Suffolk Coastal Local Plan: Modifications

The former Suffolk Coastal District Council (now East Suffolk Council) submitted the Suffolk Coastal Local Plan to the Secretary of State on the 29th March 2019 for Examination. Planning Inspector Philip Lewis BA (Hons) MA MRTPI was appointed to conduct the examination to determine whether the Local Plan is sound. Public hearings took place between 20th August and 20th September 2019.

When the Council submitted the Plan it requested under Section 20(7C) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 that the Planning Inspector in examining the plan recommend any modifications necessary to ensure the soundness of the plan.

Following the close of the public hearings, the Inspector has written to the Council advising what modifications are likely to be required in order for the plan to be found sound. These are called ‘Main Modifications’.

Before the Inspector can finalise his conclusions on the soundness of the Plan, these Main Modifications need to be consulted on alongside an updated Sustainability Appraisal and Habitat Regulations Assessment of the modifications. Responses to the consultation will be considered by the Inspector before he prepares his final report on the Suffolk Coastal Local Plan.

This consultation is not an opportunity to re-state previous representations, as these have already been considered as part of the examination. This is also not an opportunity to raise new objections to the submitted Local Plan. This consultation is purely on the modifications and it is only these which are available for comment.

The Council has submitted to the Inspector responses to his questions and additional evidence as required through the Examination. These are available to view in the Document Library. The Council has also published an updated Equality Impact Assessment as part of the consultation.

Sustainability Appraisal

All of the Main Modifications have been screened to test whether they would have any impact on the results of the Sustainability Appraisal Report. Where necessary, updates have been made to the conclusions. This can be found in the Sustainability Appraisal Addendum Report which is also published for consultation alongside the Main Modifications. 

Habitats Regulations Assessment

All of the Main Modifications have been screened to test whether they would have any impact on the conclusions of the Suffolk Coastal Local Plan Habitats Regulations Assessment. The Habitat Regulations Assessment has been updated and republished in full to take into account the proposed Main Modifications and is subject to consultation alongside the Main Modifications. 

Additional Modifications

Alongside the consultation on Main Modifications, the Council has also published a number of proposed ‘Additional Modifications’ which it wishes to make to the plan prior to adoption. These ‘Additional Modifications’ are not before the Inspector and do not materially alter the policies of the Plan and are generally minor clarifications and corrections of factual errors. The Council is also inviting comments on these ‘Additional Modifications’.

Policies Map Modifications

A number of changes are also proposed to the Policies Maps to take into account ‘Main Modifications’ and ‘Additional Modifications’, to make factual corrections and for presentational reasons. The changes to the Policies Maps are not in themselves before the Inspector, however have been made to take account of the Main Modifications where necessary. A Schedule of Proposed Policies Map Modifications has been published together with revised Policies Maps incorporating the proposed changes. The Council is also inviting comments on the changes to the Policies Maps.

Tracked Changed Version of the Plan

The Council has also published, for reference, a consolidated ‘tracked changes’ version of the Local Plan which highlights all of the ‘Main Modifications’ and ‘Additional Modifications’ proposed.



The modifications below are expressed in the conventional form of strikethrough for deletions and underlining for additions of text.

The page numbers and paragraph numbering below refer to the Final Draft Local Plan (January 2019), and do not take account of the deletion or addition of text.

Relevant East Suffolk Council Hearings Statements and Notes, and Statements of Common Ground, are referred to in the Reason column where these provide an overarching explanation for the modification. The Hearings Statements and Statements of Common Ground are available to view on the Hearings Statements page of the Examination website and the Notes are available to view in the Document Library on the Examination website.

Each modification is set out separately. There are instances where more than one change to a particular policy or paragraph are proposed through separate modifications. The table generally runs in Plan order, but there are instances where a single modification covers multiple parts of the Plan.

Footnotes from the Final Draft Local Plan are not included unless modifications are put forward within them.  

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Policy / Paragraph of Final Draft Local Plan

Main Modification

Reason

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Paragraph 1.29

Modification to paragraph 1.29:

The only trunk road in the District is the A14 that connects Felixstowe with Ipswich, Cambridge and the Midlands. The A14 is an important freight route and is fundamental to the success of the Port of Felixstowe and communities surrounding Ipswich. At times the A14 can become blocked which creates major impacts for residents, visitors and businesses in the area as there is no suitable alternative route. Over the plan period managing the capacity of the A14 as well as considering alternative strategic routes will be necessary. The Council fully supports the ongoing work of Suffolk County Council in considering potential options for routes to the north of Ipswich.

To reflect the decision to cease work on Ipswich Northern Route.

See ‘Note on Infrastructure Provision – Ipswich Northern Route’ (March 2020) (Document J43).

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Paragraph 2.16

Modification to paragraph 2.16:

In addition to enhancements to the existing highway network and integrated transport solutions, including bus network improvements within the town and increased capacity of the local rail offering, a northern route around Ipswich is expected to be needed to enable growth in the longer term. The route would improve connectivity between the A14 and A12, reducing pressure on the A14 and improving network resilience, especially near the Orwell Bridge and Copdock interchange. Suffolk County Council published an Ipswich Northern Route Study in January 2017, which assessed three indicative broad routes. The Council fully supports the ongoing work of Suffolk County Council in considering potential options for routes, and it is expected that the next review of the Suffolk Coastal Local Plan (along with other Local Plans in the Ipswich Strategic Planning Area) will examine route options in more detail, including the extent to which the options might support potential future scenarios for housing and employment growth beyond that which is being planned for within this Local Plan.

To reflect the decision to cease work on Ipswich Northern Route.

See ‘Note on Infrastructure Provision – Ipswich Northern Route’ (March 2020) (Document J43).

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Policy SCLP2.2

Policy SCLP2.2: Strategic Infrastructure Priorities

The Council will work with partners such as the other local planning authorities in the ISPA, Suffolk County Council, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Suffolk Constabulary, utilities companies, Highways England and Network Rail in supporting and enabling the delivery of key strategic infrastructure, and in particular the timely delivery of:

a) Ipswich Northern Route;

b) a) A12 improvements;

c) b) A14 improvements;

d) c) Sustainable transport measures in Ipswich;

e) d) Improved walking and cycle routes;

f) e) Increased capacity on railway lines for freight and passenger traffic;

g) f) Appropriate education provision to meet needs resulting from growth;

h) g) Appropriate health and leisure provision to meet needs resulting from growth;

i) h) Appropriate police, community safety and cohesion provision to meet needs resulting from growth;

j) i) Provision of green infrastructure and Suitable Alternatives Natural Greenspace;

k) j) Improvements to water supply, foul sewerage and sewage treatment capacity; and

l) k) Provision of appropriate digital telecommunications to provide mobile, broadband and radio signal for residents and businesses.

To reflect the decision to cease work on Ipswich Northern Route.

See ‘Note on Infrastructure Provision – Ipswich Northern Route’ (March 2020) (Document J43).

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Paragraph 3.34

Modifications to paragraph 3.34:

The communities neighbouring Ipswich have in the past seen large proportions of growth directed towards them which has resulted in the established communities of Rushmere St Andrew, Kesgrave and Martlesham. These locations provide a comprehensive range of services and facilities which meet the needs of the local community and those of surrounding settlements. In April 2018, the Council granted outline planning permission (DC/17/1435/OUT) for the delivery of 2,000 homes at Brightwell Lakes as set out in the 2013 Core Strategy. The Brightwell Lakes site is significant in terms of infrastructure provision and housing delivery and therefore it is not currently considered appropriate to focus the strategy of the Plan on development in this part of the District. However opportunities are taken to plan positively for specific sites, including redevelopment of the Martlesham Police Headquarters and development of land at Humber Doucy Lane to support the delivery of housing in Ipswich Borough. In future Local Plan revisions, the Council will reconsider growth opportunities in the parts of the District neighbouring Ipswich, taking into account delivery rates at Brightwell Lakes and opportunity to bring forward development that supports the Business Case for strategic road routes to the north of Ipswich (as promoted by Suffolk County Council).

To reflect the decision to cease work on Ipswich Northern Route.

See ‘Note on Infrastructure Provision – Ipswich Northern Route’ (March 2020) (Document J43).

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Paragraph 12.178

Modifications to paragraph 12.178:

Suffolk County Council has consulted on the potential for an Ipswich Northern Route. Decisions on any potential route have not yet been taken and the Council will continue to work in partnership with Suffolk County Council. Working in partnership will ensure that any Northern Route provides a number of significant benefits to the local community as well as realising the economic benefits that may be brought about in the future. Due to the uncertainties surrounding the Ipswich Northern Route at this stage, the Local Plan does not seek to identify any large scale developments which could potentially blight future options.

To reflect the decision to cease work on Ipswich Northern Route.

See ‘Note on Infrastructure Provision – Ipswich Northern Route’ (March 2020) (Document J43).

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Paragraph 12.324

Modifications to paragraph 12.324:

Previous Local Plans have identified the A12 as the western limit of the town, beyond which growth would not be supported, and this Local Plan continues this approach. This Local Plan seeks to continue that approach until such time as further detail and justification is available for the Ipswich Northern Routes and the situation can be reviewed. Consultation undertaken by Suffolk County Council in January 2017 identified a number of potential routes. These routes may have an impact on the town of Woodbridge and the Council is concerned that any development west of the A12 will blight the choices relating to this significant piece of infrastructure.

To reflect the decision to cease work on Ipswich Northern Route.

See ‘Note on Infrastructure Provision – Ipswich Northern Route’ (March 2020) (Document J43).

 



 

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Page of Final Draft Local Plan

Policy / Paragraph of Final Draft Local Plan

Main Modification

Reason

MM2

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Chapter 1 (Key Issues)

Amend second bullet of the Biodiversity section of the Key Issues to read:

Need to ensure that areas of biodiversity value are protected and enhanced, and that net gains for biodiversity are delivered.

To reflect national policy in relation to biodiversity net gain. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Natural England (August 2019) 

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Paragraph 2.17

Insert text at end of paragraph 2.17 as set out below:

The provision of green infrastructure would also be expected to contribute to the delivery of net gains for biodiversity.

To provide clarity that green infrastructure should contribute to the achievement of biodiversity net gain. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Natural England (August 2019).  See ESC Matter 2F Statement (August 2019).

 



 

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Page of Final Draft Local Plan

Policy / Paragraph of Final Draft Local Plan

Main Modification

Reason

MM3

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Paragraph 1.33

Amend paragraph 1.33 to read:

The Local Plan sets out the level of growth which needs to be planned for in Suffolk Coastal and identifies where this should be located and how it should be delivered. The Plan sets out the strategic and non-strategic planning policies which the Council will use to determine planning applications across Suffolk Coastal, along with policies in made Neighbourhood Plans. This Local Plan will cover the period 2018-2036.

To distinguish between strategic and non-strategic policies.

See ‘Matter 2C - Note on Strategic and Non-Strategic Policies’ (September 2019) (Document I10)

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Paragraph 1.46

Amend paragraph 1.46 to read:

AllMany of the policies in the Local Plan are ‘strategic policies’ (as set out in Appendix M). This means that policies and proposals within future Neighbourhood Plans should be in general conformity with these policies. The pPolicies in the Plan do provide flexibility for Neighbourhood Plans to develop their own locally specific policies and in a number of policies there is specific reference to the types of policies that Neighbourhood Plans may choose to include. However, Neighbourhood Plans may cover other topics and provide local detail in relation to other policy areas where appropriate.

To distinguish between strategic and non-strategic policies.

See ‘Matter 2C - Note on Strategic and Non-Strategic Policies’ (September 2019) (Document I10)

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Paragraph 12.7

Amend paragraph 12.7 to read:

In accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework, the Local Plan identifies policies which are strategic and those which are not strategic. AllMany of the policies in the Local Plan are ‘strategic policies’, and these policies together set the overall strategy for the pattern, scale and quality of development. This means thatIn meeting the ‘basic conditions’ for Neighbourhood Plans, policies and proposals within future Neighbourhood Plans should be in general conformity with these policies. The pPolicies in the Plan do provide flexibility for Neighbourhood Plans to develop their own locally specific policies and in a number of policies there is specific reference to the types of policies that Neighbourhood Plans may choose to include. However, Neighbourhood Plans may cover other topics and provide local detail in relation to other policy areas where appropriate. Where policies are identified as not being strategic, as they relate solely to local or specific development management matters, Neighbourhood Plans which cover these topics will not need to demonstrate general conformity with these policies, however they must still have regard to any relevant parts of national policy. Appendix M of the Local Plan identifies whether policies are strategic or non-strategic.

To distinguish between strategic and non-strategic policies.

See ‘Matter 2C - Note on Strategic and Non-Strategic Policies’ (September 2019) (Document I10)

 

New Appendix M after Appendix L

Insert new Appendix M (Policy numbers have been updated to reflect other modifications):

Appendix M

Schedule of Strategic Policies

SCLP2.1

Growth in the Ipswich Strategic Planning Area

SCLP2.2

Strategic Infrastructure Priorities

SCLP2.3

Cross-boundary mitigation of effects on Protected Habitats

SCLP3.1

Strategy for Growth in Suffolk Coastal District

SCLP3.2

Settlement Hierarchy

SCLP3.3

Settlement Boundaries

SCLP3.4

Proposals for Major Energy Infrastructure Projects

SCLP3.5

Infrastructure Provision

SCLP4.1

Existing Employment Areas

SCLP4.2

New Employment Development

SCLP4.3

Expansion and Intensification of Employment Sites

SCLP4.4

Protection of Employment Premises

SCLP4.5

Economic Development in Rural Areas

SCLP4.6

Conversion and Replacement of Rural Buildings for Employment Use

SCLP4.7

Farm Diversification

SCLP4.8

New Retail and Commercial Leisure Development

SCLP4.9

Development in Town Centres

SCLP4.11

Retail and Commercial Leisure in Martlesham

SCLP4.12

District and Local Centres and Local Shops

SCLP5.1

Housing Development in Large Villages

SCLP5.2

Housing Development in Small Villages

SCLP5.3

Housing Development in the Countryside

SCLP5.4

Housing in Clusters in the Countryside

SCLP5.7

Infill and Garden Development

SCLP5.8

Housing Mix

SCLP5.9

Self Build and Custom Build Housing

SCLP5.10

Affordable Housing on Residential Developments

SCLP5.11

Affordable Housing on Residential Developments

SCLP5.12

Houses in Multiple Occupation

SCLP5.15

Residential Moorings, Jetties and Slipways

SCLP5.16

Residential Caravans and Mobile Homes

SCLP5.17

Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople

SCLP6.1

Tourism

SCLP6.2

Tourism destinations

SCLP6.3

Tourism Development within the AONB and Heritage Coast

SCLP6.4

Tourism Development outside of the AONB

SCLP7.1

Sustainable Transport

SCLP7.2

Parking Proposals and Standards

SCLP8.1

Community Facilities and Assets

SCLP8.2

Open Space

SCLP9.1

Low Carbon and Renewable Energy

SCLP9.2

Sustainable Construction

SCLP9.3

Coastal Change Management Area

SCLP9.4

Coastal Change Rollback or Relocation

SCLP9.5

Flood Risk

SCLP9.6

Sustainable Drainage Systems

SCLP9.7

Holistic Water Management

SCLP10.1

Biodiversity and Geodiversity

SCLP10.2

Visitor Management at European Sites

SCLP10.3

Environmental Quality

SCLP10.4

Landscape Character

SCLP10.5

Settlement Coalescence

SCLP11.1

Design Quality

SCLP11.3

Historic Environment

SCLP11.8

Parks and Gardens of Historic or Landscape Interest

SCLP12.1

Neighbourhood Plans

SCLP12.2

Strategy for Felixstowe

SCLP12.3

North Felixstowe Garden Neighbourhood

SCLP12.4

Land north of Conway Close and Swallow Close

SCLP12.5

Brackenbury Sports Centre

SCLP12.6

Land at Sea Road, Felixstowe

SCLP12.7

Port of Felixstowe

SCLP12.8

Land at Bridge Road

SCLP12.9

Land at Carr Rd / Langer Rd

SCLP12.10

Land at Haven Exchange

SCLP12.16

Felixstowe Leisure Centre

SCLP12.17

Tourism Accommodation in Felixstowe

SCLP12.18

Strategy for Communities Surrounding Ipswich

SCLP12.19

Brightwell Lakes

SCLP12.20

Land at Felixstowe Road

SCLP12.21

Ransomes

SCLP12.22

Recreation and Open Space in Rushmere

SCLP12.23

Ipswich Garden Suburb Country Park

SCLP12.24

Land at Humber Doucy Lane

SCLP12.25

Suffolk Police HQ, Portal Avenue, Martlesham

SCLP12.26

Strategy for Aldeburgh

SCLP12.27

Land rear of Rose Hill, Aldeburgh

SCLP12.28

Strategy for Saxmundham

SCLP12.29

South Saxmundham Garden Neighbourhood

SCLP12.30

Land north east of Street Farm, Saxmundham

SCLP12.31

Strategy for Woodbridge

SCLP12.32

Former Council Offices, Melton Hill

SCLP12.33

Land at Woodbridge Town Football Club

SCLP12.34

Strategy for Rural Areas

SCLP12.35

Former airfield Debach

SCLP12.36

Carlton Park, Main Road, Kelsale cum Carlton

SCLP12.37

Levington Park, Levington

SCLP12.38

Land at Silverlace Green (former airfield) Parham

SCLP12.39

Former airfield Parham

SCLP12.40

Bentwaters Park, Rendlesham

SCLP12.41

Riverside Industrial Estate, Border Cot Lane, Wickham Market

SCLP12.42

Land to the East of Aldeburgh Road, Aldringham

SCLP12.43

Land South of Forge Close between Main Road and Ayden, Benhall

SCLP12.44

Land to the South East of Levington Lane, Bucklesham

SCLP12.45

Land to the South of Station Road, Campsea Ashe

SCLP12.46

Land behind 15 St Peters Close, Charsfield

SCLP12.47

Land to the South of Darsham Station

SCLP12.48

Land North of The Street, Darsham

SCLP12.49

Land off Laxfield Road, Dennington

SCLP12.50

Land to the South of Eyke CoE Primary School and East of The Street, Eyke

SCLP12.51

Land to the West of Chapel Road, Grundisburgh

SCLP12.52

Land South of Ambleside, Main Road, Kelsale cum Carlton

SCLP12.53

Land North of the Street, Kettleburgh

SCLP12.54

Land to the rear of 31-37 Bucklesham Road, Kirton

SCLP12.55

Land at School Road, Knodishall

SCLP12.56

Land at Bridge Road, Levington

SCLP12.57

Land North of Mill Close, Orford

SCLP12.58

Land adjacent to Swiss Farm, Otley

SCLP12.59

Land adjacent to Farthings, Sibton Road, Peasenhall

SCLP12.60

Land between High Street and Chapel Lane, Pettistree (adjoining Wickham Market)

SCLP12.61

Land West of Garden Square Rendlesham

SCLP12.62

Land East of Redwald Road, Rendlesham

SCLP12.63

Land opposite The Sorrel Horse, The Street, Shottisham

SCLP12.64

Land off Howlett Way, Trimley St Martin

SCLP12.65

Land adjacent to Reeve Lodge, High Road, Trimley St Martin

SCLP12.66

Land off Keightley Way, Tuddenham

SCLP12.67

Land South of Lower Road, Westerfield

SCLP12.68

Land West of the B1125, Westleton

SCLP12.69

Land at Cherry Lee, Darsham Road, Westleton

SCLP12.70

Mow Hill, Witnesham

SCLP12.71

Land at Street Farm, Witnesham (Bridge)


Schedule of Non-Strategic Policies

SCLP4.10

Town Centre Environments

SCLP5.5

Conversion of buildings in the countryside for housing

SCLP5.6

Rural Workers Dwellings

SCLP5.13

Residential Annexes

SCLP5.14

Extensions to residential curtilages

SCLP6.5

New Tourist Accommodation

SCLP6.6

Existing tourism accommodation

SCLP8.3

Allotments

SCLP8.4

Digital Infrastructure

SCLP11.2

Residential Amenity

SCLP11.4

Listed Buildings

SCLP11.5

Conservation Areas

SCLP11.6

Non-Designated Heritage Assets

SCLP11.7

Archaeology

SCLP11.9

Newbourne – Former Land Settlement Association Holdings

SCLP12.11

Felixstowe Ferry and Golf Course

SCLP12.12

Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club to Cobbolds Point

SCLP12.13

Cobbolds Point to Spa Pavilion

SCLP12.14

Spa Pavilion to Manor End

SCLP12.15

Manor End to Landguard

To distinguish between strategic and non-strategic policies.

See ‘Matter 2C - Note on Strategic and Non-Strategic Policies’ (September 2019) (Document I10)

 



 

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Page of Final Draft Local Plan

Policy / Paragraph of Final Draft Local Plan

Main Modification

Reason

MM4

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Paragraph 2.1

Amend paragraph 2.1 to read:

Through this Local Plan, the ambition for Suffolk Coastal District is to significantly boost economic growth and housing delivery by providing significant areas of land to support the Port of Felixstowe and to attract investment through the creation of a new business park, whilst delivering at least 582542 homes a year.

To reflect updated housing need figures. See ESC Matter 2A Hearing Statement (August 2019)

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Paragraph 2.7

Amend paragraph 2.7 to read:

The National Planning Policy Framework sets out the standard approach for determining local housing need, with the accompanying Planning Practice Guidance setting out the methodology for calculating this. This involves using the latest published household projections and applying an uplift based upon published ratios of median house prices to median workplace earnings. The 2014-based latest (2016-based) household projections were published in September 2018July 2016 and the latest affordability ratios published in April 2018March 2019.

To reflect updated housing need figures. See ESC Matter 2A Hearing Statement (August 2019)

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Paragraph 2.8

Additional text at the end of paragraph 2.8:

The housing need figures for the authorities in the ISPA are shown in Table 2.1. The starting point for each authority will be to meet their own housing needs within their own boundary.  Reflecting the agreed outcomes in the ISPA Statement of Common Ground (March 2019), where through the plan making process and adoption of a local plan, an authority is unable to meet its own housing need, following a comprehensive re-assessment of deliverability the ISPA Board will provide the forum to collectively consider how need can be met within the ISPA. Where this would necessitate considering spatial and policy options to plan for further growth above that planned for within this Local Plan, a review of the Local Plan would be necessary. Policy SCLP2.1 refers to immediately commencing a review of the Local Plan or the strategic policies. In the context of the production of a Local Plan, the actions related to immediately commencing a review are likely to initially entail a review of the Local Development Scheme, consideration of strategic cross boundary issues and the production and consideration of an updated evidence base.

To set out a Local Plan review mechanism related to meeting housing need.

See ‘Matter 2A - Note on Review Mechanisms and Housing Needs’ (August 2019) (Document I16); ‘Note on SCLP2.1 regarding local housing need’ (February 2020) (Document J32a); and ‘Note on SCLP2.1 regarding Local Housing Need’ (April 2020) (Document J32b)

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Table 2.1

 

Standard method annual housing need

Standard method total housing need (2018 – 2036)

Babergh

420

7,560

Ipswich

479445

8,6228,010

Mid Suffolk

590556

10,62010,008

Suffolk Coastal

582542

10,4769,756

Total

2,0711,963

37,27835,334

To reflect updated housing need figures. See ESC Matter 2A Hearing Statement (August 2019).

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Policy

SCLP2.1

Policy SCLP2.1: Growth in the Ipswich Strategic Planning Area

Suffolk Coastal will continue to play a key role in the economic growth of the Ipswich Strategic Planning Area, whilst enhancing quality of life and protecting the high quality environments. Over the period 2018-2036, the Suffolk Coastal Local Plan will contribute to:

a)       The creation of at least 30,320 jobs through the provision of at least 49.8ha of employment land across the Ipswich Functional Economic Area;

b)      The collective delivery of at least 37,32835,334 dwellings across the Ipswich Housing Market Area; and

c)       Supporting the continued role of Ipswich as County Town.

The Council will work actively with the other local planning authorities in the ISPA and with Suffolk County Council to co-ordinate the delivery of development and in monitoring and reviewing evidence as necessary. Should it be determined through the plan making process that another authority within the ISPA is unable to meet its minimum housing need, the Council will, under the duty to cooperate, work collaboratively to determine whether housing development needs that cannot be met wholly within a particular plan area, could be met elsewhere.  An agreement to seek to accommodate unmet housing need would trigger an immediate review of the strategic policies of this Plan.

Criterion b) - To reflect updated housing need figures - see ESC Matter 2A Hearing Statement (August 2019)

Last paragraph - to set out a Local Plan review mechanism related to meeting housing need.

See ‘Matter 2A - Note on Review Mechanisms and Housing Needs’ (August 2019) (Document I16); ‘Note on SCLP2.1 regarding local housing need’ (February 2020) (Document J32a); and ‘Note on SCLP2.1 regarding Local Housing Need’ (April 2020) (Document J32b)

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Table 3.1

Amend the first column in Table 3.1 to read:

To deliver at least 10,4769,756 new homes to meet the housing requirements of the whole community including those wishing to move into the area;

To reflect updated housing need figures. See ESC Matter 2A Hearing Statement (August 2019).

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Page 31 (pink box)

Amend the first bullet in the pink box to read:

582542 new homes per year (10,4769,756 over the lifetime of the plan - 2018-2036);

To reflect updated housing need figures. See ESC Matter 2A Hearing Statement (August 2019).

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Paragraph 3.20

Amend paragraph 3.20 to read:

The National Planning Policy Framework states that to determine the minimum number of homes needed strategic policies should be informed by a local housing need assessment conducted using the standard method set out in the National Planning Practice Guidance. The calculation of local housing need is based upon the 20162014-based household projections8 and is also informed by an uplift based upon the ratio of earnings to house prices9. Using the standard method, the local housing need for Suffolk Coastal District is 582542 dwellings per year. In accordance with Planning Practice Guidance the baseline for housing need will be 2018, and it is applied to the period to 2036.

