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.
Local Referendum (Thursday 7 February 2019)
A local referendum was held on Thursday 7 February 2019 to decide if the Debenham NDP should become part of this Councils Development Plan for the whole parish of Debenham. The question asked of those entitled to vote was: "Do you want Mid Suffolk District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Debenham to help it decide planning applications in the Neighbourhood Plan Area?"
The Referendum count took place that same day and the declared result was published on Friday 8 February 2019 - the result being a majority vote in favour.
A report will now go to Full Council on 18 March 2019 with the recommendation that the Debenham NDP be formally 'made' (adopted).
See also, the final version of the Debenham Neighbourhood Development Plan (Dec 18)
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. Her final report recommended 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."
Reg 16 Submission Consultation (2 July - 24 Aug 2018)
The District Council undertook formal consultation on the submission draft version of the Debenham NDP between 2 July and 24 August 2018. The Parish Council (as the qualifying body) had formally submitted the following documents:
An initial check was undertaken to confirm that the relevant requirements had been met at this stage prior to the plan being examined. View the Reg 15 Checklist
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 took place 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