Long Melford Neighbourhood Plan
The Long Melford Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) is being prepared by Long Melford Parish Council. When complete, it will be used to help guide and shape future development in the designated area.
Reg 16 Submission Consultation (20 Sept - 5 Nov 2021)
Babergh District Council are formally consulting on the submission draft Long Melford NDP. The consultation is being carried out in accordance with Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations 2012 (as amended).
The consultation period runs from Monday 20 September until 4:00pm on Friday 5 November 2021. More details are set out in the Public Notice.
The Parish Council (the qualifying body) have formally submitted the following documents:
- A Map identifying the area to which the proposed NDP relates
- The submission draft Long Melford NDP (July 21) *
- The Appendices to the submission draft NDP *
- A Consultation Statement *
- A Basic Conditions Statement
- A Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Report, and
- A Table of Informal Comments on the May 2021 draft NDP
* Please note these documents include embedded hyperlinks to other background information documents etc..
An assessment as to whether this NDP meets the basic conditions will be undertaken by an Independent Examiner. A initial check has been carried out to confirm that the relevant requirements have been met at this stage. View the Regulation 15 Checklist.
Written comments only, preferably using the Consultation Response Form (Word document) should be sent by post or e-mail using the contact details provided. Your representation may also include a request to be notified of the District Council’s decision whether or not to make (adopt) this Plan.
All representations received will be forwarded to the Examiner. Your comments cannot be treated as confidential and, with the exception of personal details, will be published here at the end of the consultation period.
What can I comment on at this stage?
At this stage you can comment on the Plan and its policies. It is important to remember that the examiner will only be able to recommend changes that are necessary to ensure that the Plan meets the basic conditions. You should consider in particular whether the Plan meets these. The submitted Basic Conditions Statement sets out how the parish council considers they have met the tests.
I commented on the draft plan during an earlier consultation. Do I need to repeat those comments?
All of the issues raised at the pre-submission stage should be referred to in the Consultation Statement. The examiner will be aware of these, so you do not need to repeat them. However, if any changes have been made to the Plan since the last consultation, and these raise new issues or affect the points you made last time, you might want to submit further comments. All comments made at this stage will be sent on to the examiner.
What happens next?
At the end of the consultation, the parish council will be given an opportunity to respond to any representations made before the Plan is submitted for examination. It will be down to the examiner to decide how they wish to carry out that process. They may choose to rely on the written representations but could call a public hearing if it is beneficial to do so. The examiner will consider whether the Plan meets the basic conditions or if further modifications need to be made for it to do so. The examiner will also decide if it is appropriate or not for this Plan to be put back to a local referendum.
Reg 15 Submission (Aug 2021)
A copy of the Submission Draft Long Melford NDP and other required documents were received by Babergh District Council on 6 August 2021.
SEA/HRA Screening & Determination (March - April 2019)
The Pre-submission draft NDP was screened to determine if a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and/or Habitats Assessment (HRA) were required. The need for an SEA Report was 'screened in'. The need for an HRA Report was 'screened-out'. The relevant report and determination notices are published below:
- Long Melford NP SEA/HRA Screening Report (Place Services, March 2019)
- Long Melford NP SEA Determination Notice (Apr 2019)
- Long Melford NP HRA Determination Notice (Apr 2019)
Reg 14 - Pre-submission Consultation (17 Jan to 28 Feb 2019)
Pre-submission consultation took place between 17 January and 28 February 2019.