Amend Footnote 8 to read: 20162014-based household projections as published by the Office for National Statistics in September 2018July 2016

Amend Footnote 9 to read: Ratio of median workplace earnings to median house prices as published by the Office for National Statistics in April 2018March 2019

To reflect updated housing need figures. See ESC Matter 2A Hearing Statement (August 2019).

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Paragraph 3.21

Amend paragraph 3.21 to read:

A housing requirement of 582542 dwellings per annum is considered to represent an ambitious approach to housing delivery, which will assist in meeting the needs of local communities, as well as significantly boosting the supply of housing, consistent with the Council’s corporate objectives.

To reflect updated housing need figures. See ESC Matter 2A Hearing Statement (August 2019).

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Policy SCLP3.1

Policy SCLP3.1: Strategy for Growth in Suffolk Coastal District

The Council will deliver an ambitious plan for growth over the period 2018 – 2036 in Suffolk Coastal by:

a)       Supporting and facilitating economic growth through the supply of significantly more than the baseline requirement of 11.7ha of land for employment uses to deliver at least 6,500 jobs and to enable the key economic activities to maintain and enhance their role within the UK economy;

b)      Sustain and support growth in retail, commercial leisure and town centres including facilitating provision towards plan period forecasts of between 4,100 - 5,000 sqm of convenience retail floorspace and between 7,700 – 13,100 sqm of comparison retail floorspace;

c)       Significantly boosting the supply of housing, the mix of housing available and the provision of affordable housing, through the delivery of at least 582542 new dwellings per annum (at least 10,4769,756 over the period 2018 - 2036);

d)      Ensuring the provision of infrastructure needed to support growth;

e)      Protecting and enhancing the quality of the historic, built and natural environment across the District.

The strategy for growth will seek to provide opportunities for economic growth and create and enhance sustainable and inclusive communities through:

f)        The delivery of new Garden Neighbourhoods at North Felixstowe and South Saxmundham;

g)       Utilising opportunities provided by road and rail corridors, including a focus on growth in the A12 and the A14 corridors;

h)      New strategic employment allocations based around key transport corridors, including to support the Port of Felixstowe;

i)        Strategies for market towns which seek to reflect and strengthen their roles and economies;

j)        Appropriate growth in rural areas that will help to support and sustain existing communities.

To reflect updated housing need figures. See ESC Matter 2A Hearing Statement (August 2019).

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Paragraph 3.37

Amend paragraph 3.37 to read:

Whilst the total requirement is 10,4769,756 dwellings over the period 2018 - 2036, a large proportion of this is already accounted for in outstanding planning permissions, dwellings where there is a resolution to grant planning permission subject to completion of a Section 106 agreement and existing allocations review and carried forward from adopted Local Plans and those contained in ‘made’ Neighbourhood Plans’. The Local Plan also provides a contingency to allow for flexibility in the delivery of sites. Table 3.2 below explains the residual housing figure that this Local Plan will need to provide for.

To reflect updated housing need figures. See ESC Matter 2A Hearing Statement (August 2019).

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Table 3.2

 

Number of dwellings

Outstanding planning permissions (31.3.18)

3,609

Dwellings with resolution to grant planning permission, subject to S106 (31.3.18)

2,41313

Allocations in current Local Plan or Neighbourhood Plans (without permission or resolution to grant subject to S106) (31.3.18)

976

Total commitments (31.3.18)

6,998

Housing requirement (2018 – 2036): (582542 x 18)

10,4769,756 (582542 dwellings per annum)

Residual need (requirement minus commitments)

10,4769,756 – 6,998 = 3,4782,758 residual need.

This is the minimum to be planned for in the Local Plan, however a contingency will also be incorporated.

To reflect updated housing need figures. See ESC Matter 2A Hearing Statement (August 2019).

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Paragraph 3.39

Amend paragraph 3.39 to read:

Allocations for housing in this Local Plan exceed the total dwelling requirement for the period 2018 – 2036 by approximately 8.5%16.5% (approximately 8901,610 dwellings), before an allowance for windfall is factored in. This over-allocation provides confidence that the overall housing requirement will be met even if some allocated sites fail to come forward. In addition there is likely to be further development which comes forward on sites not identified in the plan. These sites will either be within the Settlement Boundaries or through the exceptions and countryside policies or on additional sites identified in Neighbourhood Plans.

To reflect updated housing need figures. See ESC Matter 2A Hearing Statement (August 2019).

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Paragraph 5.1

Amend paragraph 5.1 to read:

This Local Plan sets a housing requirement of 582542 dwellings per annum over the period 2018 – 2036 (10,4769,756 in total). As at 31st March 2018, 6,998 dwellings are already under construction, permitted or allocated, and, with a contingency applied to allow flexibility, the policies and allocations in this plan seek to ensure that this requirement is met. The residual need to be met is 3,4782,758 dwellings (before a contingency is applied).

To reflect updated housing need figures. See ESC Matter 2A Hearing Statement (August 2019).



 

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Paragraph 2.15

Modifications to paragraph 2.15:

The provision of new and improved infrastructure is essential to ensure that the growth planned across the area is sustainable. Planning for infrastructure across the area will include schools, sustainable transport measures, improvements to the A12 and A14, improvements to other parts of the road networks and the railways. In addition to infrastructure requirements directly linked to planned growth, there are other cross-boundary projects that would help to grow and improve the economy and quality of life for the area. The Upper Orwell Crossings has been identified as a project to relieve traffic congestion around Ipswich town centre and the A14, involving the construction of three new bridges around the Ipswich docks. However, the overall estimated costs have increased and the project is currently paused.  Development in the Ipswich Strategic Planning Area is predicted to collectively add to significant strain on the transport network in and around Ipswich. Additional highway capacity will not on its own address these issues and the ISPA authorities agree that robust steps must be taken to prioritise healthy and sustainable travel. A package of transport mitigation measures has been identified to reduce vehicle movements. Suffolk County Council as the Highway Authority has developed a strategy which contains a package of mitigation measures to deliver modal shift and mitigate impacts on the wider Ipswich highways network.  These include:

-       Transport infrastructure to encourage and support sustainable modes of transport

-       A Bus Quality Partnership

-       A Smarter Choices programme

-       Review of car parking and pricing strategies

-       Review of park and ride strategy

-       Junction improvements

The strategy which has been developed by Suffolk County Council identifies the costs of delivering these measures and apportionments based on impacts related to planned growth within each local planning authority area. East Suffolk Council is committed to working with the other authorities across the ISPA to ensure that there is a co-ordinated approach to funding the mitigation through the delivery of the Local Plan.

To reflect approach to delivery of transport mitigation measures in the ISPA – see Statement of Common Ground between ESC and  Suffolk County Council (July 2019).  See ESC Matter 2F Hearing statement (August 2019)

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Policy SCLP2.2

Insert new paragraph at the end of Policy SCLP2.2:

The Council will work with Suffolk County Council and with the other Local Planning Authorities in the Ipswich Strategic Planning Area to support, through a package of funding sources, a range of new and enhanced sustainable transport measures in and around Ipswich.

To reflect approach to delivery of transport mitigation measures in the ISPA – see Statement of Common Ground between ESC and  Suffolk County Council (July 2019).  See ESC Matter 2F Hearing statement (August 2019)

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Paragraph 7.4

Insert new paragraph after 7.4:

In order to mitigate the cumulative impacts of growth in the Ipswich Strategic Planning Area on junctions and roads in and around Ipswich, and to promote healthy travel options, a package of transport measures has been identified to reduce vehicle movements. They include:

-       Transport infrastructure to encourage and support sustainable modes of transport

-       A Bus Quality Partnership

-       A Smarter Choices programme

-       Review of car parking and pricing strategies

-       Review of park and ride strategy

-       Junction improvements

Sustainable transport measures will therefore be expected to promote and deliver modal shift in a manner consistent with local strategies.

To reflect approach to delivery of transport mitigation measures in the ISPA – see Statement of Common Ground between ESC and  Suffolk County Council (July 2019).  See ESC Matter 2F Hearing statement (August 2019)



 

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Table 3.5

Modifications as set out in Table 3.5 at the end of this document - Table 3.5 – Anticipated housing growth by Town / Parish 2018 -2036

To correct error in table. See

Note on Update to Table 3.5 (August 2019) (Document I19).

Amendments resulting from modifications to allocation SCLP12.50 - see

ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.34 – SCLP12.72 Hearing Statement (August 2019)

 



 

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Policy SCLP3.3

Policy SCLP3.3: Settlement Boundaries

Settlement Boundaries are defined on the Policies Map and apply to Major Centres, Market Towns, Large Villages and Small Villages. Land which is outside of Settlement Boundaries and which isn’t allocated for development in the Local Plan and Neighbourhood Plans is defined as Countryside.

New development within defined settlement boundaries will be acceptable in principle, subject to consideration of other relevant policies of the development plan.

New residential, employment and town centre development will not be permitted in the Countryside except where specific policies in this Local Plan or Neighbourhood Plans indicate otherwise.

Proposals for new residential development outside of the Settlement Boundaries and outside of land which is allocated for development will be carefully managed strictly controlled in accordance with national planning policy guidance and the strategy for the Countryside.

Neighbourhood Plans can make minor adjustments to Settlement Boundaries and allocate additional land for residential, employment and town centre development providing that the adjustments and allocations do not undermine the overall strategy and distribution as set out in this Local Plan.

First and fourth paragraph - To clarify that there are allocations outside of Settlement Boundaries and that development would be acceptable in those locations. See ESC Matter 2C Hearing Statement (August 2019).

Fourth paragraph - See ‘Matter 2C - Note on Policy SCLP3.3 Settlement Boundaries’ (August 2019)

 



 

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Paragraph 3.52

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The Suffolk Coast is at the forefront of electricity energy generation across the country both in respect of onshore and offshore energy. It is essential that major energy infrastructure projects are delivered in a planned way which takes into account the potential impact of hosting constructing, operating and decommissioning large and nationally significant infrastructure in the District. The Council is committed to working in a collaborative partnership approach with the scheme promoters, local communities, Government, New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, service providers and public bodies to ensure the best outcomes of major energy infrastructure projects can be achieved.

To acknowledge stages of development related to energy generation.

See ‘Matter 2E - Note on SCLP3.4 Major Energy Infrastructure’ (October 2019) (Document J2)

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Paragraph 3.53

Modification to paragraph 3.53:

The Government, through the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is committed to the increased delivery of Nuclear Energy Provision across the country. A new nuclear power station at Sizewell is a nominated site in the National Policy Statement for Nuclear Power Generation EN6 as part of this national package. Nuclear Energy has been generated at Sizewell since the 1960’s and the operation of the site will continue beyond the plan period as a result of the separate operations that take place such as the decommissioning programme at Sizewell A and the continued production at Sizewell B and at a new station.

To acknowledge stages of development related to energy generation.

See ‘Matter 2E - Note on SCLP3.4 Major Energy Infrastructure’ (October 2019) (Document J2)

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Paragraph 3.54

Modification to paragraph 3.54:

The decisions in respect of the new power station will be taken at a national level as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) with various regulators assessing safety, security and other issues through the necessary design and construction. Decisions on any other energy related projects identified as NSIPs will also be taken at a national level, taking into consideration relevant National Policy Statements. The Council would be a statutory consultee in this process. However it is considered that one of the biggest development and construction programmes faced by the Council and its communities in generations should be developed alongside the overall policy framework for the District to enable the impacts and benefits to be managed, including addressing the issues of cumulative impact and outcomes of other large scale projects.

For clarity on decision taking. See ‘Matter 2E - Note on SCLP3.4 Major Energy Infrastructure’ (October 2019) (Document J2)

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Paragraph 3.55

Modification to paragraph 3.55:

The role of the Local Plan will be to consider the suitability of any specific proposal and the mitigation of local impacts (both positive and negative) on the communities across the District and to realise the economic benefits during the construction, operation and decommissioning stages. The current Sizewell site is a rural location in close proximity to the town of Leiston and other nearby settlements such as Aldringham cum Thorpe and Eastbridge. In addition the wider highway and rail network to this location is challenging. As well as the social impacts affecting the communities nearby, the environmental impacts of a site on the coast, within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and close to protected landscapes such as Sizewell Marshes and Minsmere Nature Reserve, and the impact on the Suffolk Seascape will need to be assessed both during construction and beyond. Impacts on the historic environment should be avoided, and if not possible, minimised. Opportunities to co-locate infrastructure may reduce impacts, and there may be opportunities to enhance the setting of assets through restoration after construction, operation and decommissioning. Focus should be on prevention of impact on the natural and historic environments as opposed to compensation for the effect. Where a project involves multiple consents, developers will be expected to work collaboratively with authorities to prepare a project wide Habitats Regulations Assessment.

