Proposed Submission Site Allocations Local Plan
What is this consultation about?
Forest Heath District Council is planning for long term growth to meet demand for housing and employment land so that there is certainty in how and where our settlements will grow. This submission (Regulation 19) consultation, on the council's Site Allocations Local Plan (SALP) is your final opportunity to comment on the plan.
The Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulations Assessment which accompany this document, also form part of this consultation, their findings and recommendations having informed the SALP.
This consultation asks specific questions required by the Planning Inspectorate, the body that checks that Local Plan documents have been prepared correctly. These questions are:
At this final stage, your representations should relate to the soundness or legality of the submission document. Following this consultation on the submission SALP, the document and all representations made will be submitted to the Secretary of State with a view to an Examination being held in early summer 2017. Subject to the plan being deemed sound and legally compliant, it is anticipated that the document will be adopted in late 2017.
How to make comments
The SALP submission document and supporting documents can be viewed online at http://westsuffolk.jdi-consult.net/localplan/index.php. Once you have registered online on the council's consultation website, it is easy to make comments on any section of the document or the document as a whole. You can also view an interactive on-line version and download a PDF version of the whole document. Hard copies of the documents are available to view at the council's offices in Mildenhall, Newmarket, Brandon and Bury St Edmunds.
To comply with Government guidance, and to help ensure that comments are submitted in a format that the Inspector examining the plan can readily use, your representations made in response to the SALP submission document must:
The tests of soundness are set out below and should be used as a basis for any comments made on this SALP submission document.
A glossary to help explain some of the technical aspects is provided in the full glossary at Appendix A and in accompanying leaflets and consultation materials, available on the council's website at www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/fhlocalplan.
We ask that responses are made online by visiting the council's public consultation website http://westsuffolk.jdi-consult.net/localplan/
Alternatively, written responses will be accepted and a paper response form can be obtained by telephoning 01284 757368 or emailing email@example.com If you are submitting supporting information alongside a written response, please enclose three printed copies of this alongside your response.
Please return paper response forms/letters to:
Strategic Planning Team
Forest Heath District Council
West Suffolk House
Bury St Edmunds
All responses must be returned by 5pm 21 February 2017
Please note that late responses will not be accepted.
Please be aware that any representations made on this document will be available for everyone to view, regardless of whether they are submitted by post or online.
If you wish to submit supporting material with your response it would be helpful if you can do so electronically and include a summary of the content within the question response.
Where there are groups who share a common view on an issue in the document, it would be helpful if that group could send in a single response indicating how many people it is representing and how the response has been authorised.