Over the next six weeks, East Suffolk residents are invited to have their say on three draft planning documents.
Starting today (Monday 19 October), local residents are invited to comment on three documents:
- the draft Cycling and Walking Strategy
- the draft Statement of Community Involvement (SCI)
- and the draft Recreational Disturbance Avoidance and Mitigation Strategy (RAMS) Supplementary Planning Document.
Draft Cycling and Walking Strategy
East Suffolk Council is looking to improve the options for people cycling and walking in East Suffolk, making it safer and more convenient as well as encouraging more people to try cycling and walking to school, work or for leisure.
The Council's Planning Policy Team are in the early stages of producing a Cycling and Walking Strategy to help create a better environment for all those already cycling and walking, or who want to start. The team would like help from the community to identify issues with cycling and walking infrastructure and where improvements could be made. The team are also keen to hear suggestions on how people can be encouraged to cycle and walk more. An interactive map is available which will show issues and suggestions submitted by the community. View the map and give your viewss.
Draft Statement of Community Involvement
East Suffolk Council is also keen to increase people’s engagement with the planning process. A draft document, known as the 'Statement of Community Involvement' (SCI) has been prepared which details how residents could be involved in the production of planning policy documents and have their say on planning applications. Residents are invited to complete a short questionnaire and comment on the draft SCI.
Draft Recreational Disturbance Avoidance and Mitigation Strategy
East Suffolk Council is also inviting comments on a new Supplementary Planning Document which looks at how to reduce the impact of new housing developments on protected habitat sites.
The Suffolk Coast Recreation Disturbance Avoidance and Mitigation Strategy (RAMS) is a partnership between East Suffolk Council, Ipswich Borough Council and Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils. Its aim is to lessen the impact of increased levels of recreational use on habitat sites, due to new residential development in the Suffolk Coast area, and to provide a simple, coordinated way for developers to deliver mitigation for their developments.
Views are invited on the draft Supplementary Planning Document, which summarises the requirements of Suffolk Coast RAMS, including the per-dwelling tariff, and provides a framework for implementing those provisions.
Cllr David Ritchie, East Suffolk’s cabinet member for Planning and Coastal Management, said: “Due to Covid-19 restrictions on public transport and an increased focus on health, more people than ever are walking and cycling to school and work, or just as part of their regular exercise. We want to help make cycling and walking in East Suffolk as easy and safe as possible and I would urge people to let us know their ideas on how this can be achieved.
“We also want to engage as many people as possible in the planning process and would ask residents to complete our short questionnaire on ways to involve the community in planning decisions. We are also asking people for their views on the Suffolk Coast Recreation Disturbance Avoidance and Mitigation Strategy, which is necessary to help ensure that the extra homes we need can be developed without adversely affecting our most important wildlife sites.”
Comments on any of the three consultations can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent to East Suffolk Council, Planning Policy & Delivery Team, Riverside, 4 Canning Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk NR33 0EQ.
All three consultations close on 30 November 2020.