To acknowledge stages of development related to energy generation. See ‘Matter 2E - Note on SCLP3.4 Major Energy Infrastructure’ (October 2019) (Document J2)

To provide reference to the historic environment. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Historic England (August 2019)

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Paragraph 3.56

Additional wording in paragraph 3.56:

Although the provision of nuclear energy is currently prominent, the Suffolk Coast is increasingly coming under pressure to support developments associated with the off shore energy sector and linking this into the national grid, as well as inter-continental connections to enable the exchange of electricity with other countries. Investment in a variety of major energy infrastructure projects needs to be supported by infrastructure and facilities on shore and these sectors are expected to require land to enable activities over the plan period. Where new major energy projects are proposed, potential alternative sites, located outside of designated areas should be considered at an early stage. Where possible companies and developers will be encouraged to work collaboratively and share infrastructure and facilities that serve other requirements to reduce any potential impacts during the construction, operation and decommissioning stages of projects.

To include reference to consideration of designated areas. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and AONB Partnership (August 2019). See ESC Matter 2E Hearing Statement (August 2019).

To acknowledge stages of development related to energy generation. See ‘Matter 2E - Note on SCLP3.4 Major Energy Infrastructure’ (October 2019) (Document J2)

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Paragraph 3.57

Modification to paragraph 3.57:

The cumulative impact of hosting a variety of major energy infrastructure facilities in the area is likely to have an impact on existing and future generations. To balance this impact a variety of local economic, environmental and community mitigation and enhancement measures benefits will need may be required to be delivered to ensure proposed Major Energy Infrastructure Projects are acceptable in planning terms. an overall positive balance of outcomes for the local communities and the District. Community mitigation and enhancement could take many different forms over the plan period, but in land use terms these could be in the form of but not limited to examples such as sports facilities, meeting places, woodland planting schemes or habitat creation.  Any measures proposed would need to be in accordance with the tests of for planning obligations and planning conditions set out in the National Planning Policy Framework.

To appropriately reference the consideration of mitigation and enhancement measures.

See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and National Grid Ventures (August 2019)

See ‘Matter 2E - Note on SCLP3.4 Major Energy Infrastructure’ (October 2019) (October 2019) (Document J2)

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Paragraph 3.58

Modification to paragraph 3.58:

The timing of the Major Energy Infrastructure Projects across the District is not yet confirmed and the planning, construction, operation and decommissioning of existing and future projects are likely to be beyond the Local Plan period but are required to have regard to the policies in the Local Plan. Therefore it It is not possible to fully identify all the issues that may arise as a result of individual or cumulative projects for local communities and operators. As such, this will need to be kept under consideration alongside future reviews of the Local Plan.

To relate to timescales of major energy projects.

See ‘Matter 2E - Note on SCLP3.4 Major Energy Infrastructure’ (October 2019) (Document J2)

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Paragraph 3.59

Modification to paragraph 3.59:

A variety of local issues have been identified by the Council, as local planning authority, which need to be addressed in relation to Major Energy Infrastructure Projects. The Council will work with the local community, other local authorities, government agencies, service providers and operators to ensure the most successful outcomes are achieved. Although Table 3.6 identifies a variety of issues that may not be relevant to every Major Energy infrastructure Project, it below is intended to inform pre-application and early engagement discussions and provides an early view on potential constraints and opportunities across the District.

For clarity in relation to application of Table 3.6.

See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and National Grid Ventures (August 2019).

See ‘Matter 2E - Note on SCLP3.4 Major Energy Infrastructure’ (October 2019)

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Table 3.6

Modification to title of Table 3.6:

Table 3.6 - Themes that may be relevant to the consideration of energy infrastructure proposals during the construction, operation and decommissioning stages.

To acknowledge stages of development related to energy generation. See ‘Matter 2E - Note on SCLP3.4 Major Energy Infrastructure’ (October 2019) (Document J2)

See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and National Grid Ventures (August 2019).

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Table 3.6

Modification to Table 3.6 under Environment section:

Environment

  • Sites located within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Heritage Coast
  • Impact on designated and protected landscapes and habitats. Projects to be supported by Habitat Regulations Assessment
  • Physical form, scale and appearance of buildings within the landscape
  • Impact on built, historic and natural environment arising from development, operation and decommissioning of projects
  • Potential impact on designated heritage assets,and non-designated heritage assets,and archaeological assets, and their settings, in the areas within and surrounding Major Energy Infrastructure Projects.
  • Risk of significant dust deposition and damage to vulnerable landscapes including Minsmere Nature Reserve
  • Impact on Suffolk Seascape
  • Impact of light pollution to nocturnal species, and on the AONB and the historic environment
  • Appropriate landscaping of sites after the decommissioning phases
  • Habitat loss and noise disturbance for species and noise disturbance regarding the historic environment
  • Effect of light and dust on nature conservation sites and the historic environment
  • Impact on tranquillity

To appropriately reference the historic environment. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Historic England (August 2019).

See ‘Matter 2E - Note on SCLP3.4 Major Energy Infrastructure’ (October 2019) (Document J2)

To include reference to tranquillity. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and

AONB Partnership (August 2019). See ESC Matter 2E Statement (August 2019).

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Policy SCLP3.4

Policy SCLP3.4: Proposals for Major Energy Infrastructure Projects

In its role either as determining authority for development under the Town and Country Planning Act, or as consultee on Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects, the Council will take into consideration the nature, scale, extent and potential impact of proposals for Major Energy Infrastructure Projects, including cumulative impacts throughout their lifetime, including decommissioning of existing plant and facilities.

The Council will work in partnership with the scheme promoter, local communities, National Grid, Government, New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, service providers, public bodies and relevant local authorities to ensure significant local community benefits and an ongoing legacy of the development is achieved as part of any Major Infrastructure Projects as outlined in Table 3.6.

Proposals for Major Energy Infrastructure Projects across the District and the need to mitigate the impacts arising from these will have regard to be considered against the following policy requirements:

a) Relevant Neighbourhood Plan policies, strategies and visions;

b) Appropriate packages of local community benefit to mitigate the impacts of be   provided by the developer to offset and compensate the burden and disturbance experienced by the local community for hosting major infrastructure projects;

c) Community safety and cohesion impacts;

d) Requirement for a robust Environmental Impact Assessment

e) Requirement for a robust Habitats Regulations Assessment;

f) Requirement for a robust Heritage Impact Assessment;

f) g) Requirement for robust assessment of the potential impacts on the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty;

g) h) Appropriate flood and erosion defences, including the effects of climate change are incorporated into the project to protect the site during the construction, operational and decommissioning stages;

h) i) Appropriate road and highway measures are introduced (including diversion routes) for construction, operational and commercial traffic to reduce the pressure on the local communities;

i) j) The development and associated infrastructure proposals will seek are to deliver positive outcomes for the local community and surrounding environment;

j) k) Economic and community benefits where feasible are maximised through agreement of strategies in relation to employment, education and training opportunities for the local community;

k) l) Measures to ensure the successful decommissioning and restoration of the site through appropriate landscaping is delivered to minimise and mitigate the environmental and social harm caused during operational stages of projects;

l) m) Cumulative impacts of projects are taken into account and do not cause significant adverse impacts; and

m) n) Appropriate monitoring measures during construction, operating and decommissioning phases to ensure mitigation measures remain relevant and effective.

Third paragraph – for clarity. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and National Grid Ventures (August 2019)

Criterion b) – To ensure consistency with the NPPF. See ‘Matter 2E – Note on SCLP3.4 Major Energy Infrastructure’ (October 2019) (Document J2)

Criterion f) - to include appropriate reference to heritage. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Historic England (August 2019)

Criterion j) – See ‘Matter 2E – Note on SCLP3.4 Major Energy Infrastructure’ (October 2019) (Document J2)



 

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New paragraph inserted after paragraph 3.67

New paragraph added after paragraph 3.67 to read:

The Habitats Regulation Assessment of this Local Plan recommends that clarity is provided in the Local Plan regarding the timely delivery of required infrastructure and treatment capabilities for phosphate, ammonia and nitrogen in order to ensure that there are no significant effects on European sites. The Cross Boundary Water Cycle Study identifies water recycling centres where treatment measures are expected to be needed to ensure that the objectives of the Water Framework Directive and the Habitats Regulation Directive are not compromised. This may also include improvements to the wider wastewater network. Anglian Water, in their role as a water company, and the Environment Agency, in their environmental oversight capacity, advise that phasing of development should be provided for in this respect. However, this should only be required where the size and type of development allows for phasing and where improvement works are identified. The cumulative impact of development should also be considered when determining the need for phasing.

To provide clarity in relation to consideration on water recycling centre capacity.

See Statement of Common Ground between ESC, the Environment Agency and Anglian Water (August 2019)

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Policy SCLP3.5

Policy SCLP3.5 Infrastructure Provision

The Council will work with partners including, Suffolk County Council, Parish and Town Councils, Suffolk Constabulary, Highways England, Environment Agency, Anglian Water, Essex and Suffolk Water, UK Power Networks and the Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group to ensure that the growth over the plan period is supported by necessary infrastructure in a timely manner.

Developers must consider the infrastructure requirements needed to support and service the proposed development. All development will be expected to contribute as necessary towards infrastructure provision to meet the needs generated.

Off-site infrastructure will generally be funded by the Community Infrastructure Levy. On-site infrastructure will generally be secured and funded through section 106 planning obligations.

Development will be expected to contribute to the delivery and enhancement of infrastructure which encourages active lifestyles and healthy communities, through on site provision where appropriate to the scale and nature of development and through CIL contributions. Open space should be provided on new residential development sites to contribute to the provision of open space and recreational facilities to meet identified needs, in accordance with Policy SCLP8.2.

In locations where there is inadequate capacity within local catchment schools development should contribute to the expansion or other measures to increase places available at the school. Where new primary schools are provided these should be in locations which are well located in relation to the catchments they will serve, and which maximise opportunities for walking and cycling to school. Development adjacent to existing schools should not compromise the ability of schools to expand to an appropriate size in the future.

Development will be expected to follow the principles of Holistic Water Management as set out in Policy SCLP9.7 and will not be permitted where it would have a significant effect on the capacity of existing water infrastructure and follow the principles of Holistic Water Management. Specifically, developers should provide evidence to ensure there is capacity in the water recycling centre and wastewater network in time to serve the development. Where there is no insufficient capacity in the water recycling centre, Anglian Water will review the requirements for investment and development may will need to be phased, where necessary, in order to allow time for improvement works to take place, if required. The improvements shall ensure there is no breach of environmental legislations particularly in relation to the Water Framework Directive and Habitats Regulations Directive or subsequent replacements. The agreed improvements should be in place before occupation of proposed dwellings in order to avoid a breach of environmental legislations.

Development should not be permitted where the electricity supply network cannot accommodate it. Particular regard should be had to large scale employment sites, which are regarded as particularly energy intensive development. The Council will work with UK Power Networks to ensure that development proposed in this Local Plan does not conflict with the electricity supply network.

The Council will work with the digital infrastructure industry to maximise access to super-fast broadband, wireless hotspots and improved mobile signals for all residents and businesses. All new developments must provide the most viable high-speed broadband connection. Infrastructure relating to new developments should be designed so as not to impede or obstruct connection to antennae or masts in the local vicinity. Early engagement with the relevant digital infrastructure provider should be undertaken to avoid such a scenario.

To support the provision of waste management infrastructure, where the size of the development allows for it ‘bring sites’ should be included in the design and layout of developments to encourage recycling measures and to reduce the demand on Household Waste Recycling Centres.

2nd paragraph – To recognise that some small scale development may not be required to contribute to infrastructure and ensure consistency and clarity with the NPPF.

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Policy SCLP4.2

Policy SCLP4.2: New Employment Development

The Council will support the delivery of new employment development to provide greater choice and economic opportunities in suitably located areas across the District. Other uses which are functionally related to the economic activity on the site and the local area will also be supported.

Proposals for new employment development falling within use classes B1, B2 and B8 outside of existing Employment Areas but within Settlement Boundaries will be supported where these do not have an unacceptable adverse impact on the surrounding land use, living conditions of local residents and local highway network.

Proposals for new employment development falling within use classes B1, B2 and B8 on land outside of Settlement Boundaries will be permitted where a need for additional employment development has been demonstrated or it can be demonstrated that there is no sequentially preferable land available adjacent to existing Employment Areas, within existing Employment Areas or within Settlement Boundaries and:

a)       It would not have an unacceptable adverse impact on surrounding land use; and

b)       It avoids, or adequately mitigates, any would not have an adverse impact on the character of the surrounding area and landscape, the AONB and its setting or harm the natural or historic environment.

In addition to the above, proposals for B1a office premises outside of town centres other than for small scale rural offices in accordance with Policies SCLP4.5, SCLP4.6 and SCLP4.7 on sites not allocated for employment use, should also be subject to a sequential test which demonstrates that there are no suitable and available sites within firstly town centres and then edge of centre sites to accommodate the proposal.

Second paragraph - To recognise that uses covered by the policy could have an impact on residential amenity. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and AONB Partnership (August 2019)

Final paragraph - Clarity and consistency with NPPF.

See ESC Matter 2D Statement (August 2019)

See ‘Matter 2D - Note on Policies SCLP4.2, SCLP4.3 and SCLP4.5’ (October 2019) (Document J1)

 



 

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Paragraph 4.26

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Some employment sites by their nature have a greater impact on their local environment and the economic operations anticipated to take place on a site is an important consideration in respect of expansion and intensification of premises. Applicants will be required to demonstrate that their proposals for expansion or intensification of employment premises do not have a material harm on the environment and that any adverse impacts can be successfully mitigated. In respect of B1 activities which are main town centres uses, applicants will need to demonstrate that there is no sequentially preferable land available.

For clarity and consistency with NPPF.

See ‘Matter 2D - Note on Policies SCLP4.2, SCLP4.3 and SCLP4.5’ (October 2019) (Document J1)

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Policy SCLP4.3

Policy SCLP4.3: Expansion and Intensification of Employment Sites

Proposals to expand, alter or make productivity enhancements to existing employment premises will be permitted unless:

a)       The scale of development would cause a severe impact on the highway network; or

b)      There will be an unacceptable adverse effect on a material harm to the environmental sustainability in of the area; or

c)       The proposed use is not compatible with the surrounding employment uses in terms of car parking, access, noise, odour and other amenity concerns; or

d)      There is an unacceptable adverse effect on harm to the amenity and living conditions of local residents and businesses relating to matters of noise, vibration, dust and light; and

e)      Potential adverse impacts can not be successfully mitigated.

Where expansion or intensification of existing premises falling within use classes B1, B2 and B8 cannot reasonably take place within existing Employment Areas, development will be permitted on adjacent land outside of Settlement Boundaries providing it does not have an unacceptable impact on surrounding land uses.

To better reflect wording of the NPPF. See ESC Matter 2D Statement (August 2019).

See ‘Matter 2D - Note on Policies SCLP4.2, SCLP4.3 and SCLP4.5’ (October 2019) (Document J1)

 



 

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Paragraph 4.32

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National planning policy seeks to support a prosperous rural economy through the sustainable growth and expansion of businesses in the rural areas. Agriculture is particularly important to the District’s economy and there is a need to enable the sector to erect new buildings, structures and infrastructure that it requires to grow, modernise and function efficiently.  The Local Plan acknowledges that these buildings may need to be located in countryside locations. Across the District there are a large number of farms and rural diversification schemes on isolated sites which provide employment opportunities or which through investment, could provide new economic opportunities in the form of traditional B class industries, cultural or tourism activities. Rural Estates in the District present particular opportunities related to their long term management and diverse economic functions.

To recognise the importance of agriculture to the local economy. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Langmead Group (July 2019). See ESC Matter 2D Statement (August 2019).

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Policy SCLP4.5

Policy SCLP4.5: Economic Development in Rural Areas

Proposals that grow and diversify the rural economy, particularly where this will secure employment locally, enable agricultural growth and diversification and other land based rural businesses, will be supported

Proposals will be supported where:

a)       They accord with the vision of any relevant Neighbourhood Plan in the area;

b)      The scale of the enterprises accords with the Settlement Hierarchy;

c)       The design and construction avoids, or adequately mitigates, any do not have an adverse impact on the character of the surrounding area and landscape, the AONB and its setting or harm the natural or historic environment;

d)      Small scale agricultural diversification schemes make good use of previously developed land; and

e)      The proposed use is compatible with the surrounding employment uses in terms of car parking, access, noise, odour and other amenity concerns.; and

f)        The proposal delivers additional community, cultural or tourism benefits. 

Proposals will be expected to provide additional community, cultural or tourism benefits where opportunities exist.

The delivery of new buildings, structures and infrastructure that the agricultural industry requires to grow, modernise and functions efficiently will be supported. 

To recognise the importance of agriculture to the local economy.

Criterion c) - To better reflect the NPPF – previously covered in hearing statement, text has been revised in note dated 11 October 2019.

See ‘Matter 2D - Note on Policies SCLP4.2, SCLP4.3 and SCLP4.5’ (October 2019) (Document J1)

 



 

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Policy SCLP4.6

Policy SCLP4.6: Conversion and Replacement of Rural Buildings for Employment Use

The conversion of rural buildings to employment use will be permitted where:

a)       The business use is of a scale and character that is appropriate to its location in accordance with the Settlement Hierarchy;

b)      The proposal does not have an unacceptable impact on highway safety, local roads, or the living conditions of local residents and exploits opportunities to make the location more sustainable by walking, cycling or public transport and would not have an adverse effect on highway safety and the amenity of local residents;

c)       The proposal would not conflict with neighbouring uses;

d)      The proposal is complementary to the setting of any historic or architecturally important buildings and reflects the form and character of the existing buildings; and

e)      The design and construction avoids, or adequately mitigates, any do not have an adverse impact on the character of the surrounding landscape, the AONB and its setting, or harm the natural or historic environment.

The replacement of rural buildings with employment uses will be permitted where:

f)        The proposal is of a similar size and scale to the building that is being replaced;

g)       The proposal does not have an unacceptable impact on highway safety, local roads or the living conditions of local residents and exploits opportunities to make the location more sustainable by walking, cycling or public transport and would not have an adverse effect on highway safety and the amenity of local residents;

h)      The proposal would not conflict with neighbouring uses;

i)        The proposal is complementary to the setting of any historic or architecturally important buildings and reflects the form and character of the existing buildings;

j)        The proposal would not result in a significant adverse environmental impact; and

k)       The proposal enables farm, forestry and other land-based businesses to build the buildings and infrastructure they need to function efficiently.

To provide clarity and consistency with para 109 of NPPF. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Suffolk County Council (August 2019). See ESC Matter 2D Statement (August 2019)

See ‘Matter 2D - Note on Policies SCLP4.2, SCLP4.3 and SCLP4.5’ (October 2019) (Document J1)

 



 

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Policy SCLP4.7

Policy SCLP4.7: Farm Diversification

Proposals for farm diversification schemes to support the continued viability of the farm will be supported where:

a)       Farming activities remain the predominate use on the site;

b)      The proposal is of a use and scale that relates well to the setting of the existing farm;

c)       The proposal does not compromise highway safety to the local road network or free flow of traffic and there is adequate off road parking;

d)      The proposals avoids, or adequately mitigates, any do not have an adverse impact on the character of the surrounding area and landscape, the AONB and its setting or harm the natural or historic environment;

e)      The diversification is supported by detailed information and justification that demonstrates that the proposals will contribute to the viability of the farm as a whole and its continued operation;

f)        The diversification retains or provides additional employment for the local community;

g)       The proposal supports the retention or creation of jobs associated with the farm;

h)      The conversion of existing farm buildings is undertaken sympathetically to the traditional character of the farm; and

i)        The proposal does not involve permanent residential uses.

Support will be given to farm shops which provide continued employment opportunities and sell a range of produce associated with the farm and the local area. Proposals should be of a scale which is not detrimental to the existing shopping facilities provided in nearby towns and villages.

To appropriately reference decision taking in respect of landscape.

See ‘Matter 2D - Note on Policies SCLP4.2, SCLP4.3 and SCLP4.5’ (October 2019) (Document J1)

 



 

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After Paragraph 4.62

Add new paragraph after paragraph 4.62 to read:

In primary shopping areas, the policy aims to ensure a dominant retail appearance which supports high levels of footfall.  As such the policy restricts proposals which would undermine this approach and result in concentrations of non A1 uses.  In coming to a view as to whether a proposal would result in a concentration of non A1 uses, using Table 4.1 as a baseline, the Council will have regard to the total number and proportion of different use classes along the immediate frontage and the continuity of non A1 uses.

For clarity. See ESC Matter 2D Statement (August 2019).



 

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Paragraph 5.25

Amend paragraph 5.25 to read:

A ‘close group’ of dwellings adjacent to an existing highway, is one where the dwellings are considered to be adjacent to each other, and not separated by extensive open areas. There may, for example, be garden space or other buildings between dwellings however separation by fields or open land would not constitute a close group. Criterion (c) in Policy SCLP5.4 sets out policy regarding the characteristics of the location of sites in relation to surrounding development. In considering whether a proposal would be acceptable under criterion (c), adjacent development on two sides can include circumstances where the site is separated from existing development by the highway. The adjacent development on two sides must extend along the entirety of the proposed site.

To add further clarity to the definition of ‘close group’. See ESC Matter 4 Statement (August 2019).

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Policy SCLP5.4

Policy SCLP5.4: Housing in Clusters in the Countryside

Proposals for new dwellings within ‘clusters’ in the countryside will be supported where:

a)       The proposal is for up to three dwellings within a cluster of five or more dwellings;

Or

The proposal is for up to five dwellings within a cluster of at least ten existing dwellings which is well related to a Major Centre, Town, Large Village or Small Village;

And

b)      The development consists of infilling within a continuous built up frontage, is in a clearly identifiable gap within an existing cluster, or is otherwise located adjacent to existing development on two sides;

c)       The development does not represent an extension of the built up area into the surrounding countryside beyond the existing extent of the built up area surrounding, or adjacent to, the site; and

d)      It would not cause undue harm to the character and appearance of the cluster or, result in any harmful visual intrusion into the surrounding landscape.

Where more than three dwellings are proposed under criterion b) above, applicants must be able to demonstrate that the scheme has the support of the local meaningful and effective community engagement has taken place in the development of the scheme and that the mix of dwellings proposed would meet locally identified needs.

Particular care will be exercised in sensitive locations such as within or in the setting of Conservation Areas, and the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. and special qualities and Consideration will also need to be given to the features of Landscape Character Areas in accordance with Policy SCLP10.4.

The cumulative impact of proposals will be a consideration in relation to the criteria above.

A ‘cluster’ in the context of this policy:

  • Consists of a continuous line of existing dwellings or a close group of existing dwellings adjacent to an existing highway; and
  • Contains 5 or more dwellings.

To clarify how the policy would be applied in terms of the AONB. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and AONB Partnership (August 2019). See ESC Matter 4 Statement (August 2019).

To appropriately reference community engagement. See ‘Note on SCLP5.4 Housing in Clusters in the Countryside’ (February 2020) (Document J44)

 



 

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Paragraph 5.38 and Table 5.1

Amend paragraph 5.38 and Table 5.1:

The SHMA provides conclusions on the size of property needed in each tenure for the District as a whole, and this part of the SHMA has been updated in 20182019 to reflect the disaggregation of the housing need figure calculated using the national standard methodology. Evidence shows that this varies between tenure, but that overall there is a need for all sizes of property and that across all tenures there is a need for at least 40% to be 1 or 2 bedroom properties. Consultation feedback suggests a relatively high level of demand for smaller properties, particularly those to meet the needs of first time buyers or those looking to downsize. At present, around 30% of all properties in the District are 1 or 2 bedrooms, and therefore the need for 40% of new dwellings over the Plan period should not be underestimated. To ensure that smaller properties are delivered, and in particular recognising the issues around affordability and the potential demand for properties for downsizing due to the ageing population, a particular focus on smaller properties has been identified. Policy SCLP5.8 includes a requirement for at least 40% of new dwellings to be 1 or 2 bedroom properties. It should be noted that the requirements in Table 5.1 below relate to District level need. It is acknowledged that, depending on the character of the surrounding area, some sites may present a greater opportunity to secure smaller properties and consideration will therefore be given to surrounding densities and character in this respect.

Table 5.1 District-wide housing need by size, source: Strategic Housing Market Assessment Part 2 (Update 20182019)

Number of bedrooms

Percentage of District wide need38

1

12%

2

29%

3

27% 25%

4+

33%

To reflect updated housing need figures. See ESC Matter 2A Statement (August 2019).

To reflect modifications to Policy SCLP5.8. See ‘Note on Housing Mix (Policy SCLP5.8 Housing Mix)’ (March 2020) (Document J45)

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Paragraph 5.40

Modification to paragraph 5.40:

There may be circumstances where there is Oother evidence of local housing needs which may include the Housing Register or a housing needs survey carried out by a Town or Parish Council, Neighbourhood Plan group or other organisation, however this would be and this may form a material consideration to be considered alongside the conclusions of the SHMA which sets out the need at the District level. Any alternative assessment of local need would need to be viewed in the context that new housing development is contributing to the District wide need and not just to the needs of the Town or Parish where the development is proposed.

To reflect modifications to Policy SCLP5.8. See ‘Note on Housing Mix (Policy SCLP5.8 Housing Mix)’ (March 2020) (Document J45)

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Paragraph 5.41

Modification to paragraph 5.41:

The SHMA highlights that within the Ipswich Strategic Planning Area the population of those aged over 65 is projected to increase by 57.8%46.3% between 2014 2018 and 2036. The East Suffolk Housing Strategy recognises that there are an increasing number of older people living in housing that is too large or is not suited to their mobility needs. It states that there is a need for more housing to be adapted to make it accessible and for more specialist housing for older people, including higher level support for people with severe mobility problems, chronic physical health conditions and dementia. The development of new housing provides an opportunity to design-in such considerations. Provision of smaller, more suitable, accommodation may result in more of the existing larger properties becoming available.

