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Neighbourhood Plan

What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

A Neighbourhood Plan is a community-led framework for guiding the future development and growth of an area. It may contain a vision, aims, planning policies, proposals for improving the area or providing new facilities, or allocation of key sites for specific kinds of development. All Neighbourhood Plans must meet Basic Conditions.

Neighbourhood plans relate to the use and development of land and associated social, economic and environmental issues. It may deal with a wide range of issues (like housing, employment, heritage and transport) or it may focus on one or two issues that are of particular importance in a local area.

A Neighbourhood Plan will be subject to examination and referendum and then form part of the Local Development Plan. This statutory status gives Neighbourhood Plans far more weight than some other local planning documents, such as parish plans, community plans and village design statements.

Locality Neighbourhood Plans Quick Guide

Woolpit Neighbourhood Plan has been completed, and approved by Woolpit Parish Council. Very many thanks to everybody who has contributed to and supported the making of the Plan.
It was submitted to Mid Suffolk District Council for the final stages: examination, final consultation, and the community referendum. 

Reg 17 Independent Examination (Final Report dated 3 August 2020)
Mid Suffolk District Council appointed Janet Cheesley BA (Hons) DipTP MRTPI to carry out an independent examination of the Woolpit NDP. The examination was conducted through written correspondence and included a focused two-week consultation on proposed significant modifications. On 3 August 2020 the Examiner issued her Final Report. This recommends that, subject to modification, the Woolpit NDP meets the basic conditions and that it should proceed to a local referendum.

See the Examiners Final Report (3 Aug 2020)


A report on the above will now be taken to Mid Suffolk Cabinet (date to be confirmed). Planning Practice Guidance also provides advice on the weight that can now be attached to a post-examination NDP.

The proposed significant modifications were as follows:

"The deletion of Policy WPT1 (Spatial Strategy). The sites identified in Policies WPT3 (Land south of Old Stowmarket Road) and WPT4 (Land east of Green Lane) would remain as existing commitments, rather than allocations. The deletion of Policy WPT5 (Land north of Woolpit Primary School) as this site does not currently have planning permission. The reasons for these significant changes are outlined in my ‘Open Letter’ to Woolpit Parish Council dated 4 March 2020.”

Copies of all the written representations received were sent to Examiner.

You can see more information on the MSDC website under Woolpit Neighbourhood Plan 

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