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Representations on BMSDC Joint Local Plan Consultation Document (Interactive) - Community Choice & Neighbourhood Plans
COMMENT Woolverstone Parish Council (Mr Simon Pearce)
We intend to start the process of creating a Neighbourhood Plan as soon as is practically possible. This was agreed at a meeting of Woolverstone Parish Council on Thursday 9th November 2017.
COMMENT Eye Town Council (Mr Andy Robinson)
It offers to work in partnership with the District Council using the Neighbourhood Plan to help achieve this.
Eye Town Council very much hope that in view of the many changes in personnel in MSDC since 2015, that this time around the Eye Neighbourhood Plan and the fit with the Local Plan for the Eye Area, will be viewed in a new spirit of cooperation between MSDC and Eye Town Council as outlined by Arthur Charvonia.
COMMENT Dr Jonathan Tuppen
It is vital that the final Local Plan is supported by the decision making process. Even in light of increased litigation on planning cases nationally, the recent history of planning decisions in Babergh is far from satisfactory. Policy implementation must be fit for purpose at every stage and trust in the decision makers needs to be restored if the District Councils are to regain the confidence of the wider community.
COMMENT East Bergholt Parish Council (Susan Clements)
The Districts should be in a position to advise communities with NPs in preparation and made, on monitoring, review and updating. EBNP need help on this and BDC have a responsibility to help us on the what, when and how to update and also to support us when we do. With a bit of forward thinking the new local plan could (and should) set out a blue print for all NP groups with a statement of best practice in this regard. This could be inserted in this chapter to demonstrate that the Councils are thinking ahead. The NP groups could effectively work with BD/MSC in monitoring and update and so contribute to a rolling monitoring process which encourages local input. But it requires a vision and a will to succeed in producing a well thought through and forward looking plan.
COMMENT East Bergholt Parish Council (Susan Clements)
East Bergholt Neighbourhood Plan (EBNP) sought to introduce the concept of 'cradle to grave', that is supporting our local residents with the right environment, employment opportunities and the right housing meeting local need.
EBNP aims to:
Protect local landscape views
Protect high grade agricultural land and support tourism
Create opportunities for local employment in order to retain a lively community with low carbon footprint
Build homes that local people need - starter homes, homes for older people
Sought to ensure we can build the variety of houses that we need to support all of the above. The Community Land Trust is set up to achieve the build of the lower cost and older people's housing that we need.
Strongly recommend that the Joint Local Plan incorporates the principles of the EBNP vision, policies and projects within the next draft. The EBNP will deliver in detail the higher-level objectives of the Joint Local Plan if the visions are aligned.
OBJECT East Bergholt Parish Council (Susan Clements)
For the Parish of East Bergholt and in line with the Government's localism act, the Parish Council wishes to see the new Local Plan demonstrate a greater level of integration and support for the policies in the East Bergholt Neighbourhood Plan than has been shown in the consultation document.
SUPPORT Dedham Vale Society (Mr. David Eking)
As has been so clearly demonstrated in East Bergholt the "Strategic needs" of the Local Plan (or more exactly the planners in this case) are likely to be in total opposition to those of the Neighbourhood. The last sentence on page 78 seems to imply that a neighbourhood plan could override what is considered by the Council to be a strategic need. This would be highly desirable and could possibly prevent the destruction of another village in the AONB.
OBJECT South Suffolk Constituency Labour Party (Ms Emma Bishton)
As has been seen often in recent years, both the council, parish/town councils
and residents lose much time, human and financial resource when proposed
developments are perceived as at odds with the desires and needs of the local
population. A new plan could provide the mandate for Babergh to work in
collaboration with neighbourhoods, not in opposition to them, and for less time
and money to be wasted in the law courts. As it stands, this plan does not
achieve that aim.
COMMENT Thorndon Parish Council (Amanda Thompson)
Survey of the community shows that the community is not supportive of large scale developments, there is however some support for small developments behind existing properties. Accepted that additional housing is required - expected to deliver 25'ish houses during the planning period. Even though there have been a few completions since 2015 41 additional properties when completed will deliver a very significant growth of 14.9%. Notwithstanding this, the Neighbourhood Plan identified sites for 25 additional properties, including limited development on SS0667 and a number of infill sites. The Parish Council feels that the above removes and precludes the need to develop the entirety of SS0667.
COMMENT Mr Nigel Roberts
Districts should be in a position to advise communities with NPs in preparation and made, on best practice and practical steps for monitoring, review and updating. EB need help on this and BDC have a responsibility to help on the what when and how to update and also to support NP groups in this process. With a bit of forward thinking the new local plan could (and should) set out a blue print for all NP groups with a statement of best practice in this regard. This could be inserted in this chapter to demonstrate that the Councils are thinking ahead. With this approach NP groups could effectively work with BD/MSC in monitoring and update and so contribute to a rolling monitoring process which encourages local input. It requires a vision and a will to succeed in producing a well thought through and forward looking plan and hopefully will follow through on this suggestion.
