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.

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Reg 18 Exam Report Decision Statement (24 June 2022)

New procedures, agreed in September 2021, mean that a NDP can now be advance to a referendum without Cabinet approval where there is no objection to implementing the Examiner's recommendations. That applies in this case, and the decision is confirmed through publication of the following statement:

As soon as we can, we will publish the referendum version of this NDP, and confirm the date of the referendum. 

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Reg 17 Independent Examination (Final Report 13 May 2022)

Babergh District Council appointed Ann Skippers BSc (Hons) MRTPI FHEA FRSA AoU to carry out an independent examination of the Long Melford NDP. The examination was conducted through written correspondence.

On 13 May 2022, the Examiner issued her final report. It recommends that, subject to modification, the Long Melford NDP meets the basic conditions and that it should proceed to a local referendum.

The District Council will now work with the Parish Council to progress the plan. Planning Practice Guidance also provides advice on the weight to be attached to a post-examination plan.

Reg 16 Submission Consultation (20 Sept - 5 Nov 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.

This was carried out in accordance with Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations 2012 (as amended). The consultation period ran from 20 September until 5 November 2021. 

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

NB: The second, third and fourth documents listed above include embedded hyperlinks to other documents.

A full assessment as to whether this NDP meets 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 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 webpage.

SEA/HRA Screening and Determination (March - April 2019)

The pre-submission draft NDP was screened to determine whether a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) and/or an habitats regulations assessment (HRA) were needed. The need for an SEA was 'screened in'. The need for an HRA was 'screened-out'. The relevant report and determination notices are published below:

Reg 14 Pre-submission Consultation (17 Jan to 28 Feb 2019)

Pre-submission consultation took place between 17 January and 28 February 2019. 

Reg 05 Area Designation (22 Feb 2017)