Assington Neighbourhood Plan
The Assington Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) is being prepared by Assington Parish Council and the local community. When complete, it will be used to help guide and shape future development in the plan's area.
Reg 18 Decision Statement (20 July 2021) - Plan being advanced to local referendum
On 5 July 2021, Babergh’s cabinet committee agreed that the Assington NDP should proceed to a local referendum. This is subject to implementation of all the modifications set out in the independent examiner's report. The decision is confirmed through publication of the following statement:
As soon as we are able to do so, we will publish the referendum version of the NDP. Once we have published this, we will be able to confirm a date for the referendum. This will be subject to any revised guidance caused by COVID-19.
Reg 17 Independent Examination (Final Report dated 19 March 2021)
Babergh District Council appointed Ann Skippers BSc (Hons) MRTPI FHEA FRSA AoU to carry out an independent examination of the Assington NDP. The examination was conducted through written correspondence.
On 19 March 2021, the examiner issued her final report. It recommended that, subject to modification, the Assington NDP meets the basic conditions and should proceed to a local referendum.
Planning practice guidance also provides advice on the weight to be attached to a post-examination plan.
Reg 16 Submission Consultation (24 Aug 2020 – 16 Oct 2020)
The district council undertook formal consultation on the submitted NDP to see if it fulfils the Basic Conditions set out in the Town & Country Planning Act 1990.
The consultation was carried out in accordance with Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations 2012 (as amended). The consultation period ran from Mon 24 August until Fri 16 October 2020.
The parish council (the qualifying body) had formally submitted the following documents:
- A map identifying the area to which the proposed NDP relates
- The submission draft Assington NDP
- A Consultation Statement
- A Basic Conditions Statement
- A copy of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Determination Notice
- A copy of the Habitats Assessment Determination Notice
- A list of supporting documents
An assessment as to whether this NDP fulfils the basic conditions will be undertaken by an independent examiner. An initial check was carried out to confirm that the relevant requirements had been met at this stage. View the Regulation 15 Checklist
Respondents were reminded that their comments would be forwarded to the examiner and (with the exception of personal details) published on this website.
SEA/HRA Screening & Determination (May 2020)
The Pre-submission draft NDP was screened to decide whether an SEA and/or an HRA were needed. Both were 'screened-out'. The relevant reports and determination notices, which confirm that this plan is unlikely to have significant environmental effects, are published below:
- Read the Assington NDP SEA Screening Report (Land Use Consultants, Mar 2020)
- Read the Assington NDP SEA Determination Notice (May 2020)
- Read the Assington NDP HRA Screening Report (Place Services, Feb 2020)
- Read the Assington NDP HRA Determination Notice (May 2020)
Reg 14 Pre-submission Consultation (15 Feb - 30 Mar 2020)
Reg 05 Area Designation (29 June 2018)