Babergh and Mid Suffolk have confirmed a series of public drop-in events as part of the public consultation on the councils’ draft Joint Local Plan.
The events, which will be run across the districts during August and September, will allow residents with questions about the draft Joint Local Plan to put those questions to members and officers from the two councils. Residents from both Babergh and Mid Suffolk, as well as any other individuals with an interest in the districts, are invited to drop-in to any of the events.
The first public event will be held in Stowmarket on Tuesday 6 August, with the full schedule of events detailed below.
|6 August||2pm - 5pm||Stowmarket||Stowmarket United Reform Church, Ipswich Street, Stowmarket IP14 1AD|
|8 August||3.30pm - 6.30pm||Copdock and Washbrook||Copdock & Washbrook Village Hall, Old London Road, Copdock IP8 3JN|
|13 August||3.30pm - 5.30pm||Stradbroke||Stradbroke Community Centre, Wilby Road, Stradbroke IP21 5JN|
|14 August||3pm - 7pm||Lavenham||Main Hall, Lavenham Village Hall, Church Street, Lavenham CO10 9QT|
|20 August||1.30pm - 8pm||Elmswell||Chamberlayne Hall, The Blackbourne, Blackbourne Road, Elmswell IP30 9UH|
|22 August||2.30pm - 6pm||Capel St Mary||Capel St Mary Village Hall, The Street, Capel St Mary IP9 2EF|
|27 August||2pm - 4.30pm||Stowupland||Stowupland Village Hall, Church Road, Stowupland IP14 4BQ|
|28 August||3pm - 7pm||Pinewood||The Lounge, Pinewood Community Centre, Laburnum Close, Pinewood IP8 3SL|
|29 August||3pm - 5pm||Rickinghall||Rickinghall Village Hall, Hinderclay Road, Rickinghall IP22 1HD|
|2 September||2.30pm - 5.30pm||Thurston||New Green Centre, New Green Avenue, Thurston IP31 3TG|
|3 September||3pm - 7pm||East Bergholt||The Constable Memorial Hall, Gandish Road, East Bergholt CO7 6TP|
|4 September||3pm - 7pm||Hadleigh||Social Room, Hadleigh Pool & Leisure Centre, Stonehouse Road, Hadleigh IP7 5BH|
|5 September||3pm - 7pm||Sudbury||Assembly Room, Sudbury Town Council Offices, Sudbury Town Hall, Sudbury CO10 1TL|
|9 September||2.30pm - 6.30pm||Bacton||Bacton Village Hall, Church Road, Bacton IP14 4LJ|
|10 September||2.30pm - 5.30pm||Eye||Eye Community Centre, Magdalen Street, Eye IP23 7AJ|
|11 September||2.30pm - 8.30pm||Great Cornard||Room 5, The Stevenson Centre, Stevenson Approach, Great Cornard CO10 0WD|
|12 September||3.30pm - 6.30pm||Needham Market||Burton Room, Needham Market Community Centre, School Street, Needham Market IP6 8BB|
|17 September||3pm - 7pm||Claydon||Claydon & Barham Village Hall, 6-8 Norwich Road, Claydon IP6 0DF|
|18 September||2.30pm - 6.30pm||Shotley||Shotley Village Hall, The Street, Shotley IP9 1LX|
|19 September||12.30pm - 4.30pm||Stowmarket||The Mix, 127 Ipswich Street, Stowmarket IP14 1BB|
The events are part of the ongoing public consultation on Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils’ draft Joint Local Plan. Residents are invited to submit their comments online via the councils’ Consultation Page, where the list of drop-in events is also published, via the Joint Local Plan webpage.
Those with detailed questions who are unable to make these events can contact the Strategic Planning Policy team directly via email or on the councils’ 0300 123 4000 number, selecting option 5 and then option 4 from the menus.
Cllr David Burn, Mid Suffolk District Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning, said: “Our draft Joint Local Plan is available online, but we know just how daunting it can look for someone without a planning background. For any residents who want to ask about specific aspects, or just have a face to face conversation about what the plan involves, these events are an opportunity to get an answer to their questions.”
Cllr Clive Arthey, Babergh District Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning, said: “The new Joint Local Plan will shape Babergh over the next twenty years and we want people to understand how it affects them and how to let us know what they think of it. We want people to take part in the consultation process and we want to provide as much support as possible to help people do that. The drop-in events will explain the context of the plan and our officers will be able to provide information and assistance. It should help people who want to submit responses, which in turn will help us put together a plan that works for our entire district.”
The draft Joint Local Plan considers how to shape development in the two districts between 2018 and 2036, with focuses on the environmental, social and economic impact of development. The draft proposes detailed policies, addressing issues as varied as enhancing town centre occupation, planning for a growing and ageing population and protecting and enhancing environmental assets. It aims to provide for sustainable growth, giving a growing population homes and workplaces alongside protecting and enhancing the unique characters and environmental assets of the two districts.
The consultation closes at 4pm on Friday 30 September.