In accordance with the commitment set down in the adopted Core Strategy (July 2013), to undertake an early review of that document, the Council has set a timetable and is working on a Local Plan Review. The current phase of plan making is complete with the Site Allocations and Area Specific Policies Development Plan Document and the Felixstowe Peninsula Area Action Plan Development Plan Document adopted by Council on 26 January 2017.
To help facilitate the Local Plan Review Work, the Council has set up a Local Plan Working Group. This group has no decision making powers, but will make recommendations to Cabinet. Action Notes from each meeting will be posted on the website.
The review, which will replace the Core Strategy, the Site Allocations and Area Specific Policies and the Felixstowe Peninsula Area Action Plan, is being carried out through an aligned/joint Local Plan with the Ipswich Policy Area local planning authorities (Ipswich Borough, Mid Suffolk, Babergh and Suffolk Coastal).
Through working together, the future strategic needs for all types of development and infrastructure across the wider housing market area and functional economic area, defined as the 4 local authority areas, can be better met.
Considerable joint working, including on the evidence base for this Local Plan Review, is already taking place through the Ipswich Policy Area Board. This includes work to define the full objectively assessed needs for housing and employment.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was agreed in June 2016 by the 4 local planning authorities and Suffolk County Council which commits them to continued joint working in order to: