Councillors are set to consider the timetable for the Joint Local Plan – detailing how Babergh and Mid Suffolk will work with their communities to deliver much needed housing and employment between now and 2037.
It is proposed that the next iteration of Babergh and Mid Suffolk’s Joint Local Plan will be published in the autumn. This Joint Local Plan will clarify how the Councils propose to meet the housing targets set by Government and, following public consultation, detail how and where development should take place – ensuring suitable and sustainable homes are built in the right places; and supporting Babergh and Mid Suffolk’s ambitions to build great communities with bright and healthy futures.
Following public consultation last year – enabling local businesses and residents to have their say – there has been ongoing review of the plan with officers and Councillors.
The Councils are now drafting the next version of the plan and updating evidence and appraisals to ensure the final Joint Local Plan promotes sustainable development, reflects the public feedback, and considers the potential impact of Covid-19, as well as social, environmental and economic aspects.
If the Local Development Scheme timetable is agreed by Babergh District Council on July 21 and Mid Suffolk District Council on July 23, then the revised draft Joint Local Plan should be published in Autumn 2020. The final Joint Local Plan will be formally adopted by the Councils following examination by a Planning Inspector.
The Local Development Scheme also sets out a proposed timetable for a review of the current Community Infrastructure Levy rates, which are collected from developers when they build new properties. This will ensure sufficient funding is made available to enable the additional infrastructure needed to support the development proposed by the Joint Local Plan.
Since the start of the year, communities across Babergh and Mid Suffolk have received in excess of £4.5 million in Community Infrastructure Levy – including over £3 million for school expansions – and funding for community led projects ranging from village hall refurbishments to new children’s play areas.
Cllr Clive Arthey, Babergh District Council Cabinet Member for Planning said:
“Development is incredibly important to us all, and particularly to our communities where housing growth can have a significant impact on their facilities and the landscape.
“Whilst we cannot control housing targets set by Government, we can continue to work with Babergh residents to influence where these developments are located, supporting our ambition for people to be proud to call our communities home.
“It has taken some time to prepare the Joint Local Plan, and we are now a step closer to providing clarity and reassurance about when and where required new homes will be built.”
Cllr David Burn, Mid Suffolk District Council Cabinet Member for Planning said:
“I welcome the proposed timetable for our Joint Local Plan, which presents an opportunity for us all to shape the future of Mid Suffolk.
“We are not just building homes – we are building communities and this plan will allow us to secure the infrastructure needed to support growth – guaranteeing bright and healthy futures for our residents.
“It is a blueprint for developing towns and villages – regenerating our local economy at a time when this is needed most – and ensuring we protect and enhance our natural environment with sustainable development and transport options, as we all work towards a greener Suffolk.”