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Important new information:

Proposed Modifications Consultation (March 2023)

The Councils are inviting responses on their Proposed Modifications to the Babergh and Mid Suffolk Joint Local Plan in accordance with section 20 (7C) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004.

The consultation period runs from 12 noon on Thursday 16th March 2023 to 5pm on Wednesday 3rd May 2023 (6 weeks). Further information is available through the Proposed Modifications Consultation page.

Local Plan timetable (the Local Development Scheme)

A new Local Development Scheme (LDS), which sets out the revised timetable for the production of the JLP, was approved by Babergh District Council on 25 October 2022 and Mid Suffolk District Council on 27 October 2022.

The LDS outlines a Part 1 and a Part 2 Joint Local Plan, as well as introducing nine Supplementary Planning Documents. An updated programme for revisions to the Community Infrastructure Levy Charging Schedules is also set out.

Examination update - September 2022

The Councils are working on the proposed modifications to the Joint Local Plan. The Inspectors have written to the Councils on 16 September 2022 with the latest update (Document G12) on the anticipated Examination schedule. 

Examination update - April 2022

The Councils are currently working with our consultants and project partners to scope and progress the outstanding matters raised by the inspectors during the examination so far, and the necessary main modifications. The Inspectors have written to the Councils on 28 April 2022 with the latest update (Document G11) on the anticipated Examination schedule.

Following the exploratory meeting with the inspectors on Thursday 16 December 2021, it is proposed to progress the current Joint Local Plan (JLP) as a 'Part 1' local plan. This will be followed by the preparation and adoption of a 'Part 2' local plan as soon as possible.

The Local Development Scheme is to be updated to reflect this, and this will provide details of what each plan will cover, and the timetable for their production. In the meantime, the letter from the inspectors (document G09) gives details on the areas each plan will be likely to include.


For Previous Updates please view our Previous Updates Archive page.

Appointed Inspectors

The examination has now started. Inspectors Malcolm Rivett BA(Hons) MSc MRTPI and Alison Partington BA(Hons) MA MRTPI have been appointed to hold an independent examination of the Babergh District Council and Mid Suffolk District Council JLP. The role of the appointed inspectors is to carry out an independent assessment of the overall soundness of the JLP. They will also assess whether it satisfies the statutory requirements for its preparation

Programme Officer

Annette Feeney has been appointed as the Programme Officer for the Babergh and Mid Suffolk JLP Examination. She will deal with all procedural, administrative and programming matters.

The programme officer is independent from the Councils and reports directly to the planning inspectors conducting the Babergh & Mid Suffolk JLP examination.

All correspondence or queries relating to the Babergh and Mid Suffolk JLP Examination should be directed to the programme officer on the contact details below:

Email the Programme Officer

Tel: 07775771026

Postal Address: Annette Feeney, Programme Officer c/o Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils, Endeavour House, Russell Road, Ipswich IP1 2BX

Core Document Library

The Core Document Library contains all documents which are part of the examination process - including the JLP, the evidence and correspondence.

You can access the library, which will be kept up to date throughout, online:

Core Document Library