Lawshall Neighbourhood Plan

The Lawshall Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) is being prepared by Lawshall Parish Council and will ultimately help guide and shape future development in the parish.

Stage 6: Referendum (Oct 2017)

A referendum will be held on Thursday 19 October 2017 to decide if the Lawshall NDP should become part of the Development Plan for the Lawshall parish area.

The question that will be asked of those entitled to vote is: "Do you want Babergh District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Lawshall to help it decide planning applications in the Neighbourhood Plan Area?"

The District Council's decision that the Lawshall NDP, as modified to incorporate the Examiner's recommendations, should proceed to referendum is published below. Also published are in Information Statement and the final version of the Plan.

Previous Stages

Stage 5: Examination (Aug 2017)

Babergh District Council appointed Ann Skippers MRTPI to carry out an independent examination of the Lawshall NDP. The process included seeking clarity on certain matters and the preparation of, and consultation on a Habitats Regulation Screening Assessment. On the 23 August, the Examiner issued her Final Report. It recommends that, subject to modification, the Lawshall NDP proceed to a local referendum. A report to that effect was discussed at Babergh's Cabinet committee meeting on 7 September. 

Stage 4: Submission Consultation (Feb - Mar 2017)

In accordance with Regulation 16 of The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations, 2012 (as amended) Babergh District Council undertook a formal consultation on the content of the Lawshall NDP to see if it fulfils the Basic Conditions as required by Paragraph 8 (1) (a) (2) of Schedule 4B of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (inserted by the Localism Act 2011). The consultation period ran from 13 Feb 2017 to 31 Mar 2017. Lawshall Parish Council (the qualifying body) formally submitted the following documents:

An assessment as to whether the Lawshall NDP fulfils the Basic Conditions set out in the Regulations will be undertaken by an Independent Examiner (see above). A check was, however, undertaken to confirm that the relevant requirements had been met at this stage. View the Regulation 15 Checklist

Stage 2 / 3: Preparation and Pre-submission Consultation (Oct - Dec 2016)

The Parish Council prepared and published a pre-submission draft NDP for consultation in 2016.

Stage 1: Area Designation (Dec 2015)

The Lawshall Neighbourhood Plan Area was designated as such by Babergh District Council Parish Council on 8 December 2015