The Botesdale and Rickinghall Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) is being prepared by the two parish councils and, when completed, will be used to help guide and shape future development in the designated area.
Reg 17 Independent Examination (Final Report 15 Aug 2019)
Mid Suffolk District Council appointed Ann Skippers BSc (Hons) MRTPI FRSA AoU to carry out an independent examination of the Botesdale & Rickinghall NDP. The examination was conducted through written correspondence. On 15 August, the Examiner issued her final report. It recommends that, subject to modification, the Plan meets the basic conditions and can proceed to a local referendum.
A report on the above will now be taken to Mid Suffolk Cabinet. Planning guidance also provides advice on the weight that can now be attached to a post-examination NDP.
Reg 16 Submission Consultation (11 Feb – 27 Mar 2019)
In accordance with Regulation 16 of The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations, 2012 (as amended) the District Council undertook formal consultation on the content of the Botesdale & Rickinghall NDP to see if it fulfils the Basic Conditions as required by Paragraph 8(1)(a)(2) of Schedule 4B of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (inserted by the Localism Act 2011). The consultation period ran from Mon 11 February to Wed 27 March 2019 .
Botesdale & Rickinghall Parish Councils (the qualifying body) had formally submitted the following documents to the District Council:
An assessment as to whether the Botesdale & Rickinghall NDP fulfils the Basic Conditions will be undertaken by an Independent Examiner (see above). A check was, however, undertaken to confirm that the relevant requirements have been met at this stage. View the Regulation 15 Checklist
Respondents were also reminded that their comments would be forwarded to the Independent Examiner and, with the exception of personal contact details, would be published on this website.
SEA / HRA Screening & Determination (Updated July 2019)
The Pre-submission draft version of the NDP was assessed to determine whether a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and/or a Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) were required. A Screening Report, dated Dec 2018, concluded that the need for both an SEA Scoping Report and Habitats Regulation Assessment Report were both 'screened-out'. The three statutory bodies were consulted and the Council subsequently issued its Notices of Determination in January 2019.
At Examination (see Examination Correspondence file above) it was established that the original Screening Report contained a factual error. The NDP was re-screened and the statutory bodies consulted for a second time. Now published below are the revised Screening Report (June 2019) and the two updated Notices of Determination.
Reg 14 Pre-submission Consultation (9 Nov to 21 Dec 2018)
Reg 05 Area Designation (11 May 2017)