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Inspector's Report - September 2023

The Councils have received the Inspector's Report (Document K01) following the Council's Proposed Modifications Consultation. The report concludes that the duty to cooperate has been met and that with the recommended Main Modifications as set out in the Appendix to the report, the Babergh and Mid Suffolk Joint Local Plan satisfies the requirement referred to in Section 20(5)(a) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended) as being sound and capable of adoption.

Inspector's Report (this report is accompanied by an Appendix containing the Main Modifications)

Hard copies of the Inspectors’ Report and Appendix are available for public viewing during the normal office hours of the following locations: Endeavour House, Russell Road, Ipswich IP1 2BX; and the Customer Access Points at Sudbury Library, Market Hill, Sudbury CO10 2EN, and 54 Ipswich Street, Stowmarket IP14 1AD (for details of opening hours please visit www.babergh.gov.uk/contact-us/ and www.midsuffolk.gov.uk/contact-us/).

If you wish to contact us, please phone 0300 124 4000 (option 5 then option 4) or e-mail localplan@baberghmidsuffolk.gov.uk. Please note the Inspectors’ Report is final and we are not inviting comments on the report.

The Full Council meetings to consider the adoption of the Babergh and Mid Suffolk Joint Local Plan Part 1 will take place in November 2023.

The Planning Inspectorate would like your feedback about the Examination. If you were involved in the Examination because you made comments in writing and/or you took part in a Hearing Session, then we would be very pleased if you could fill in this short survey: https://forms.office.com/r/vcT3RaRvtY, which will be open for five weeks until Thursday 26th October 2023. Any comments you make will be confidential.

For further information on previous examination updates please view our Joint Local Plan Examination homepage.


2022 Five Year Housing Land Supply Position Statement & Annual Monitoring Report (AMR) 

The Councils have published the 5 Year Housing Land Supply Position statement (2022) and Annual Monitoring Report (2021 to 2022). These documents are available to view through the planning policy evidence base 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.


For Previous Updates please view our Previous Updates Archive page

Evidence base updates

The Councils have a significant evidence base relating to the JLP. It includes a sustainability appraisal and a habitats regulations assessment (HRA). It also includes information about:

  • development viability
  • infrastructure requirements and funding
  • flood risk
  • heritage impact
  • landscape impact
  • transport impact

You can access our current evidence base online:

Current Evidence Base

Local Plan mailing list

If you have already made comments about the JLP, you will be notified of any future information (unless you have chosen otherwise).

If you have not previously made comments about the JLP and wish to receive updates, please register for the Babergh and Mid Suffolk JLP mailing list:

Register for our JLP mailing list

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