Suffolk Coastal Local Plan - Final Draft

Final Draft Local Plan

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Local Plan Stages

Issues and Options
First Draft Plan
Final Draft Plan
Submission for Examination
Examination Hearing
  Inspector's Report and Adoption 

What is this document?

This is the Final Draft of the Suffolk Coastal Local Plan. It has been published under Regulation 19 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) Regulations 2012 (as amended).

Making a representation

Please submit representations using the on-line Representation Form. Representations on soundness and legal compliance of the Final Draft Plan can be made between 10am on 14th January and 5pm on 25th February 2019. Following this, the Council will submit the Local Plan to the Secretary of State for independent examination.


A Planning Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State will consider all representations made on the Final Draft Plan, and will hold a public hearing. If you wish to appear at the hearing and take part in the examination, you must first make written representations on the plan during the above period and request to participate at the public hearing. Hearings will take the format of an informal round table exploration of issues.

Inspector's Report and Adoption

Following the hearings, the Inspector will publish a report which will set out if the Plan is 'Sound' or 'Unsound'. Subject to the Inspectors Report, the Council will formally adopt the Local Plan. On adoption, the Local Plan will replace the remaining 'saved policies' of the Suffolk Coastal Local Plan (incorporating first and second alterations) 2001 and 2006, Core Strategy and Development Policies Development Plan Document 2013, Site Allocations and Area Specific Policies Development Plan Document 2017 and the Felixstowe Peninsula Area Action Plan 2017 in their entirety.

What is Soundness?

The National Planning Policy Framework sets out the tests of soundness which a Local Plan must pass. These are:

  • Positively prepared - providing a strategy which, as a minimum, seeks to meet the area's objectively assessed needs; and is informed by agreements with other authorities, so that unmet need from neighbouring areas is accommodated where it is practical to do so and is consistent with achieving sustainable development;
  • Justified - an appropriate strategy, taking into account the reasonable alternatives, and based on proportionate evidence;
  • Effective - deliverable over the plan period, and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic matters that have been dealt with rather than deferred, as evidenced by the statement of common ground; and
  • Consistent with national policy - enabling the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in this Framework.

Representations on the Final Draft Plan should indicate what test of soundness they relate to and whether they consider the plan to be sound or not.