To reflect updated housing need figures. See ESC Matter 2A Statement (August 2019)

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After paragraph 5.41

Addition of new paragraphs after paragraph 5.41:

The Local Plan seeks to address the housing needs of older people in a number of ways. Whilst the unrestricted existing housing stock, in practice, forms part of the supply of future housing for older people the Plan recognises that due to the increasingly ageing population there is a need to ensure that new development provides for housing that will more specifically meet the needs for accommodation for older people. By 2036 it is projected that there will be 40,916 older person households (gross) in the Suffolk Coastal area. The types of accommodation needed for older person households, derived from the Long Term Balancing Housing Markets model and Strategic Housing for Older People tool as referenced in the SHMA, are set out in Table 5.2 below. It is evident that the majority of older people will require general housing.   

Table 5.2: Type of accommodation required for older person only households in Suffolk Coastal in 2036 (gross)

 

Size of home

Market

Affordable

General housing

Sheltered housing

Enhanced sheltered/ Extra care housing

General housing

Sheltered housing

Enhanced sheltered/ Extra care housing

1 bedroom

3,163

1,269

253

1,953

749

216

2 bedrooms

8,177

224

17

2,453

65

4

3 bedrooms

15,690

-

-

501

-

-

4+ bedrooms

3,817

-

-

0

-

-

 

Total in households

30,847

1,493

270

4,907

814

220

Residential care

1,618

747

In reflection of the extent of need for older persons accommodation, Policy SCLP5.8 references that housing development over the plan period will contribute to the significant need for accommodation for older people and that all housing development of ten or more dwellings should demonstrate how it will contribute to meeting the needs of older people. It is acknowledged that on smaller sites (below 50 dwellings) the provision of specialist accommodation (sheltered and extra care) is less likely to be feasible and the Council would therefore expect that the needs for older persons housing to be addressed through provision of M4(2) and M4(3) housing and other forms of housing as set out in paragraph 5.44, as part of the housing mix. On larger sites (of 50 or more dwellings) the Council would expect that, in meeting this policy requirement, consideration is given to needs for specialist housing and that this is addressed where feasible.

Reflecting the opportunities provided by sites to deliver on the wider objectives set out in paragraph 5.45, a number of site allocations within the Local Plan contain a policy criteria specifying that the mix of housing provided should include housing to meet the needs of older people. It is expected that development coming forward on these allocations would, as an integral part of the development, include housing such as the types set out in paragraph 5.44 below and on larger allocations would consider and address needs for specialist accommodation where feasible as part of meeting this requirement.

The allocations which contain a specific requirement to include housing to meet the needs of older people are:

SCLP12.3 North Felixstowe Garden Neighbourhood

SCLP12.4 Land North of Conway Close and Swallow Close, Felixstowe (includes a specific reference to bungalows)

SCLP12.5 Land at Brackenbury Sports Centre

SCLP12.25 Suffolk Police HQ, Portal Avenue, Martlesham

SCLP12.29 South Saxmundham Garden Neighbourhood

SCLP12.33 Land at Woodbridge Town Football Club

SCLP12.43 Land South of Forge Close between Main Road and Ayden, Benhall

SCLP12.46 Land behind 15 St Peters Close, Charsfield (includes a specific reference to bungalows)

SCLP12.49: Land off Laxfield Road, Dennington

SCLP12.50: Land to the South of Eyke CoE Primary School and East of the Street, Eyke

SCLP12.51: Land to the West of Chapel Road, Grundisburgh

SCLP12.57: Land North of Mill Close, Orford (includes specific reference to bungalows)

SCLP12.58: Land adjacent to Swiss Farm, Otley

SCLP12.60: Land between High Street and Chapel Lane, Pettistree

SCLP12.65: Land adjacent to Reeve Lodge, High Road, Trimley St Martin

SCLP12.68 Land West of B1125, Westleton

To include detail on housing needs of older people and to clarify the approach of the Plan. See ‘Note on Housing for Older People (Policies SCLP5.8, SCLP5.10 and SCLP5.11)’ (March 2020) (Document J47)

*(Policy numbers have been updated to reflect other modifications)

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Paragraph 5.42

Modifications to Paragraph 5.42 and insertion of new paragraph after paragraph 5.42:

The SHMA includes an assessment of the needs for specialist accommodation for older people (sheltered housing, enhanced sheltered housing and extra care housing) and identifies a need for a total of 1,287 units by 2036. The SHMA also identifies a need for a further 1,118 spaces in Registered Care (nursing and residential care homes) over the plan period. These needs are set out in Table 5.3 below, and have been further disaggregated between market and affordable needs.

Table 5.3: Net need for specialist accommodation in Suffolk Coastal (2016 – 2036)*

 

Market

Affordable

Residential care

Sheltered housing

Enhanced sheltered/ Extra care housing

Residential care

Sheltered housing

Enhanced sheltered/ Extra care housing

Number of units

694

891

247

424

95

53

However tTraditional forms of provision may not always match modern demands and although the specialist housing market sector addresses a wide variety of needs it is considered that some of this need will be met through the provision of non-specialist housing, and therefore it is important that the mix of housing helps to address these needs. Provision for sheltered and extra care housing and registered care will be secured through larger residential allocations where feasible, as part of a mix of housing types.

It is expected that the two Garden Neighbourhoods, which form a central part of the strategy of the Local Plan, will deliver an element of specialist housing through reference in the policies to the provision of housing to meet the needs of vulnerable people. Land is also allocated under Policy SCLP12.27 Land rear of Rose Hill, Aldeburgh for the development of a care home alongside residential dwellings. Policy SCLP5.8 supports the provision of sheltered and extra care housing where this incorporates a mix of tenures to meet an identified need. Policy SCLP5.11 Affordable Housing on Exception Sites also provides opportunities for the delivery of affordable specialist accommodation on sites outside of but adjacent or well related to Settlement Boundaries.

* Note that figures may not sum due to rounding

To include detail on housing needs of older people and to clarify the approach of the Plan. See ‘Note on Housing for Older People (Policies SCLP5.8, SCLP5.10 and SCLP5.11)’ (March 2020) (Document J47)

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Paragraph 5.43

Modifications to paragraph 5.43:

In 2015, the Government introduced two new ‘optional’ Building Regulations standards relating to accessible dwellings, which set standards in relation to accessible and adaptable dwellings (Part M4(2)) and wheelchair accessible dwellings (Part M4(3)) which are over and above the minimum requirements39. Local authorities can apply these optional standards by incorporating a requirement within their planning policies. The SHMA identifies that there will be an increase of 3,120 people over 65 in Suffolk Coastal with a limiting long term illness by 2030. Considered alongside the number of adaptations made annually to the existing stock40 and the scale of projected growth in population aged over 65, it is considered that there is a clear need for a significant proportion of new dwelling stock to be built to higher accessible and adaptable standards. Such dwellings are not only beneficial to older people but may also help to meet the needs of other groups for example families with young children. Alongside expecting developments of 10 or more non-specialist dwellings to demonstrate how needs for older people are met, tThe policy therefore requires at least 50% of dwellings in developments of 10 non-specialist dwellings or more to meet the requirements of Part M4(2). This includes developments incorporating specialist and non-specialist dwellings where 10 or more non-specialist dwellings are proposed. In recognition of the types of needs being met by specialist accommodation, the policy expects that all specialist accommodation would meet the requirements for M4(2) dwellings. Whilst the Council will support the development of dwellings built to the wheelchair accessible standard, a requirement for these will not be set as the needs for them will be specific to individual circumstances. This approach also supports the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Suffolk which identifies the provision of greater choice and innovation in housing for those with disabilities as one of its priorities, and the East Suffolk Housing Strategy which identifies a need for more accessible accommodation.

To set out approach to accessible dwellings in relation to specialist and non-specialist dwellings. See ‘Note on Accessible Housing (Policy SCLP5.8 Housing Mix)’ (March 2020) (Document J46)

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Paragraph 5.44

Modification to paragraph 5.44:

In addition to specialist accommodation, Tthere is a range of types of housing that may be particularly well suited to the older population, but and which may also help to improve choice in the housing stock across the District more generally. The Council will support innovative schemes which seek to create integrated communities and will expect developers to consider whether such types of housing would be feasible depending on the site size and location. Examples of housing types and design which may contribute to providing a mix of housing choices for older people could include those set out below, however it is not the intention that these would routinely be limited to occupation by older people and they may also suit the needs of others. Types of housing which could be suitable for older people include:

  • Almshouses – housing provided by charities at a low rent, usually for older people;
  • Cohousing – community led schemes whereby residents share some spaces / facilities;
  • Bungalows/level access homes, including dormer bungalows provided there is adequate living accommodation (i.e. bedroom(s) and bathroom(s)) on the ground floor;
  • Smaller properties, but which have larger than standard living and storage space;
  • Provision of shared or smaller garden/outdoor spaces.

For clarity. See ‘Note on Housing for Older People (Policies SCLP5.8, SCLP5.10 and SCLP5.11)’ (March 2020) (Document J47)

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Paragraph 5.46

Modification to paragraph 5.46:

To achieve a greater mix of housing types, the starting point will be that all developments of 5 or more residential units will be expected to provide a mix of house types and sizes. The Council will expect applicants to relate needs to the SHMA and/or to an assessment of local need where the methodology and scope for this is agreed with the Council.

For consistency with modifications to Policy SCLP5.8. See ‘Note on Housing Mix (Policy SCLP5.8 Housing Mix)’ (March 2020) (Document J45)

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Policy SCLP5.8

Policy SCLP5.8: Housing Mix

Proposals for new housing development will be expected to deliver the housing needed for different groups in the community as identified in the Strategic Housing Market Assessment, or latest equivalent assessment.

New development should provide a mix of housing tenures, types and sizes appropriate to the site size, characteristics and location, reflecting where feasible the identified need, particularly focusing on smaller dwellings (1 and 2 bedrooms).

Proposals for new housing development will be expected to reflect the mix and type of housing needs identified in the Strategic Housing Market Assessment or other evidence of local needs as supported by the Council.

Proposals for 5 or more units should provide for a mix of sizes and types based upon table 5.1, and should provide for at least 40% to be 1 or 2 bed properties.

To contribute towards meeting the significant needs for housing for older people, proposals for ten or more dwellings should demonstrate how the development will contribute to meeting the needs of older people.

On proposals of 10 units or more non-specialist dwellings at least 50% of the dwellings will need to meet the requirements for accessible and adaptable dwellings under Part M4(2) of the Building Regulations, and will be required to demonstrate how the proposal contributes to increasing the choice and mix of housing available for the older population. All specialist dwellings will be expected to meet the requirements for accessible and adaptable dwellings under Part M4(2) of the Building Regulations. Only in exceptional circumstances would a lower percentage of M4(2) dwellings be permitted. In such circumstances applicants would need to demonstrate that provision is either unfeasible or unviable and that the development incorporates alternative measures to enhance accessibility and adaptability where possible.

Sheltered and extra-care housing will be supported where the scheme incorporates a mix of tenures and sizes to meet an identified need.

Neighbourhood Plans may set out an approach to housing type and mix specific to the local area where this is supported by evidence.

First and second paragraph - See ‘Note on Housing Mix (Policy SCLP5.8 Housing Mix)’ (March 2020) (Document J45)

Third paragraph – See ‘Note on Housing for Older People (Policies SCLP5.8, SCLP5.10 and SCLP5.11)’ (March 2020) (Document J47)

Fourth paragraph – See ‘J46 - Note on Accessible Housing (Policy SCLP5.8 Housing Mix)’ (March 2020) (Document J46)

 



 

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Paragraph 5.60

Amend paragraph 5.60 to read:

The Strategic Housing Market Assessment update carried out in 20182019 identifies that of the total housing need across the District 10.4%10.2% should be for social rent / affordable rent, 6.3%7.0% should be for shared ownership and 4.1%4.6% should be for Starter Homes / discounted home ownership. In recognition that market schemes below 10 dwellings will not need to provide affordable housing, it is appropriate that the proportion required on sites of ten or more dwellings makes a greater contribution to the overall District wide need. The National Planning Policy Framework requirement for 10% of homes on major development to be for affordable home ownership will be considered alongside the conclusions of the Strategic Housing Market Assessment and other evidence of local need on a case by case basis.

For consistency in relation to use of 2014-based household projections in calculating housing need. See ESC Matter 2A Statement (August 2019).

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Paragraph 5.61

Amend paragraph 5.61 to read:

The Strategic Housing Market Assessment, included some analysis of Starter Homes and discounted market housing to identify their potential role in meeting housing needs. The Strategic Housing Market Assessment concluded that these tenures would most likely be suitable for those who currently reside in the private rental sector and concluded that there would be an indicative demand for 642390 dwellings in these tenures. The provision of Starter Homes and discounted home ownership should not therefore be made at the expense of shared ownership and social / affordable rent. Further, as Starter Homes are not required to remain as such in perpetuity, policy needs to consider the longer term appropriateness of market housing in locations where Starter Homes are supported.

