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Newton Neighbourhood Plan

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

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Reg 18 Decision Statement (20 July 2021) - Plan being advanced to local referendum

On 5 July 2021, Babergh’s cabinet committee agreed that the Newton NDP should proceed to a local referendum.

This is subject to implementation of all the modifications set out in the independent examiner's report. The decision is confirmed through publication of the following statement: 

As soon as we are able to do so, we will publish the referendum version of the NDP. Once we have published this, we will be able to confirm a date for the referendum. This will be subject to any revised guidance caused by COVID-19.

Previous stages...

Reg 17 Independent Examination (Final Report dated 23 June 2021)

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

On 23 June 2021, the examiner issued her final report. It recommends that, subject to modification, the Newton NDP meets the basic conditions and should proceed to a local referendum.

Planning practice guidance also provides advice on the weight to be attached to a post examination plan.

Reg 16 Submission Consultation (1 March - 23 April 2021)

The district council undertook 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 consultation period ran from 1 March to 23 April 2021.

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

An assessment as to whether the NDP fulfils the basic conditions will be undertaken by an independent examiner. An initial check was carried out 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 examiner and, with the exception of personal details, published on this website.

SEA/HRA Screening & Determination (Dec 2020)

The Pre-submission draft NDP was screened to decide whether an SEA and/or an HRA were needed. Both were 'screened-out'. The relevant reports and determination notices, which confirm that this plan is unlikely to have significant environmental effects, are published below:

Reg 14 Pre-submission consultation (17 Aug to 12 Oct 2020)

Reg 05 Area Designation (23 Mar 2018)