Mendlesham has become the first community in Mid Suffolk to have an adopted Neighbourhood Development Plan after Mid Suffolk District Council voted to ‘make’ the Plan.
At Thursday’s (23 March) meeting of Mid Suffolk’s Full Council, members voted to ‘make’ (adopt) the Mendlesham Neighbourhood Plan as part of Mid Suffolk’s Development Plan, and it will be used to help determine planning applications where relevant.
This comes after a referendum held on 2 March, where more than 94% of those who voted did so in favour of adopting the plan.
Full details can be found on Mendlesham’s Neighbourhood Plan page
Neighbourhood Plans set out a positive vision for how the area they cover can develop in ways that meet identified local need. Unlike more traditional types of plans or statements produced by town or parish councils, a successful Neighbourhood Plan has statutory weight and status: it will become part of the district’s development plan and will be used when determining planning applications in the relevant area.
Cllr Gerard Brewster, Mid Suffolk District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Business Growth and Increased Productivity, said: “There is a huge amount of time and commitment involved in bringing forward a Neighbourhood Plan, and the work done by Mendlesham’s Neighbourhood Planning Committee sets an impressive example of how communities can see their vision for the future become part of the planning process.
“I want to thank the Neighbourhood Planning Committee for their hard work and congratulate Mendlesham on becoming the first community in our district to see their plan adopted. I hope they will be the first of many.”
There are ten other communities in Mid Suffolk currently drawing up their own Neighbourhood Plan, including Botesdale and Rickinghall who are currently holding a consultation on their Neighbourhood Plan Area Designation.