Suffolk Coastal Local Plan examination

Inspector's Report

The Inspector's Report was received on 8 September 2020 and has found that the Suffolk Coastal Local Plan is legally compliant and sound, subject to Main Modifications being made.

On 29 March 2019, the Suffolk Coastal Local Plan was submitted to the Secretary of State for examination, under Regulation 22 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.

Philip Lewis BA (Hons) MA MRTPI has been appointed to conduct the examination to determine whether the Local Plan is sound.

Annette Feeney has been appointed as the Programme Officer for the examination to deal with all procedural, administrative and programming matters. She is independent from the Council and reports directly to the Inspector.

The documents submitted and information relating to the examination can be viewed on the Examination pages.

The Examination webpages, including the latest news page, have been updated throughout the Local Plan Examination.

Consultation on Main Modifications to the Suffolk Coastal Local Plan ran from 2pm on Friday 1 May until 5pm on Friday 10 July 2020.

Inspector's Report

The Inspector’s Report was received on 8 September 2020 and found that the Suffolk Coastal Local Plan satisfies the requirements of Section 20(5) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended) and is sound, subject to a number of ‘Main Modifications’ being incorporated into the plan.

Following the receipt of the Inspector’s Report, the next step will be for Cabinet to consider the Suffolk Coastal Local Plan, as modified, at its meeting on 17 September before it is considered for adoption by Full Council on 23 September.

The Council would normally make hard copies of the Inspector’s Report available to view in libraries and in the Council’s offices for those who are unable to view the report online, however as this is not possible to do this at this time due to social distancing measures related to Covid-19 the Council has put alternative arrangements in place. Should you not be able to view the Inspector’s Report online, please contact us on 01394 444557 or email planningpolicy@eastsuffolk.gov.uk and we will, where possible, provide hard copies (free of charge) by post. This arrangement will be kept under review. 

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Details of earlier stages in the production of the new Local Plan can be viewed on the Council's website.