The Elmsett Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) is being prepared by Elmsett Parish Council and, when completed, will be used to help guide and shape future development in the parish.
Local Referendum (Thursday 7 November 2019)
A local referendum was held on Thursday 7 November 2019 to decide if the Elmsett NDP should become part of this Councils Development Plan. The question that was asked of those entitled to vote was: "Do you want Babergh District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Elmsett to help it decide planning applications in the Neighbourhood Plan Area?"
The Referendum result was published on Friday 8 November 2019 - the result being a majority 'yes' vote in favour of adoption.
A report will now go to Full Council on (date tbc) with the recommendation that the Elmsett NDP be formally 'made' (adopted).
Reg 17 Independent Examination (Aug 2019)
Babergh District Council appointed Ann Skippers BSc (Hons) MRTPI FRSA AoU to carry out an independent examination of the Elmsett NDP. The examination was conducted through written correspondence. On 5 August 2019, the Examiner issued her final report. It recommends that, subject to modification, the Elmsett NDP meets the basic conditions and that it proceed to a local referendum.
A report on the above was taken to Babergh Cabinet on 12 September. Planning guidance also provides advice on the weight to be attached to a post-examination NDP.
Reg 16 Submission Consultation (11 Feb – 27 Mar 2019)
In accordance with Regulation 16 of The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations, 2012 (as amended) the District Council undertook formal consultation on the content of the Elmsett 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 Mon 11 February to Wed 27 March 2019 .
Elmsett Parish Council (the qualifying body) had formally submitted the following documents to the District Council:
An assessment as to whether the Elmsett NDP fulfils the Basic Conditions will be undertaken by an Independent Examiner (see above). A check was, however, undertaken to confirm that the relevant requirements have been met at this stage. View the Regulation 15 Checklist
Respondents were also reminded that their comments would be forwarded to the Independent Examiner and, with the exception of personal contact details, would be published on this website.
SEA / HRA Screening & Determination (Jan 2019)
The Pre-submission draft version of the NDP was assessed to determine whether a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and/or a Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) were required. The outcome of this exercise was that the need for an SEA Scoping Report and the need for an HRA Scoping Report were both 'screened-out'. A copy of the relevant reports and Notices of Determination are published below:
Reg 14 Pre-submission Consultation (19 Oct to 30 Nov 2018)
Pre-submission consultation on the draft NDP was undertaken between 19 October and 30 November 2018. See the Parish Council website for more details.
Reg 05 Area Designation (27 Oct 2017)