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 (Spring 2019)
Mid Suffolk District Council have appointed Ann Skippers BSc (Hons) MRTPI FRSA AoU to carry out an independent examination of the Botesdale and Rickinghall NDP. It is anticipated that this will commence in mid-April and we will publish more details here as and when appropriate.
Guidance published by NPIERS in 2018 also introduced the opportunity for NDP Groups to view and comment on the representations made at the Reg 16 stage.
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 (Jan 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. The outcome of this exercise was that the need for an SEA Scoping Report and the need for an HRA Scoping Report were both 'screened-out'. A copy of the relevant reports and Notices of Determination are published below:
Reg 14 Pre-submission Consultation (9 Nov to 21 Dec 2018)
Reg 05 Area Designation (11 May 2017)
In March 2017, Rickinghall Parish Council submitted an Area Designation Application to define the boundary of the neighbourhood plan. The area covers the parishes of Rickinghall Inferior, Rickinghall Superior, and the parish of Botesdale. The publication period began on 15 Mar 2017 and closed on 28 Apr 2017. Under the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended), Mid Suffolk District Council confirmed the designated NDP Area on 11 May 2017. A notice to this effect can be viewed below: