Bentley Neighbourhood Plan

The Bentley Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) is being prepared by Bentley Parish Council and the local community. When complete, it will be used to help guide and shape future development in the designated area.

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Reg 17 Independent Examination (updated January 2022)

Babergh District Council have appointed Ann Skippers BSc (Hons) MRTPI FHEA FRSA AoU to carry out an independent examination of this NDP. The examination is underway and further updates will be published on this webpage as and when appropriate.

Guidance published by NPIERS in 2018 also introduced the opportunity for NDP groups to view and comment on representations made at the Reg 16 stage. 

Previous stages...

Reg 16 Submission Consultation (24 June - 27 August 2021)

The district council carried out a formal consultation on the submitted NDP to see if it fulfils the Basic Conditions set out in the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

The consultation was carried out in accordance with Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations 2012 (as amended).

The original consultation period ran from 24 June to 11 August 2021 but was extended by two weeks following publication of the revised national planning policy framework on 20 July 2021. 

The parish council (the qualifying body) had formally submitted the following documents:

A full assessment as to whether this NDP fulfils the basic conditions will be undertaken by the independent examiner. An initial check was carried out to confirm that the relevant requirements had been met at the submission 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, be published on this webpage.

SEA/HRA Screening & Determination (Dec 2020)

The pre-submission draft NDP was screened to determine whether an SEA and/or a habitats regulations assessment (HRA) were needed. The need for both were 'screened-in'.

A copy of the relevant SEA screening report and determination notice are published below:

An HRA screening report, which includes an appropriate assessment, was prepared in November 2020 and Natural England were consulted on this. In response, they suggested that further work be undertaken. That was completed to their satisfaction and the final HRA screening report and determination notice are published below:

Reg 14 Pre-submission consultation (1 Oct to 16 Nov 2020)

Reg 05 Area Designation (16 July 2018)