comments must be received by 5pm on Friday 10th July.

If you have any questions, would like to request a hard copy or would like any assistance, please contact the Planning Policy and Delivery Team on planningpolicy@eastsuffolk.gov.uk or 01394 444557. It should be noted if contacting the team by phone, that a voicemail service is currently in operation. Please leave a message including contact details and calls will be returned as soon as possible.