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Wenhaston with Mells Hamlet neighbourhood area


A referendum on the Wenhaston with Mells 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 Wenhaston with Mells Neighbourhood 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.” 

Referendum Submission Documents

Independent examination (2018)

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 Wenhaston with Mells Hamlet 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.

Please be advised that Wenhaston with Mells Parish Council, in accordance with the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended) have submitted their neighbourhood plan to Suffolk Coastal District Council ahead of it being submitted for independent examination. 

Suffolk Coastal is now required (Regulation 16) to publicise details of the plan proposal and invite representations over a minimum six week period ahead of the submission of the plan to independent examination.  Representations received at this stage will be forwarded to the independent assessor for consideration alongside the submitted neighbourhood plan documents. 

Hard copies of the documents have been made available for viewing at:

  • Wenhaston Post Office, Hall Rd, Wenhaston, Halesworth IP19 9EP (Monday- Friday 9am- 1pm)
  • The Star Inn, Hall Road, Hall Rd, Halesworth IP19 9HF
  • SCDC Customer Services Centre, Woodbridge Library, Woodbridge IP12 1DT (normal office hours)

Representations are invited over the period: Wednesday 19th July 2017 to 30th August 2017.

Any representations should be received by the Council by 5.00pm on 30th August 2017.

All submitted representations will be collated and will be made publically available as soon as possible after the close of the consultation period.

Representations on the plan proposal (including supporting documents) should be sent via letter or email to: 

Attn: Laura Mundy

Planning Policy and Delivery Team (Neighbourhood Plans)
East Suffolk House
Station Road
IP12 1RT 

Email: suffolkcoastallocalplan@eastsuffolk.gov.uk

All representations should be headed WENHASTON WITH MELLS NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN as the subject matter.  Where comments relate to a particular paragraph or policy please ensure that this is also clearly stated.

Any representations made may include a request to be notified regarding Suffolk Coastal District decision under Regulation 19 of the Neighbourhood Planning Regulation 2012 whether to accept the Examiners’ recommendation and future progress with the plan.   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 444556.