Joint Local Plan Consultation

Babergh and Mid Suffolk are currently consulting on the Babergh and Mid Suffolk Joint Local Plan - Consultation Document. This is an important document which will provide the strategy for the growth of the Districts, setting out what and where development will take place up to 2036. Residents, local businesses and stakeholders are being asked to have their say on the new Babergh and Mid Suffolk Joint Local Plan. Once adopted, the new Joint Local Plan will replace the existing local planning policies for both Babergh and Mid Suffolk.

Joint Local Plan

Planning Applications 

The Capel St Mary Parish Council receives planning applications from Babergh District Council at which we are asked to make a recommendation for approval or refusal, using our knowledge of the village and the impact possible changes could make.

Decisions on planning matters are made at a properly convened meetings of either the Full Council or, if required, by the Planning Sub- Committee. 

All applications must be compliant with the Babergh Local Development Framework and Local Plan 2011-2031 Core Strategy and Policies. 

Please see attached link which will take you to the Babergh District Council website where you may view the information. Some of these are very large documents so be cautious if planning to print.

Babergh & Mid Suffolk Local Plan

Babergh Core Strategy & Policies

Housing Need Survey 

The Capel St Mary Parish Council is currently in the process of creating a Housing Need Survey with the support and input of Babergh District Council. We are looking to get these distributed to households by the end of 2015. 

A Housing Needs Survey (HNS) provides accurate local information. They identify the need for different types of new housing accommodation by type, size, tenure and affordability and tell us about people’s income and what is affordable in our area. 

The survey information helps assess the housing needs and preferences of the village with information also provided on the number of households requiring physical adaptations or supported or specialist housing. The Council Housing Register is also used as an indicator of need.

Neighbourhood Planning

The Capel St Mary Parish Council has for sometime been considering whether to go forward with the creation of a Neighbourhood Plan and is currently still in discussions and gathering information. Following the Village ‘Drop In’ event and Housing Needs Survey, we feel we will be in a better position to make an informed decision as to what parishioners are looking for within their village.

Neighbourhood planning provides the opportunity for communities to set out a vision for how they want their community to develop over the next ten, fifteen, twenty years in ways that meet identified local need and have a positive impact for local people.

It would give residents a say over where new homes, shops and offices will be built and what they will look like, and the confidence that they will have the proper support to cope with the demands of new development.

Neighbourhood planning provides a genuine opportunity for local people to influence the future of their area. These powers have been granted through the Localism Act.

Whilst they are about influencing the future development of your village, Neighbourhood Development Plans shouldn’t be a reaction to proposed development as growth is essential to sustain a vibrant community and economy.

A Neighbourhood Plan will be subject to examination and referendum and then form part of the Development Plan. Any plan would need to be approved by residents of Capel St Mary prior to it progressing to the District Council to be approved. This statutory status gives a Neighbourhood Plans far more weight than some other community led Plans, such as Parish Plans, Community Plans and Village Design Statements.

However, Neighbourhood Plans take in the region of two years to create and are quite costly, although grants can be obtained. Outside Consultants are often required as the work involved and knowledge required to create such a plan is often more than what is available on the local Parish Council.

Please see below some examples of Neighbourhood Plans.

Rendlesham Neighbourhood Plan

Hartest Neighbourhood Plan

Lavenham Neighbourhood Plan