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Representations on BMSDC Joint Local Plan Consultation Document (Interactive) - Babergh & Mid Suffolk Profile & Context
SUPPORT Mr & Mrs Barker Mrs Aitken represented by Savills (Mr William Lusty)
We support the Council for seeking to plan for an appropriate timescale, making allowance for Examination, in accordance with the requirements set out in paragraph 157 of the National Planning Policy Framework.
COMMENT East Bergholt Parish Council (Valerie Ayton)
Tourism and interesting places to visit
Strong local communities
Diverse and small industrial base
Rural district with couple of market town centres
What questions should we ask for the vision to be consulted on, e.g.???
Farming income % of S Suffolk
Brexit causes fall in London house prices so less demand for commuting houses
Infrastructure poor- inadequate (and to support growth ) both road and rail
What Brownfield / grade 4 land available to prevent loss of good farming land?
Neighbours in Manningtree & Colchester not recognised, nor London weighting impact on our residential development.
Geographically a long way from big industrial areas - what knock on effect of Felixstowe that will reduce this business?
COMMENT Fressingfield Housing Working Group (Mr Paul Woodward)
Local Housing Needs Survey should be undertaken by MSDC in every parish, to capture local intelligence - this would inform planning ahead of Neighbourhood Development Plans
OBJECT Councillor Frank Lawrenson
The information contained misses some key points:
* Levels of unemployment are very low
* No reference is made to The Suffolk Growth Strategy
* The need for employment section should be strengthened to reflect the differing requirements in different areas (this has been achieved in the Suffolk Growth Strategy).
More information on this can also be found in the Growth Consultancy report commissioned by Babergh/Mid Suffolk in 2014. There is a strong emphasis on micro-business. These represent 90% of all businesses in Suffolk. This emphasises the need for further improvement in areas like Broadband.
SUPPORT Taylor Wimpey represented by Boyer Planning (Kate Kerrigan)
We agree with the Council's Key Social Issues, particularly, their recognition of the Districts' growing population.
OBJECT Cllr John Hinton
Suffolk Strategic Planning an Infrastructure Framework is not yet updated so should we not wait and see how this influences location of employment and housing growth? Also should it not include reference to and consideration of the Highways England Route Based Strategies as they influence commuting and economic movement in our trunk road system?
OBJECT Cllr John Hinton
As the ONS (Page 9 of the document does not include the latest ONS figures), has identified Suffolk and particularly Babergh and Ipswich as areas with very low population growth:- where does the OAN obtain its growth figures from as they are some 300% bigger than the more recent and Nationally recognised ONS figures?
COMMENT Essex County Council (Matthew Jericho)
ECC thanks Babergh and Mid Suffolk DCs (BMS) for consulting ECC on their Joint Local Plan. Key issues for ECC are to inform and shape future spatial development strategies and policies delivered by adjoining LPAs to Essex, which could:
a. influence/affect provision of services/infrastructure for which ECC responsible;
b. identify impacts/opportunities for economic growth/development throughout Essex;
c. use best endeavours to assist cross-boundary matters under DtC, including engagement/co-operation with other organisations for relevant issues.
ECC will contribute cooperatively to this consultation and will continue to work with BMS through DtC, on the on-going preparation of the new Joint Local Plan.
COMMENT Dr Ian Russell
Better road infrastructure in the Sudbury area will provide better access to Babergh from the west, support economic growth, and preserve environmental assets and landscape.
COMMENT Mr Peter Powell
The JLP only talks about growth, I am struggling to find policies that actually promote growth, just a build it and they will come attitude. And do we need growth anyway? Surely Growth is only needed at the natural rate of community Growth and that appears to be grossly overstated due to out of date data.
In relation to the District Sproughton bears the brunt of traffic from East Babergh commuting to Ipswich but no real strategy exists to deal with any increase from growth.
OBJECT Ms Helen Davies
Looking to work together to achieve economies of scale and increase effectivenenss is a reasonable objective. However the views of those living within each district should be taken into account. The referendum clearly stated that people did not want to merge - yet a merger seems to be happening ignoring the previous result without holding another referendum to establish if people now have a different view
COMMENT Mr Jeremy Doncaster
Sproughton Village is a well-known short cut to avoid the A12/A14 Copdock intersection, any future development will need drastic improvements to the road infrastructure supporting the village and surrounding area to avoid total traffic congestion. This needs to be but in place first to support schools, medical centre and environmental friendly transport, including walkways and cycle paths. Planning needs to be encouraged to appeal in appearance and enhance the village character offering with open spaces also affordable housing to local residents.
SUPPORT Mr Adrian James
A local plan is needed to restrict future development to places where it will not be detrimental to the existing population.
COMMENT Iain Pocock
It should be noted that the current infrastructure links also present a constraint - in particular the A12/A!4 intersection is anticipated to reach capacity in the next few years and there are currently no plans of funding to address this. Planning therefore needs to consider how to achieve some dispersion if population to both enable access to urban areas, without unduly creating specific pressure points at key communication routs
SUPPORT Mr Andrew Coxhead
A local plan is needed to shape future development
COMMENT Mr David Brown
I attended to consultation (if that is what it was) at the Blackbourne in Elmswell. With regard to the importance of the Local Plan, the material available to study and the display were wholly inadequate. There were also insufficient personnel from the District Councils. There should have been larger more detailed plans showing the likely extent of the development, not just the land that had been made available by landowners. These matters will have a significant effect on the lives of local people, and should be dealt with in a more competent, sympathetic and professional manner.