For consistency in relation to use of 2014-based household projections in calculating housing need. See ESC Matter 2A Statement (August 2019).

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Paragraph 5.62

Modifications to Paragraph 5.62:

In exceptional circumstances where proposals are not able to meet the requirements for affordable housing for viability reasons, and to ensure that development can still come forward and overall housing delivery is not compromised, the Council may agree to alter the requirements subject to this being demonstrated through a comprehensive viability assessment, to the Council’s satisfaction. Before reducing the overall provision of affordable housing, the tenure and type of affordable housing should be first adjusted to secure viability. In line with the National Planning Policy Framework, viability assessments will be made publicly available. Guidance on viability assessments is contained in Appendix G. The Council’s Whole Plan Viability Study (January 2019) identified a series of site and development typologies that are common across the District. The Study shows that solely flatted developments on brownfield sites may not be viable when meeting the policy requirement for affordable housing.  Schemes which propose a mix of unit type, will be assessed as a whole to determine the level of affordable housing to be provided.   Where at the planning application stage provision of affordable housing in accordance with Policy SCLP5.10 is considered by an applicant to not be viable the Council would require demonstration of this through a viability assessment following the guidance contained in Appendix G. In determining whether a site has capacity for more than ten units, consideration will be given to the potential developable area of a site and an appropriate density for development that accords with Policy SCLP11.1 Design Quality. The National Planning Policy Framework states that where vacant buildings are being re-used or redeveloped an affordable housing contribution should be reduced by a proportionate amount.

To refer to viability matters in relation to brownfield flatted development.

See ‘Matter 4 – Note on Policy SCLP5.10 Affordable Housing on Residential Developments’ (September 2019) (Document J14)

See ‘Note on SCLP5.10 Affordable Housing on Residential Developments’ (February 2020) (Document J33)

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Policy SCLP5.10

Policy SCLP5.10: Affordable Housing on Residential Developments

Proposals for residential development with capacity for ten units or more or sites of 0.5ha or more will be expected to make provision for 1 in 3 units to be affordable dwellings, and to be made available to meet an identified local need, including needs for affordable housing for older people.

Proposals which provide a higher amount of affordable housing than that set out above will also be permitted.

Of these affordable dwellings, 50% should be for affordable rent / social rent, 25% should be for shared ownership and 25% should be for discounted home ownership.

Provision is expected to be made on-site, unless it can be demonstrated in exceptional circumstances that it is not feasible or practical to provide the units on site in which case it may be agreed that a commuted sum could be paid towards provision of affordable housing outside of the site.

In exceptional circumstances, where the Council is satisfied that the provision of affordable housing is not viable, as demonstrated through a viability assessment the Council may agree to vary the requirement for affordable housing. The requirement for affordable housing does not apply to developments which are solely brownfield flatted schemes.  In schemes with a mix of housing types the affordable housing provision will be assessed as a whole.

Neighbourhood Plans may set requirements for a greater proportion of affordable housing where this is supported by evidence of need and viability assessment.

First paragraph –

To address needs for affordable housing for older people. See ‘Note on Housing for Older People (Policies SCLP5.8, SCLP5.10 and SCLP5.11)’ (March 2020) (Document J46)

Fifth paragraph - to reflect viability matters in relation to brownfield flatted development.

See ‘Note on SCLP5.10 Affordable Housing on Residential Developments’ (February 2020) (Document J33)

 



 

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Policy SCLP5.11

Policy SCLP5.11: Affordable Housing on Exception Sites

Proposals for the development of affordable housing in the countryside will be permitted where:

a)       It is demonstrated there is an identified local need for affordable housing and this cannot be met through existing housing allocations in the Local Plan or relevant Neighbourhood Plan, or through development within the Settlement Boundary;

b)      The scheme is adjacent or well related to an identified Settlement Boundary or a cluster of houses in the countryside (as defined in Policy SCLP5.4);

c)       The scheme incorporates a range of dwelling sizes, types and tenures appropriate to the identified local need, including needs for affordable housing for older people; and

d)      The location, scale and design standard of a scheme will retain or enhance the character and setting of the settlement or cluster and not lead to settlement coalescence.

A limited amount of market housing will be permitted as part of affordable housing development in the countryside where it is required to cross-subsidise the affordable housing. Where market housing is to be provided on site this will be subsidiary to the affordable housing element of the proposal and the amount of market housing required will need to be demonstrated through a viability assessment. The amount of market housing on the site should be no more than one third of the dwellings on the site.

Where Starter Homes are proposed, these should form part of a mix of tenures on the site.

Where sites for affordable housing in the countryside are brought forward with an element of market housing, both housing tenures should be built to the same design standards and contribute towards the character of the area.

To address needs for affordable housing for older people. See ‘Note on Housing for Older People (Policies SCLP5.8, SCLP5.10 and SCLP5.11)’ (March 2020) (Document J46)

 



 

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Policy SCLP5.12

Policy SCLP5.12: Houses in Multiple Occupation

Proposals for Houses in Multiple Occupation will be supported within Settlement Boundaries where:

a)       There is no adverse impact on the character of the dwelling or the surrounding area;

b)      Provision can be made for sufficient parking ­and where the dwelling is, or can be made to be, accessible to public transport services and main employment and service centres on foot and by cycle; and, or the dwelling is served by good public transport or walking/cycling links which connect the dwelling to main employment and service centres; and

c)       Any extensions necessary are in accordance with the Council’s design policies.

To clarify the relationship between levels of parking and access to sustainable modes of travel. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Suffolk County Council (August 2019). See ESC Matter 4 Statement (August 2019).

 



 

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Paragraph 5.73

Modifications to Paragraph 5.73:

In order to ensure that annexes remain as such and are not sold, let or used as independent dwellings, occupation will be limited by way of a condition or planning obligation in accordance with national policy for planning conditions and planning obligations. The use of such conditions will ensure that annexes are not used as dwellings in locations, or under circumstances, where a new dwelling would not usually be permitted. In particular, the creation of an annex should not lead to the creation of a new home in the countryside that would not be permitted under Policy SCLP5.3. Particular care will be taken in respect of residential annexes to ensure that, through design and/or planning conditions, annexes are not able to be separated from the main building in order to create a separate dwelling. Where an annex is proposed as an extension, its later incorporation into the host dwelling should not lead to the creation of two dwellings.

For consistency with the NPPF.

See ‘Matter 4 – Note on Policy SCLP5.13 Residential Annexes’ (September 2019) (Document J14)

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Policy SCLP5.13

Policy SCLP5.13: Residential Annexes

An annex to an existing dwelling will be supported where:

a)       The annex is smaller in scale and clearly ancillary to the host dwelling;

b)      The proposal does not involve the physical separation of the residential curtilage;

c)       No separate access is required;

d)      The annex is either an extension or is well related to the host dwelling;

e)      In the case of a new build annex, it is not feasible to create the annex through an extension or the conversion of an outbuilding;

f)        There is sufficient off-road parking; and

g)       There is no significant adverse effect on the landscape or visual amenity.

Conditions or planning obligations will be applied to limit occupation to use as an annex and to prevent future use as a separate dwelling in accordance with national policy for planning conditions and obligations. and wWhere an annex is proposed as an extension, it should be designed in a way which will enable it to be incorporated into the host dwelling when no longer required.

For consistency with the NPPF. See ‘Matter 4 – Note on Policy SCLP5.13 Residential Annexes’ (September 2019) (Document J14)

 



 

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Paragraph 5.81

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In addition to planning permission, some works may also require consent from the Marine Management Organisation and/or, the Crown Estate, or Natural England. The advice of the Environment Agency in relation to potential risk from flooding, and the advice of Natural England in relation to the Habitat Regulations will be considered. Works in, under, over or within 8 metres from a fluvial main river and from any flood defence structure or culvert may also require an environmental "Flood Risk Activity" permit from the Environment Agency.

To clarify the roles of organisations. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Natural England (August 2019).  See ESC Matter 4 Statement (August 2019).

 



 

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The Gypsy, Traveller, Travelling Showpeople and Boat Dwellers Accommodation Needs Assessment for Babergh, Ipswich, Mid Suffolk, Suffolk Coastal and Waveney (2017) identifies Suffolk Coastal as ‘unique’ in the eastern region in that it has a relatively stable population of New Age Travellers and concludes that there is a need for 15 permanent Gypsy and Traveller pitches42 over the period 2016 – 2036. The Accommodation Needs Assessment also concludes that there is a need for 2 to 3 short stay stopping sites across the study area. This need relates largely to the unauthorised nature of sites on which the existing population of New Travellers reside. The need over the period 2016 – 2036 is set out below.

Table 5.4: Needs for permanent pitches

 

Existing provision (2016)

Additional need 2016 - 2021

Additional need 2021 - 2026

Additional need 2026 - 2031

Additional need 2031 - 2036

Total additional need 2016 - 2036

Permanent pitches

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12

1

1

1

15

42 Area on a site developed for a family unit to live

The Accommodation Needs Assessment identified that the need for 10 of the 15 pitches relates to existing developments being unauthorised. National Planning policy for Traveller Sites sets out the Government’s aim to reduce the number of unauthorised developments. In this respect, the Council will engage with the relevant landowners and occupants with a view to establishing a way in which appropriate use of the site can be regularised. On this basis it is identified that over the Plan period there is a need for a further 5 new pitches.

To provide further clarity over requirements. See ESC Matter 2B Statement (August 2019).

New paragraph – To clarify the approach of the Council in relation to unauthorised sites. See ‘Matter 2B – Note on Provision for Gypsies and Travellers’ (September 2019) (Document I9)

To clarify the need for new pitches. See ‘Note on proposed modifications to SCLP5.17 Gypsies and Travellers’

(February 2020) (Document J34)

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After paragraph 5.90

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The Accommodation Needs Assessment also concludes that there is a need for 2 to 3 short stay stopping sites across the study area. The Council is working with other authorities across Suffolk to deliver the need for short stay stopping sites, as set out in the East Suffolk Private Sector Housing Strategy (2019 – 2023).

To clarify the current position in relation to short stay stopping sites. See ESC Matter 2B Statement (August 2019)

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Paragraph 5.91

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The District also has one, long-established Travelling Showpersons site. The Accommodation Needs Assessment identifies a need for 4 2 plots for Travelling Showpeople in Suffolk Coastal over the period 2016 - 2036. The need over the period 2016 – 2036 is set out below.

Table 5.5 Needs for plots for Travelling Showpeople

 

Existing provision (2016)

Additional need 2016 - 2021

Additional need 2021 - 2026

Additional need 2026 - 2031

Additional need 2031 – 2036

Total additional need 2016 – 2036

Travelling Showpeople plots

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To provide further clarity over requirements. See ESC Matter 2B Statement (August 2019).

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Policy SCLP5.17

Policy SCLP5.17: Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople

The Council will support the provision of permanent sites for Gypsies and Travellers and Travelling Showpeople, to meet the needs identified through the 2017 Accommodation Needs Assessment as set out below:

       a)    Provision of 5 new pitches to meet the needs for permanent accommodation for

               Gypsies and Travellers;

       b)    Provision of 2 plots to meet the needs for Travelling Showpeople.

The Council will work with other Councils across Suffolk to deliver identified needs for short stay stopping sites, including the delivery of one short stay stopping site within East Suffolk.

Sites for Gypsies and Travellers and Travelling Showpeople will be permitted where:

a) c) The proposed occupants meet the definition of ‘Gypsies and Travellers’ or ‘Travelling showpeople’ as set out in ‘Planning Policy for Traveller Sites’ (2015) (or subsequent revisions);

b) d) The site is within, adjacent to or well related to a Major Centre, Town, Large Village or Small Village. Where the requirement for a site is linked to the education or health needs of the occupants the site must be well related to locations where these services are provided;

c) e) The site is capable of being provided with mains water and adequate sewage/waste disposal provision (including the storage of waste prior to disposal);

d) f) The site is acceptable in terms of highway safety;

e) g) The site is designed so as to minimise visual impact on the surrounding area and landscape character, and does not dominate the nearest settled community;

f) h) The site is not located in flood zone 2 or flood zone 3;

g) i) Any industrial, retail, commercial, or commercial storage activities to take place on the site must be ancillary to the primary use of the site for residential purposes and must not harm the amenity of occupants of the site or surrounding areas;

h) j) The scale and range of uses proposed within the site are acceptable in terms of their impact on any existing neighbouring uses; and

i) k) Where it is intended that a site should be self managed by the occupants, the capacity of the site should not normally exceed 8 pitches.

The Council will work with relevant parties with the aim of reducing the number of unauthorised permanent pitches. Where proposals would contribute towards reducing the number of unauthorised pitches, this will be a factor in decision taking.

Where the proposal is for a Travelling Showpersons site (or extension to an existing site) sufficient space for storage of vehicles and equipment will be provided.

