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.
Reg 17 Independent Examination (Autumn 2021)
Babergh District Council have appointed Ann Skippers BSc (Hons) MRTPI FHEA FRSA AoU to carry out an independent examination of this NDP. The examination has started and further updates will be published below 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.
- Read the Reg 16 consultation responses (Reps 1 to 13)
- Read the Reg 16 consultation response (Rep 14) [Note: this is a large, 26Mb file]
Reg 16 Submission Consultation (24 June - 27 Aug 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 map identifying the area to which the proposed NDP relates
- The submission draft Bentley NDP 2018-2037
- A Consultation Statement
- A Basic Conditions Statement
- A Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) report
- A list of supporting 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 a Strategic Environmental Assessment (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:
- HRA screening report and appropriate assessment (Place Services, Dec 2020)
- HRA determination notice (Jan 2021)