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Mid Suffolk Council agrees final joint local plan draft

A joint local plan finalised between Mid Suffolk and Babergh district councils is set to pave the way for sustainable housing growth, employment, and thriving communities up until 2037.

Councillors at Mid Suffolk Council gave the go-ahead for the document at its full council meeting on Wednesday, following Babergh's approval of the latest version of the plan on Tuesday.

Cllr David Burn, Mid Suffolk's cabinet member for planning said: "Our joint local plan is a robust and detailed framework for future development in Mid Suffolk. It shows how we propose to achieve the housing target that Government expects from us, protect our environment, address climate change and help enrich biodiversity. It also sets out a strategy for securing the important infrastructure that will be needed to support the housing growth and that of our local economy.

Mid Suffolk District Council, Endeavour House (43132436)
Mid Suffolk District Council, Endeavour House (43132436)

“The Government recently announced its intention to make profound changes to the planning system but how soon they will come into effect is unclear. It is crucial that we submit this joint local plan now in order to create a period of relative stability to help defend our districts from inappropriate development during what may well become a period of considerable change."

Both councils moved to prepare a local plan in 2016 and a public consultation took place in 2017, with more than 14,000 residents having their say.

Now the councils are hoping people will look at the final draft of the plan, before it is submitted to the Secretary of State for examination.

Cllr Burn said: "The present consultation is chiefly concerned with the plan’s soundness and legality but anyone may submit a representation. Unlike previous consultations the representations received for this one are sent to an inspector, who has scope to modify the plan if deemed necessary.

"Representations must be made in writing on a representation form and we would encourage these to be made online via the Joint Local Plan page of Babergh or Mid Suffolk District Councils’ websites by noon on December 24.”