Strong views on where building should take place in the district? Suffolk Coastal residents are being asked for their comments on a draft plan, which will shape where residential and commercial development could be located during the next 20 years.
Beginning on Friday 18 August, a 10-week consultation by SCDC is welcoming comments from residents on the draft Local Plan for Suffolk Coastal which, when finalised, will be used as a guide for future planning decisions and highlights areas within the district which have the potential for growth.
The draft document is presented in two parts. Part 1 has been prepared in conjunction with Ipswich Borough Council to identify the strategic cross boundary issues affecting the two local authorities. Part 2 focus on issues specific to Suffolk Coastal.
Cllr Tony Fryatt, Suffolk Coastal’s cabinet member for Planning, said: “Across the country, there is a serious shortage of decent, affordable housing and the average cost of housing is rising all the time. It is important that delivery of housing across this district matches the need of communities by building more homes that people want to live in, in places people want to live.
“To help communities, a Local Plan needs to provide housing opportunities for younger people, families and older people as well as encouraging a range of employment opportunities alongside the delivery of infrastructure at the right time.
“A Local Plan can help deliver the vision for each community across the district by setting out the level of growth which needs to be planned for and identifies where that growth should go. This consultation is the first stage in the process and the first opportunity for members of the public, partners and interested parties to have their say.”
The consultation closes on Monday 30 October.
As detailed in Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Council’s East Suffolk Business Plan, the Councils’ objective is to achieve the right balance for the local area, attracting inward investment to take advantage of economic opportunities whilst at the same time protecting and enhancing the natural and built environment.
A series of public exhibitions will give residents an opportunity to discuss the draft Local Plan with Planning Officers:
- Monday 11 September (4pm – 7:30pm) – Yoxford Village Hall (Main Hall)
- Thursday 14 September (4pm – 7:30pm) – Tower Hall, Rushmere St Andrew
- Monday 18 September (4pm – 7:30pm) – Felixstowe Town Hall (Council Chamber)
- Tuesday 26 September (4pm – 7:30pm) – East Suffolk House (Deben Room), Melton
- Wednesday 27 September (4pm – 7:30pm) Wenhaston Village Hall
- Monday 2 October (4pm – 7:30pm) Kirton Recreation Ground (The Pavilion)
- Wednesday 11 October (4pm – 7:30pm) Riverside Centre, Stratford St Andrew
Alongside the consultation document, the Council is also publishing:
Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report, Sustainability Appraisal Site Assessments, Supporting evidence base documents in relation to housing and employment needs.
Copies of the consultation document, Sustainability Appraisal documents and evidence base documents are available on the Council’s website at: www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/planning/local-plans/suffolk-coastal-local-plan/local-plan-review/
Alternatively copies of the documents are available for inspection in local libraries across the district (including mobile libraries).
Should you have any comments to make on the consultation document, or any part of the supporting documents please submit your comments to be received no later than 23.45 on Monday 30 October 2017 via:
- The Council’s new on-line consultation system which can be accessed via: http://consult.suffolkcoastal.gov.uk/consult.ti
- Email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or
- Letter addressed to Planning Policy & Delivery Team, East Suffolk House, Station Road, Melton, Woodbridge, IP12 1RT.