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Examination Update - May 2023

The Councils have published a notice which confirms the start date of further Examination Hearing Sessions for the Babergh and Mid Suffolk Joint Local Plan 2018 - 2037 (Document H38). The Programme of Further Examination Hearing Sessions (Document H41) is now available.


The Councils have also written to the Inspectors to confirm that following the recent local elections held in the Districts, the Councils wish to continue to progress and adopt the plan in a timely way (Document G13).

Proposed Modifications Consultation (March 2023)

The Councils invited responses on their Proposed Modifications to the Babergh and Mid Suffolk Joint Local Plan in accordance with section 20 (7C) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004.

The consultation period ran from 12 noon on Thursday 16th March 2023 to 5pm on Wednesday 3rd May 2023 (6 weeks). Further information is available through the Proposed Modifications Consultation page.

2022 Five Year Housing Land Supply Position Statement & Annual Monitoring Report (AMR) 

The Councils have published the 5 Year Housing Land Supply Position statement (2022) and Annual Monitoring Report (2021 to 2022). These documents are available to view through the planning policy evidence base page. 

Local Plan timetable (the Local Development Scheme)

A new Local Development Scheme (LDS), which sets out the revised timetable for the production of the JLP, was approved by Babergh District Council on 25 October 2022 and Mid Suffolk District Council on 27 October 2022.

The LDS outlines a Part 1 and a Part 2 Joint Local Plan, as well as introducing nine Supplementary Planning Documents. An updated programme for revisions to the Community Infrastructure Levy Charging Schedules is also set out.

Examination update - September 2022

The Councils are working on the proposed modifications to the Joint Local Plan. The Inspectors have written to the Councils on 16 September 2022 with the latest update (Document G12) on the anticipated Examination schedule. 

Examination update - April 2022

The Councils are currently working with our consultants and project partners to scope and progress the outstanding matters raised by the inspectors during the examination so far - and the necessary main modifications. The inspectors have written to the Councils on 28 April 2022 with the latest update (document G11) on the anticipated examination schedule.

Following the exploratory meeting with the inspectors on Thursday 16 December 2021, it is proposed to progress the current Joint Local Plan (JLP) as a 'Part 1' local plan. This will be followed by the preparation and adoption of a 'Part 2' local plan as soon as possible.

The Local Development Scheme will be updated to reflect this. This will provide details about what each plan will cover, and the timetable for their production. In the meantime, the letter from the inspectors (document G09) gives details on the areas each plan will be likely to include. 

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Evidence base updates

The Councils have a significant evidence base relating to the JLP. It includes a sustainability appraisal and a habitats regulations assessment (HRA). It also includes information about:

  • development viability
  • infrastructure requirements and funding
  • flood risk
  • heritage impact
  • landscape impact
  • transport impact

You can access our current evidence base online:

Current Evidence Base

Local Plan mailing list

If you have already made comments about the JLP, you will be notified of any future information (unless you have chosen otherwise).

If you have not previously made comments about the JLP and wish to receive updates, please register for the Babergh and Mid Suffolk JLP mailing list:

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Core Document Library

The Core Document Library contains all documents which are part of the examination process - including the JLP, the evidence and correspondence.

You can access the library, which will be kept up to date throughout, online:

Core Document Library