Wetheringsett cum Brockford Neighbourhood Plan
The Wetheringsett cum Brockford Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) is being prepared by their parish council and local community. When complete, it will be used to help guide and shape future development in the plan's area.
Reg 16 Submission consultation (23 Jan to 10 March 2023)
The Wetheringsett cum Brockford NDP was submitted in December 2022 and has now been approved for publication and subsequent examination.
Written comments are being invited on this plan and accompanying documents in accordance with Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations, 2012 (as amended).
The consultation period runs from Monday 23 January 2023 until 4:00pm on Friday 10 March 2023.
A list of the submitted documents appears below. Our Public Notice also explains where copies of the Plan can be accessed locally.
- A Map identifying the NDP Area
- The submission draft Wetheringsett cum Brockford NDP 2022 – 2037
- A Consultation Statement
- A Basic Conditions Statement
- A Housing Needs Assessment Report (AECOM, Oct 2022)
- A Design Guidelines document (AECOM, Sept 22)
- An Environmental Assets Report
- Copies of the SEA and HRA Screening Reports and Determination Notices (see under Previous Stages section below)
An assessment on how this NDP meets the basic conditions will be undertaken by an Independent Examiner. Our initial check suggests that the relevant requirements have been met at this stage. View the Regulation 15 Checklist.
Submitting your comments
Alternatively, you can post your comments to:
Wetheringsett NP Consultation, c/o Spatial Planning Policy Team
Babergh & Mid Suffolk District Councils,
8 Russell Road,
Ipswich, IP1 2BX
All responses must be received before the consultation deadline. They cannot be treated as confidential and, with the exception of personal details, will be published on this webpage at the end of the consultation period. As part of your response, you can also state if you wish to be notified if and when this NDP is adopted by Mid Suffolk District Council.
What can I comment on at this stage?
At this stage you can comment on the submitted plan and its policies.
It is important to remember that the examiner will only be able to recommend changes to the NDP that are necessary to ensure that it meets the Basic Conditions. Therefore, you should consider whether the Plan meets those. The submitted Basic Conditions Statement sets out how the Parish Council considers they have met these tests.
I commented on this plan at an earlier stage. Do I need to repeat those comments?
Issues raised in response to the pre-submission consultation should be referred to in the Consultation Statement. As a result, the Examiner will be aware of these - so you do not need to repeat them.
However, if changes have been made to the NDP that raise new issues or affect the points you made previously, you might want to send in a further comment. All comments made at this stage will be sent on to the Examiner.
What happens next?
At the end of this consultation period all duly made representations will be sent to the independent examiner. It will be down to them to decide how they wish to proceed. Typically, they will rely upon the written representations, but they could call a public hearing if it is beneficial to do so.
The Examiner will consider whether the Plan meets the basic conditions, or whether further modifications need to be made for it to do so. The Examiner will also decide if this NDP can proceed to a referendum. This will all be set out in their Final Report.
SEA/HRA screening and determination (Sept 2022)
The pre-submission draft NDP was screened to decide whether a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) and or a habitats regulations assessment (HRA) were needed. Both were 'screened-out'. The relevant reports and determination notices are published below:
- Read the Wetheringsett NDP SEA screening report (LUC, Aug 2022)
- Read the Wetheringsett NDP SEA determination notice (Sept 2022)
- Read the Wetheringsett NDP HRA screening report (LUC, Aug 2022)
- Read the Wetheringsett NDP HRA determination notice (Sept 2022)
Reg 14 Pre-submission Consultation (20 Jun to 5 Aug 2022)
Pre-submission consultation on the draft Wetheringsett NDP ended on 5 August 2022.
Please visit the parish council's website for more information.