The Suffolk Coastal Local Plan was submitted to the Secretary of State for independent examination on 29 March 2019. Hearing sessions are currently taking place and it is envisaged that adoption will be in November/December 2019, following publication of the inspector’s report in October 2019.
Forest Heath and St Edmundsbury
On 1 April 2019, Forest Heath and St Edmundsbury Councils merged and were replaced by West Suffolk Council. Following the merger, the existing adopted Local Plans for St Edmundsbury and emerging Local Plans for Forest Heath continue to apply until a new Local Plan for West Suffolk is adopted (scheduled for 2023).
A ‘Call for Sites’ exercise ran from 21 November to 20 December 2018 and provided the opportunity to submit details of sites that may be suitable for development. Details of sites submitted as part of the Call for Sites consultation are scheduled to be released into the public domain in September 2019, with a Regulation 18 Issues and Options / Preferred Approach consultation to follow in later 2019.
The council undertook a public consultation on the Local Plan Review Preferred Options (Reg 18) from 16 January until 13 March 2019. The consultation consisted of two documents; the Core Strategy and Policies Development Plan Document (DPD) Review Preferred Options and the Site Allocations and Policies. Regulation 19 consultation is anticipated for late 2019, with adoption scheduled for December 2020.
Babergh and Mid-Suffolk
Babergh and Mid-Suffolk District Council’s Joint Local Plan Issues and Options Consultation (Regulation 18) closed on 10 November 2017. Their joint Local Plan Preferred Options (Regulation 18) is currently out for consultation from 22 July until 30 September.
The target date for adoption is late 2020/early 2021.
Suffolk County Council has recently consulted on the proposed Ipswich northern relief road, identifying three potential routes. It is envisaged that a strategic outline business case will be prepared, and a decision will be made as to whether funding is available to allow the project to proceed by the end of 2019. The next key date, assuming the project proceeds, will be a decision on the preferred route which will be made by the end of 2020
Waveney’s Local Plan was adopted on 20 March 2019. Once Suffolk Coastal’s Local Plan is adopted, it is anticipated that work will commence on a new joint Local Plan for East Suffolk Council (Waveney and Suffolk Coastal).