Whatfield Neighbourhood Plan
The Whatfield Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) is being prepared by Whatfield Parish Council and the local community. When complete, it will be used to help guide and shape future development in the parish.
Reg 18 Decision Statement (20 July 2021) - Plan being advanced to local referendum
On 5 July 2021, Babergh’s cabinet committee agreed that the Whatfield 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 able to confirm a date for the referendum. This will be subject to any revised guidance, caused by COVID-19.
Reg 17 Independent Examination (Final report dated 27 April 2021)
Babergh District Council appointed Janet Cheesley BA (Hons) DipTP MRTPI to carry out an independent examination of the Whatfield NDP. The examination was conducted through written correspondence.
On 27 April 2021, the examiner issued her final report. It recommends that, subject to modification, the Whatfield 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 this post-examination plan.
Reg 16 Submission Consultation (18 Jan – 5 March 2021)
The district council carried out formal consultation on the submitted NDP, to see if it fulfils the Basic Conditions set out in the Town & 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 18 January to 5 March 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 Whatfield NDP
- A Consultation Statement
- A Basic Conditions Statement
- A copy of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) determination notice
- A copy of the Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) determination notice
An assessment as to whether this NDP fulfils the basic conditions will be carried by an 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 also reminded that their comments would be forwarded to the examiner and (with the exception of personal details) published on this website.
Reg 14 Pre-submission consultation (5 Aug - 7 Oct 2020)
SEA/HRA screening and determination (Sept 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:
- Read the Whatfield NDP SEA Screening Report (Land Use Consultants, Aug 2020)
- Read the Whatfield NDP SEA Determination Notice (Sept 2020)
- Read the Whatfield HRA Screening Report (Place Services, Aug 2020)
- Read the Whatfield HRA Determination Notice (Sept 2020)