A referendum on the Martlesham Neighbourhood Plan was held on 24th May 2018. Eligible voters were asked to vote Yes or No to the following question:
"Do you want Suffolk Coastal District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Martlesham to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood plan area?"
The positive vote means that the policies contained in the neighbourhood plan now carry full weight in the determination of relevant planning applications.
The final stage in the neighbourhood plan process is for the District Council to formally determine to ‘make’ the plan.
The examination took place by written representation. The examiner’s report recommended that the modifications specified in the report are made and that the Neighbourhood Plan for is submitted for a Referendum.
In accordance with the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 Suffolk Coastal District Council has considered each of the modifications recommended by the examiner and agrees that the Martlesham Neighbourhood Plan should proceed to Referendum and that the referendum area should be the same as the neighbourhood plan area. This is set out in the Decision Statement.
The neighbourhood plan document will now be updated to incorporate the modifications required and re-titled Referendum Version. It is anticipated that the Referendum date will be late May 2018.
A supporting document containing the background information on non-designated heritage assets has also been made available.
Suffolk Coastal District Council has appointed Rosemary Kidd MRTPI to carry out an independent examination of the Martlesham Neighbourhood Plan. The examination will be commenced as of 19th October 2017 during which time the examiner will evaluate the submitted documents, including the representations received.
The independent examiner has detailed a number of questions for both Martlesham Parish Council as the qualifying body and Suffolk Coastal District Council as the local planning authority to consider. The following documents detail both the examiner’s questions and the agreed qualifying body and local planning authority response to those questions:
Comments were invited on the Martlesham Neighbourhood Plan (submission version) between 7th July and 18th August 2017. A total of no. 7 representations were received during this period:
Additional to this, The Council as the Local Planning Authority has submitted a representation. The examiner is therefore also considering the following representations:
Martlesham Parish Council as the qualifying body submitted the following to the Suffolk Coastal District Council:
Progress with the plan following independent examination would normally involve consideration of any modifications recommended by the examiner, referendum, and subject to a positive vote at referendum, Suffolk Council then “making” the plan at which point it would become part of the statutory development plan for that part of the district. Please continue to view this website page for updates. Alternatively you can contact Planning Policy Team address and email as above, or telephone 01394 444588.