Needham Market Neighbourhood Plan
The Needham Market Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) is being prepared by Needham Market Town Council. When complete, it will be used to help guide and shape future development in the parish.
Reg 18 Decision Statement (20 July 2021) - Plan being advanced to local referendum
On 5 July 2021, Mid Suffolk cabinet committee agreed that the Needham Market NDP should proceed to a local referendum.
This is subject to implementation of all the modifications set out in the independent examiner's report. The decision is confirmed through publication of the following statement:
As soon as we are able to do so, we will publish the referendum version of the NDP. Once we have published this, we will be able to confirm the date for the referendum. This will be subject to revised guidance caused by COVID-19.
Reg 17 Independent Examination (Final Report dated 24 May 2021)
Mid Suffolk District Council appointed Ann Skippers BSc (Hons) MRTPI FHEA FRSA AoU to carry out an independent examination of the Needham Market NDP. The examination was conducted through written correspondence.
On 24 May 2021, the examiner issued her final report. It recommends that, subject to modification, the NDP meets the basic conditions and should proceed to a local referendum.
Planning practice guidance also provides advice on the weight to be attached to this post-examination plan.
Reg 16 Submission Consultation (2 Dec 2020 - 27 Jan 2021)
The district council carried out formal consultation on the submitted NDP to see if it fulfils the Basic Conditions set out in the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.
The consultation was carried out in accordance with Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations 2012 (as amended). The consultation period ran from 2 December 2020 to 27 January 2021.
The town council (the qualifying body) had formally submitted the following documents:
- A map identifying the proposed NDP area
- The submission draft Needham Market NDP
- A Consultation Statement
- A Basic Conditions Statement
- A copy of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Determination Notice
- A copy of the Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA) Determination Notice
- As supporting evidence, a development framework and design guidelines document
An assessment as to whether this NDP fulfils the basic conditions will be carried out by an independent examiner. An initial check was carried out 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 (with the exception of personal details) published on this website.
SEA/HRA Screening & Determination (May 2020)
The pre-submission draft NDP was screened to determine whether an SEA and/or an HRA were needed. Both were 'screened-out'. The relevant reports and determination notices, which confirm that the plan is unlikely to have significant environmental effects, are published below:
- Read the Needham Market NDP SEA Screening Report (Land Use Consultants, Feb 2020)
- Read the Needham Market NDP SEA Determination Notice (May 2020)
- Read the Needham Market NDP HRA Screening Report (Place Services, Mar 2020)
- Read the Needham Market NDP HRA Determination Notice (May 2020)