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Debenham Neighbourhood Plan

The Debenham Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) is being prepared by Debenham Parish Council and, when completed, will be used to help guide and shape future development in the parish.

Latest news ...

Independent Examination (Sept - Oct 2018)

Mid Suffolk District Council appointed Janet Cheesley BA (Hons) DipTP MRTPI to carry out an independent examination of the Debenham NDP. The examination commenced in mid-Sept. Having considered all the evidence before her she has now issued her final report (see below). The report recommends that ... "subject to modification, the Plan will provide a practical framework  against which decisions on development can be made" and that ..."as modified, [the Plan] should proceed to a [local] referendum." 

Mid Suffolk's Cabinet Committee will be asked to endorse the recommendations contained in the report when they meet in December, i.e., the Parish Council will be asked to modify their plan accordingly. Further details will be published here in due course.

Previous stages ...

Reg 16 Submission Consultation (2 July - 24 Aug 2018)

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 Debenham NDP between 2 July 2018 and 24 August 2018. Debenham Parish Council (the qualifying body) had formally submitted the following documents:

An assessment as to whether the 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 had been met at this stage. View the Reg 15 Checklist

Respondents were also reminded that their comments would be forwarded to the independent examiner and, that with the exception of personal contact details, they would be published on this website. They were also advised that, in accordance with guidance issued by NPIERS in early 2018, the NDP Group would be given an opportunity to comment on the representations made and submit their own response to them if they felt it appropriate to do so.

SEA / HRA Screening & Determination (Mar 2018)

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 was that the need for an SEA Scoping Report was 'screened-in, and the need for an HRA Scoping Report was 'screened-out'. A copy of the relevant reports and Notices of Determination are published below.

(NB: The list includes an updated version of the Screening Report prepared by EPS which reflects advice given by Natural England. The update did not alter the conclusions reached in the Determination Notices). 

Reg 14 Pre-submission Consultation (1 Feb - 16 Mar 2018)

Pre-submission consultation on the draft Debenham NDP was undertaken between 1 February and 16 March 2018. See the Debenham PC website for more details.

Area Designation (3 Sept 2014)

View the Area Designation documents