The Site Allocations and Area Specific Policies Development Plan Document was adopted by the Council on 26th January 2017. It now formally becomes part of the Suffolk Coastal Development Plan and is used in the determination of planning applications.
The Site Allocations and Area Specific Policies Development Plan Document provides site allocations for a variety of uses and area specific policies which implement the strategic vision and strategy outlined in the Core Strategy and Development Management Policies Document.
In accordance with the regulations, the Site Allocations and Area Specific Policies Development Plan Document was developed alongside a process of Sustainability Appraisal. Sustainability Appraisal has been undertaken throughout the plan making stages as detailed in the Sustainability Appraisal Adoption Statement.
The Site Allocations and Area Specific Policies were also subject to assessment under the Habitats Regulations, often referred to as Appropriate Assessment (AA).
Below is the timetable which outlines the stages the Council has undertaken in the production of this document.
15 December 2014 - 27 February 2015 (11 weeks) - ‘Issues and Options’ consultation
19 October - 30 November 2015 (6 weeks) - ‘Preferred Options’ consultation
18 April - 31 May 2016 (6 weeks) - ‘Pre-Submission’ publication (final draft plan) for representations relating to soundness
20 June 2016 - Submission to Planning Inspectorate for examination
30 August - 2 September 2016 – Examination hearing
17 October - 28 November 2016 (6 weeks) - Main Modifications consultation
January 2017 - Inspector’s report published
January 2017 - Adoption by the Council
The Core Strategy set the broad scale and distribution of new development across the district between 2010 and 2027. The Site Allocations and Area Specific Policies will give a greater level of detail. It also aims to ensure that the right policies are in place to enable existing town centres and employment areas to continue to evolve and flourish.
The Area Action Plan for the Felixstowe Peninsula was developed in parallel.