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Supplementary Planning Documents

Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) are developed to support (and to help implement) the Babergh Development Framework (BDF). Although they are non-statutory documents, and are therefore not subject to independent inspection, they must be clearly linked to a policy or policies in a parent DPD (e.g. the Core Strategy) or, where appropriate, to a 'saved' policy in a current Local Plan. SPDs must also be produced through a process of community consultation before they can be adopted by the Council as a material consideration in determining planning applications.

To date Babergh has adopted four SPDs. Two of these, the Rural Development and Core Strategy Policy CS11 and the Affordable Housing SPD (2014) relates to the Babergh Core Strategy. The other two SPDs relate to saved (2006) Local Plan policies.

Rural Development and Core Strategy Policy CS11 SPD (Adopted 8 August 2014)

The Babergh Core Strategy (adopted Feb 2014) sets out a new and more flexible approach to housing provision in rural areas. Policy CS11 of the document sets out the strategy for development for Core and Hinterland Villages and it provides for proposals to be approved if they meet the criteria set out in the policy.  The SPD provides additional guidance on the interpretation of the policy and the information that will be required to support proposals.  

The Rural Development and Core Strategy Policy CS11 Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) was adopted on the 8th of August 2014.

Rural Development and Core Strategy Policy CS11 SPD

Adoption Statement

Consultation Statement

Affordable Housing SPD (Adopted 13 February 2014)

Babergh District Council formally adopted the Affordable Housing SPD (2014) on 13th February 2014. The SPD supports Core Strategy Policies CS19 (Affordable Housing requirements for market housing) and CS20 (Rural Exception policy). The purpose of the SPD is to help facilitate the delivery of affordable housing (including exception sites and the approach towards Commuted Sums in small sites) to meet housing need and assist in the creation and maintenance of sustainable, inclusive and mixed communities. This SPD replaces the Babergh Affordable Housing SPD (2009).

Affordable Housing SPD (2014)

Hamilton Road Quarter, Sudbury SPD (Adopted February 2010)

This SPD was adopted to provide clear guidance for the appropriate, comprehensive redevelopment of the area covered by Local Plan policy SD06. It provides a general policy context, a detailed site analysis, a design response to this (in which design principles are set out) and indicates the parameters for the development process.

Hamilton Road Quarter, Sudbury SPD (Feb, 2010)

Hamilton Road Quarter Sustainability Appraisal

Adoption Statement

Consultation Statement

Safeguarding Employment Land SPD (Adopted March 2008)

Adopted to support Local Plan policy EM24, this SPD is intended to provide advice to prospective applicants and the general public on the criteria against which proposals for the alternative use of business, industrial and warehouse land will be considered.

Safeguarding Employment Land SPD (March 2008)

Adoption Statement

Summary of Main Issues and Responses

See also:

Suffolk County Council Parking Standards Supplementary Guidance (2014) which has been adopted and made operational as non-statutory technical guidance with immediate effect by both Babergh & Mid Suffolk District Councils

Supplementary Planning Guidance on Provision of Outdoor Recreation Facilities & Open Space (2010)

Further information regarding developer contributions to infrastructure can be found here