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Examination Latest News

Important new information:

  • 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 Hearing Sessions

Please note that the Matter 3 - Settled Community Housing Needs and Affordable Housing Hearing Session due to be held on Tuesday 22 June has been postponed. Further details will be announced in due course.


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

Please note: There has been a change of venue for the Joint Local Plan Examination Hearings and a revised hearings programme.

The Hearing sessions will start at 09:30 on Monday 21 June 2021 at Ipswich Hotel (Old London Road, Copdock, Ipswich, IP8 3JD).

Further to the responses received regarding participation at the Joint Local Plan Examination hearings, the hearings venue has now been changed as of 28 May 2021. This was previously indicated to be a possibility, given the current circumstances. 

A number of people expressed the wish to attend the round table discussions virtually. Taking this into account, the hearing sessions will now be blended; participants can either attend in person (in a Covid secure environment) or attend virtually (via Microsoft Teams).

Due to the number of people wishing to attend the hearings, the move to blended sessions, and the need to maintain social distancing, a change of venue was necessary.

Therefore, we have had to move the venue to the Ipswich Hotel, Old London Road, Copdock, Ipswich, IP8 3JD. There have also been some changes to the hearings programme, which can be accessed via this webpage. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience these changes cause but are confident that it will result in a better overall experience for all participants.

Please note the change of days (Matter 3 is now on Tuesday 22 June 2021 and Matter 4 is now on 21 and 22 July 2021).

Arrangements will also be made for people not participating in the sessions to observe/listen to the proceedings. These will be streamed live.

However, please be aware that, due to Covid-19, alternative arrangements may have to be made at short notice.

Covid-19 guidelines will be in operation, alongside any other guidelines that are specific to the venue.

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