OBJECT Babergh Alliance of Parish & Town Councils (Helen Davies)
The JLP states: "The Councils ... encourage local communities to prepare neighbourhood plans, particularly where those communities are identified for growth." This sentence would appear to sum up the problem with the document as a whole.If judgement has already been made about the future of neighbourhoods, community choice is limited and the neighbourhood plan is constrained. Plans must obviously submit to national planning policy (NPPF) but if the JLP is truly open to meaningful input from local residents, presumptive statements are unhelpful.
COMMENT Babergh Alliance of Parish & Town Councils (Helen Davies)
Neighbourhood Plans which may have assisted in this regard have often been seen as a 'waste of time' by parishes as there is a perception they are ignored at the planning hearing, or cannot be implemented due to the lack of a five year land supply.
COMMENT Henley Parish Council (Mr Rod Caird) represented by Mr Rod Caird
Henley Parish Council is interested in pursuing a Neighbourhood Development Order for the village in order to control the rate and style of development, in the knowledge that an NDO will be an innovative process. The housing needs survey is a first building block in that process.
The housing needs questionnaire was distributed to all households and 78 were returned completed. This represents a rate of return of just under 35%, which is average for this kind of survey. In CAS's opinion, that gives a robust picture of the needs of the village generally.
OBJECT Professor Robert Turner & Mrs J.M. Turner
The Council should await the preparation of local Neighbourhood Plans especially that which is actively being prepared in Woolpit.
Woolpit is completing such a Plan of its own initiative and no decisions on any of the proposed developments should be made until this plan has been approved and finalised by the village. It is essential in a democratic society that the views and wishes of the local inhabitants should be fully taken into account and have priority over general policy commands given by bureaucrats who have no knowledge of the needs and views of individual localities.
OBJECT Mr Colin Johnston
6By suggesting that neighbourhood plans are the only partial defence against inappropriate development, the Authority is neglecting those villages like Shimpling which need another route. As part of its new plan Babergh must recognise the different needs and identity of the small rural settlements.
OBJECT Cllr John Hinton
Neighbourhood Plans once "made" should trump then local plan as they have the backing of the Localism Act and are put together on a stronger evidence and consultation basis than any Local Plan. Weaselling out using national policy loopholes such as rigged 5 year Plan figures does nobody any credit and puts the planning process in disrepute.
COMMENT Ms Helen Davies
Neighbourhood/Community-Led plans are one of the best sources of information about a parish that district councils should use as guidance. However neighbourhood plans are expensive to do and not all parishes are in a position to do this. However it seems that neighbourhood plans are ignored by district council. For example - East Bergholt completed their plan but it is now invalid as Babergh are refreshing thier Local Plan. It will need to be redone/refreshed. Babergh appear to have ignored East B's wishes - witness the recent Judicial Review and passing of applications in AONB's against significant opposition from them.
COMMENT Thurston Parish Council (Mrs Victoria Waples)
It is anticipated that Neighbourhood Plans will be used to provide greater certainty in strategic planning which will then allow development to follow sustainable policies that will seek to protect and enhance all communities.
COMMENT mrs elizabeth clarke
I am please to read that BDC encourage local communities to prepare neighbourhood plans, particularly where those communities are identified for growth. I do not understand the folloiwng sentence. Please could you clarify this "If there is any conflict between plans the decision maker must favour the policy which is contained in the last document to become part of the development plan."
Our NP is now law
Here's the official figures from the referendum:
Yes votes 218 (92.76%)
No votes 17 (7.23%)
Turnout 236 (29.24%) Here's the official figures from yesterday's referendum:
Yes votes 218 (92.76%)
No votes 17 (7.23%)
Turnout 236 (29.24%)
COMMENT Mr Alan Lewis
What is the councils position on Community-led plans, and in what circumstances would such plans be appropriate? Will existing Community-led plans (such as Parish plans) hold any sway with the planning process or do such plans need to be reworked as Neighbourhood plans?
COMMENT Neighbourhood Plan Team for Lawshall Parish Council (Mr Ric Edelman)
Lawshall Neighbourhood Team's concern that the Neighbourhood Plan Section under represents the importance of Neighbourhood Plans. We hope that in the next draft of your plan, this section will be expanded; to respect the enormous effort and time to a local community that is involved. And that the statement that you make as follows "It is for the planning authority to work closely with Neighbourhood Planning groups to minimise any conflicts between policies in the Neighbourhood Plan and the emerging Local Plan". We hope this statement will be honoured!
COMMENT Wortham & Burgate Parish Council (mrs Netty Verkroost)
It is deemed inappropriate for our Parishes and we will revise our detailed Village Design Statement instead.