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Joint Local Plan - Modification Consultation

Babergh and Mid Suffolk Joint Local Plan – Proposed Modifications Consultation (March 2023) 

Proposed Main Modifications 

Please note: the Babergh and Mid Suffolk Joint Local Plan - Proposed Modifications Consultation (March 2023) is now closed.

The Councils invited responses on their Proposed Main Modifications to the Babergh and Mid Suffolk Joint Local Plan in accordance with section 20 (7C) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004. Responses received will be provided to Inspectors to be considered at Examination. The consultation period ran from 12 noon on Thursday 16th March 2023 to 5pm on Wednesday 3rd May 2023 (6 weeks). 

Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils invited comments on the proposed Main Modifications to the JLP and Policies Map Changes, which are changes the Inspectors consider are likely to be necessary to make the JLP sound and legally compliant. They are proposed without prejudice to the Inspectors’ final conclusions on the JLP, which will take account of all representations submitted in response to this consultation. The Main Modifications have been subject to an updated Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulations Assessment. 

The Inspectors have also produced an Explanatory Note for the Main Modifications consultation which is published together with this consultation.

This consultation was not an opportunity to repeat or raise further representations about the published plan or to seek further changes to the plan. 

The Main Modifications Consultation Documents can be found below:

Schedule of Modifications to the Joint Local Plan
Main Modifications Sustainability Appraisal
Main Modifications Habitats Regulations Assessment
Draft Online Policies Map

Draft Policies Map Corrections Note

Public Notice of Consultation

Main Modifications Inspectors Explanatory Notes

 Consultation Portal 


The Councils also prepared a tracked changes version of the Joint Local Plan Part 1 Modifications to be viewed for reference only below:

Consolidated Tracked Changes PDF version of Joint Local Plan Part 1 (as modified)


Proposed Additional Modifications

Alongside the consultation on the proposed Main Modifications, the Councils published a list of Additional Modifications which it intends to make on adoption of the JLP. These are outside the scope of the Main Modifications, and the Councils invited comments on them. 

The Additional Modifications can be found below:

Schedule of Modifications to the Joint Local Plan



Email: localplan@baberghmidsuffolk.gov.uk

Post: Babergh & Mid Suffolk District Councils, JLP Modifications, Strategic Planning Policy Team, Endeavour House, 8 Russell Road, Ipswich IP1 2BX.

The full evidence base and documents underpinning the Joint Local Plan can be viewed on the Councils' Core Document Library.