Babergh and Mid Suffolk councils are consulting on a joint Local Plan for the two Districts. This is a chance for residents and businesses in both council areas to have their say on future planning. The recently adopted planning blueprint for Babergh has identified that 300 new homes should be built each year to fulfil demand across the District council’s area. Most of that development is scheduled to take place in the more urban areas – on the fringes of Ipswich and in Hadleigh and Sudbury, with larger villages also taking some development.
In Babergh there is an opportunity for people to comment on a range of issues including:
- The redundant Brett Works site in Hadleigh, which has been the subject of a number of unsuccessful planning applications for a supermarket. Ideas for the future of the site are now being sought.
- Unallocated land to the East of Sudbury, which is not currently part of the Chilton development plans
- New policies on renewable energy sources like solar farms and on-shore wind turbines
- Whether hamlets and small villages which are currently not permitted to have new dwellings be allowed some small scale development where there is identified housing need.
A number of consultation events are taking place in as follows:
- Monday 23rd February Sudbury Leisure Centre Foyer 4pm- 8pm
- Tuesday 24th February Needham Market council offices, Dove Room 4pm-8pm
- Wednesday 25th February Hadleigh Leisure Centre Foyer 4pm-8pm
- Thursday 26th February The Mix Centre, Stowmarket 4pm-8pm
The documents can be viewed in full at www.babergh.gov.uk/jointlocalplan
The consultation is open until March 31st 2015.