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Examination latest news

Important new information:

  • 22 September 2021 - examination hearing sessions recommence
  • 15 September 2021 - revised hearings programme published
  • 5 August 2021 - examination hearings update
  • 30 July 2021 - revised hearing programme published
  • 19 July 2021 - preliminary Matter 4 session will be held virtually and available to view from 9.30am on Wednesday 21 July
  • 8 July 2021 - meeting to be held virtually on 21/07/21 between the Councils and the inspectors on matters relating to Matter 4 (Settlement Hierarchy, Spatial Distribution of Housing and the Housing Site Selection Process)
  • 25 June 2021 - hearing sessions to reconvene in September
  • 22 June 2021 - Matter 3 hearing session postponed 
  • 28 May 2021 - change of venue and revised hearings programme published
  • 12 May 2021 - guidance notes, the inspectors’ matters and questions, the hearings programme published
  • 10 May 2021 - hearing notice published
  • 6 April 2021 – inspectors appointed

Examination hearings

The virtual hearing sessions commence again on Wednesday 22 September 2021 at 09:30 and are to be live streamed through the Council’s dedicated YouTube channel.

Further documents from the Councils have been added to the Core Document Library as below.

  • H30 – Council review of SP03, SP04 & LP01
  • H31 – Spatial Distribution Statement
  • H32 – BMSDC Joint SHELAA Report – RAG Addendum Sept 2021

Regarding the above documents, the Inspectors are inviting written comments (as brief as possible and no more than 3,000 words) from participants at the Matters 4, 9 or 10 hearing sessions to be submitted to the Programme Officer by 12:00 (midday) on Friday 1 October 2021.

In addition, the Councils have also added Document G07 to the Core Document Library regarding Matter 2 – Gypsy and Traveller, and Travelling Showpeople Provision and Boat Dwellers. The Inspectors are also inviting written comments on Document G07 (as brief as possible and no more than 3,000 words) from participants at the Matters 2 hearing session to be submitted to the Programme Officer by 12:00 (midday) on Friday 1 October 2021.

programme for the resumed hearings has been published. 

A preliminary Matter 4 hearing session, just involving the Councils, was held virtually on Wednesday 21st July 2021 at 9.30am. Matter 4 considers the Settlement Hierarchy, Spatial Distribution of Housing and the Housing Site Selection Process. This hearing session is available to view on our YouTube Channel

The session was conducted by the inspectors and was streamed online. A recording will be kept on this website, until the main Matter 4 hearing session takes place, so that people can view it.

Further key information regarding the examination is now available to access via the links below:

Read the examination guidance notes
Read the inspectors' matters and questions
Read the draft hearing programme

Data for the examination will be processed in accordance with the Council's privacy policies and the Planning Inspectorate's privacy policies.

Appointed inspectors

The examination has now started. Inspectors Malcolm Rivett BA(Hons) MSc MRTPI and Alison Partington BA(Hons) MA MRTPI have been appointed to hold an independent examination of the Babergh District Council and Mid Suffolk District Council Joint Local Plan (JLP).

The role of the appointed Inspectors is to carry out an independent assessment of the overall soundness of the JLP. They will also assess whether it satisfies the statutory requirements for its preparation.

Programme officer

Annette Feeney has been appointed as the Programme Officer for the Babergh and Mid Suffolk JLP Examination. She will deal with all procedural, administrative and programming matters.

The Programme Officer is independent from the Councils and reports directly to the planning inspectors conducting the Babergh & Mid Suffolk JLP examination.

All correspondence or queries relating to the Babergh and Mid Suffolk JLP Examination should be directed to the Programme Officer on the contact details below:

Email the Programme Officer

Tel: 07775771026

Postal Address: Annette Feeney, Programme Officer c/o Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils, Endeavour House, Russell Road, Ipswich IP1 2BX

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