The Preferred Option Babergh and Mid Suffolk Joint Local Plan Has been Published

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The Babergh and Mid Suffolk Joint Local Plan (Regulation 18) has been published and is now subject to a public consultation that will run from Monday 22nd July until Monday 30th September 2019.

The Babergh and Mid Suffolk Draft Joint Local Plan will provide the development strategy and site allocations for the growth of Babergh and Mid Suffolk for the period up to 2036, including land allocations. Once adopted, the Babergh and Mid Suffolk Draft Joint Local Plan will replace the existing local planning policies for both Babergh and Mid Suffolk.

The key headline issues, subject to consultation, in this Preferred Options document include:

– A minimum of 7,560 dwellings are to be delivered within Babergh over the period 2018 to 2036 (420 dwellngs per annum).

– A minimum of 10,008 additional dwellings (556 dwellings per annum) to be delivered within the Mid Suffolk District over the plan period 2018 – 2036.

– A 35% affordable housing requirement on relevant sites of ten or more dwellings or sites of 0.5ha or more.

– The scale and location of development will depend upon the role of settlements within the settlement hierarchy, with a focus on the Ipswich Fringe settlements, Market Towns/Urban Areas (e.g. Eye, Needham Market, Stowmarket, Pinewood, Hadleigh and Sudbury) and Core Villages.

– Development within Hinterland and Hamlet Villages will be supported. About 430 houses will be delivered in the hinterland villages and hamlets of Babergh, whilst about 700 new homes will be delivered in Mid Suffolk’s hinterland villages and hamlets. This policy approach could open development opportunities in and around the villages.

– Supported and Special Needs Housing will be supported where they are well connected to the urban areas or main core villages that have sufficient access to local services and facilities (particularly health services) and public transport for long-term sustainability. Subject to the location, there may be opportunities to secure specialist housing within the larger settlements.

– Support for self-build/custom-build housing or proposals that make a proportion of serviced dwelling plots available for sale to self-builders or custom builders. This provides an excellent and positive opportunity for those wishing to build their own home to secure a favourable planning consent. Given the abundance of villages and hamlets, there will be many sites in around these settlements that will be suitable for self-build housing.

How ADP can add value:

ADP specialise in promoting land into Local Plans and have had great success across Essex and Suffolk.  The key aim is to demonstrate that the site fulfils the role of sustainable development and supports the development needs in the local area. We add value by:

– Reviewing and assessing the merits of your site against national and emerging local plan policy.

– An assessment of the site context and technical matters to understand the scope and parameters for development.

– Setting out persuasive documentation about your site at each relevant stage of the development plan process that will be used by the Council to inform their decision-making;

– We engage with appropriate consultees and community groups at appropriate times to lobby support.

Our experience with land promotion projects is wide ranging and we have worked on many schemes including large sites in Colchester, Braintree and Tendring. If you have land you feel may be suitable for development and would like to explore how best to promote your site, please contact us at:

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