Neighbourhood Plans may allocate sites for Gypsy and Traveller use.

To provide further clarity over requirements. See ESC Matter 2B Statement (August 2019).

New paragraph after Criterion i) – To set out the approach of the Council in relation to unauthorised sites. See ‘Matter 2B – Note on Provision for Gypsies and Travellers’ (September 2019) (Document I9)

To clarify the need for new pitches. See ‘Note on proposed modifications to SCLP5.17 Gypsies and Travellers’

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Paragraph 6.2

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Sustainable growth in tourism can promote a better understanding and appreciation of the natural and, built and historic environment, which in turn will help to maintain these finite resources for future generations.

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Policy SCLP6.2

Policy SCLP6.2: Tourism Destinations

The Council will support proposals for tourism development that contribute to the broad appeal, accessibility and year round nature of destinations across the district.

Tourism proposals should be of the highest standard of design and seek to protect and enhance the special character and interest of the destinations and the distinctiveness of the area with particular regard to sensitive landscapes and heritage assets.

Where necessary, applications for new destinations or the redevelopment or extension/intensification of destinations will need to be subject to screening under the Habitats Regulations Assessment. Any destinations which would result in significant adverse effects on European sites which could not be appropriately mitigated will not be permitted. A Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment will also be required where the destination is in an area of landscape sensitivity in accordance with the Landscape policies.

To clarify the requirements under the Habitats Regulations. See ESC Matter 4 Statement (August 2019).

 



 

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Paragraph 6.20

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Tourism can take many forms but within the AONB, the Local Plan will seek small scale only support developments and proposals which are of a higher standard of design, and proposals that reduce the impacts on the environment, by making reuse where appropriate, reusing of existing buildings to ensue that and which satisfy the primary purpose of designation, that is to conserve and enhance the special qualities of the AONB area are retained. Opportunities for innovative contemporary design are welcomed in appropriate locations within the AONB. The success of the tourism industry and the conservation of the AONB are not mutually exclusive. In this regard a supportive tourism strategy must acknowledge the importance of the scenic beauty and special landscape qualities of the AONB and the benefits associated with collaboration and communication between tourism businesses, visitors, local communities, and the AONB Partnership.

To appropriate reflect policy for the AONB. See ‘Matter 4 – Note on Policy SCLP6.3 Tourism Development within AONB and Heritage Coast’ (November 2019) (Document J24)

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Policy SCLP6.3: Tourism Development within the AONB and Heritage Coast

Applicants are encouraged to engage with local communities and the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB Management Unit in evolving development proposals, with the aim of delivering development that takes an active role in the management of the local area.

Tourism development in the AONB, or its setting and Heritage Coast will be supported where it:

a)       Enhances the long term sustainability of the area;

b)      Is of a scale and extent that does not have a significant adverse impact on the primary purpose of the AONB designationan appropriate scale for its surroundings (10 pitches/units or fewer in relation to proposals for tourist accommodation);

c)       Is well related to existing settlements and / or supporting facilities;

d)      Avoids, prevents or mitigates for adverse impacts on the natural environment;

e)      Supports the conservation and enhancement of the natural beauty and special qualities of the AONB and its setting;

f)        Is of the highest design standards and where appropriate reuses existing buildings;

g)       Promotes innovative, contemporary design in appropriate locations;

h)      Minimises light pollution from artificial light sources and ensures the retention of dark skies;

i)        Avoids locations sensitive to the exposed nature of the AONB and Heritage Coast; and

j)        Demonstrates sustainable aspects of the development during construction and throughout the life of the development. Renewable energy provision is strongly encouraged.

To reflect policy for the AONB. See

‘Matter 4 – Note on Policy SCLP6.3 Tourism Development within AONB and Heritage Coast’ (November 2019) (Document J24)

 



 

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Policy SCLP6.4

Policy SCLP6.4: Tourism Development outside of the AONB

Tourism development outside of the AONB will be supported where it:

a)       Enhances the long term sustainability of the area;

b)      Is well related to existing settlements;

c)       Avoids, prevents or minimises mitigates adverse impacts on the natural environment and on local landscape character;

d)      Is of a scale that reflects the surrounding area;

e)      Is of the highest design standards;

f)        Minimises light pollution from artificial light sources and ensures the retention of dark skies; and

g)       Demonstrates sustainable aspects of the development during construction and throughout the life of the development. Renewable energy provision is strongly encouraged.

To reflect the potential for uses to have an impact on landscape character. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and AONB Partnership (August 2019).  See ESC Matter 4 Statement (August 2019).

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Paragraph 6.33

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The Local Plan seeks to provide a diverse range of accommodation across the District to cater for the tourist demand. Tourist accommodation particularly that which is permanent buildings can sometimes come under pressure to be occupied for full time residential use. New tourism accommodation will be should therefore be restricted by planning conditions and/or legal agreements to ensure that these uses can provide all year-round occupation for tourists and are not occupied by a person or persons as their main residence so that it is retained for the benefit of the tourism economy and not lost to residential useRestricting Planning conditions will limit the occupation of new self-catering tourist accommodation units to a continuous period of 56 days by one person or persons within one calendar year retains these units for the benefit of the tourism economy by providing a range of available accommodation for those wishing to visit the district.  The owners/operators of the accommodation will be required to maintain an up-to-date Register of all lettings, which shall include the names and addresses of all those persons occupying the units during each individual letting. The Register will be required to be made available at all reasonable times to the Local Planning Authority.

To provide greater clarity on occupancy restrictions.

See ‘Matter 4 – Note on Policy SCLP6.5 New Tourist Accommodation’ (November 2019) (Document J25)

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Policy SCLP6.5: New Tourist Accommodation

Proposals for new tourist accommodation will be acceptable where:

a)       The demand or need for tourist accommodation is clearly demonstrated;

b)      They are of a high standard of design;

c)       They are of a scale appropriate to the nature of the site and its setting;

d)      They do not have a material adverse impact on the AONB or its setting, Heritage Coast or estuaries;

e)      Covered cycle storage, proportionate to the size of the site is provided on site;

f)        The road network is able to accommodate the volume of traffic generated without having a significant adverse impact on the free flow of traffic and highway safety;

g)       Ancillary facilities to support the tourist uses are provided on the site where required; and

h)      Flood adaptation and mitigation measures are included where required.

Tourist accommodation comprising permanent buildings will only be permitted:

  • wWithin the Settlement Boundaries;
  • tThrough the conversion of buildings of permanent structure where they lie outside the Settlement Boundary;
  • oOn medium and large scale sites where commercial, recreational or entertainment facilities are provided on site,; or
  • wWhere such development forms part of a comprehensive landscape creation master plan which supports wider landscape and ecological gain.

New tourist accommodation will be restricted by means of planning conditions or obligations in accordance with national policy for planning conditions and obligations which permits holiday use only, restricted to a continuous period of 56 days by one person or persons within one calendar year, restricts the period the accommodation can be occupied plus requires a register of all lettings, to be made available at all times.

Penultimate paragraph - To provide greater clarity in respect of permanent tourism accommodation.

Last paragraph - To provide clarity in respect of the restriction on occupancy for tourist accommodation.

See ESC Matter 4 Statement (August 2019).

See ‘Matter 4 – Note on Policy SCLP6.5 New Tourist Accommodation’ (November 2019) (Document J25)

 

 



 

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Paragraph 7.8

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Travel planning can offer good practice for meeting the requirements set out in this policy for maximising sustainable transport even on sites that do meet the thresholds for a full travel plan.

To reflect approach to delivery of transport mitigation measures in the ISPA. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Suffolk County Council (August 2019). See ESC Matter 4 Statement (August 2019).

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Policy SCLP7.1: Sustainable Transport

Development proposals should be designed from the outset to incorporate measures that will encourage people to travel using non-car modes to access home, school, employment, services and facilities.

Development will be supported where:

a) Any significant impacts on the highways network are mitigated;

a) b) It is proportionate in scale to the existing transport network;

c)  All available opportunities to enable and support travel on foot, by cycle or public transport have been considered and taken;

b) d) It is located close to, and provides safe pedestrian and cycle access to services and facilities;

c) e) It is well integrated into and enhances the existing cycle network including the safe design and layout of new cycle routes and provision of covered, secure cycle parking;

d) f) It is well integrated into, protects and enhances the existing pedestrian routes and the public rights of way network;

e) g) It reduces conflict between users of the transport network including pedestrians, cyclists, users of mobility vehicles and drivers and does not reduce road safety; and

f) It will improve public transport in the rural areas of the District; and

g) h) The cumulative impact of new development will not create severe impacts on the existing transport network.

Development will be expected to contribute to the delivery of local sustainable transport strategies for managing the cumulative impacts of growth.

Opportunities to improve provision of or access to public transport, in rural and urban areas will be supported.

Proposals for new development that would have significant transport implications should be accompanied by a Travel Plan. A Travel Plan will be required for proposals for:

h) i) New large scale employment sites;

i) j) Residential development of 80 or more dwellings; and

j) k) A development that when considered cumulatively with other developments, is likely to have a severe impact on the local community or local road network.

In consultation with the Highway Authority, the scale, location and nature of development will be considered in determining how the transport impacts of development should be assessed. As indicative thresholds a Transport Statement will be required for development of 50 -80 dwellings and a Transport Assessment and Travel Plan will be required for developments of over 80 dwellings. Non residential development will be considered on a case by case basis dependent on the volume of movements anticipated with the use proposed.

To reflect approach to delivery of transport mitigation measures in the ISPA. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Suffolk County Council (August 2019). See ESC Matter 4 Statement (August 2019).

Criterion a) & fourth paragraph – for consistency with NPPF. See ‘Matter 4 – Note on Policy SCLP7.1 Sustainable Transport’ (October 2019) (Document J16)

 

 



 

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Paragraph 7.13

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The level of charging supplied should be commensurate with reflect the standards set out for electric vehicle charging in the 2015 Suffolk Guidance for Parking (or subsequent revisions) number of vehicle parking spaces included in the development. However, higher levels of charging power will be supported, if considered appropriate and desirable. Technological advances throughout the lifetime of the plan may require a flexible approach to be taken when considering low-emission vehicles and charging points in developments.

For consistency with the NPPF. See ‘Matter 4 – Note on Policy SCLP7.2 Parking Proposals and Standards’ (October 2019) (Document J17)

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Paragraph 7.16

Modifications to paragraph 7.16:

As local highways authority, Suffolk County Council published ‘Suffolk Guidance for Parking’ in 2015 and subsequently reviewed this in 2019. The document provides details in respect of vehicle parking standards to be implemented across the county subject to local considerations. Residential standards in the County Council document are presented as minimums and the Local Plan will seek to ensure appropriate parking does not proliferate the parking issues faced by many communities. The visual impact of parking will be considered against relevant policies of this Local Plan including SCLP10.4 and SCLP11.1. The parking standards contained in the Suffolk Guidance for Parking, and any subsequent revisions, should be considered as the principle starting point for development proposals involving parking. Development proposals involving parking that are unable to apply the guidance should provide evidence justifying why the guidance is not applicable to the proposal.

To reflect the updating of the Suffolk Guidance for Parking.

See ‘Matter 4 – Note on Policy SCLP7.2 Parking Proposals and Standards’ (October 2019) (Document J17)

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Policy SCLP7.2: Parking Proposals and Standards

The Council will work with partners to ensure that vehicle parking provision is protected and managed to support the economy and sustainable communities. The level of parking provision required will depend on the location, type and intensity of use. Proposals that minimise congestion, encourage sustainable transport modes and reduce conflict between road users across the District will be supported.

Proposals involving vehicle parking will be supported where they take opportunities to make efficient use of land and they include:

a)       The provision of safe, secure, and convenient off-street parking of an appropriate size and quantity including addressing the need for parking or secure storage for cars, cycles and motorcycles, and where relevant, coaches and lorries;

b)      Opportunities to reduce the recognised problem of anti-social parking or potential problems that may arise which impacts the quality of life or vitality of an area for residents and visitors;

c)       Appropriate provision for vehicle charging points and ancillary infrastructure associated with the increased use of low emission vehicles; and

d)      The incorporation of sustainable drainage systems (SuDS), permeable surfacing materials and means of protecting water quality in drainage schemes should be ensured.

Where proposals involve public transport improvements or re-developments, the Council will encourage the provision of Park & Ride facilities, if appropriate.

Proposals will be expected to meet have regard to the parking standards contained in the 2015 Suffolk Guidance for Parking (orincluding subsequent revisions), where they do not relate excluding the elements of the Guidance related to ‘Residential Parking Design’, unless other local planning considerations indicate otherwise. Proposals should also accord with both the East Suffolk Area Parking Plan and the Suffolk Parking Management Strategy, or Neighbourhood Plans for the area where applicable.

Fourth Paragraph - for clarity in relation to application of the Suffolk Guidance for Parking.

See ‘Matter 4 – Note on Policy SCLP7.2 Parking Proposals and Standards’ (October 2019)

 



 

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Policy SCLP8.2

Policy SCLP8.2: Open Space

The Council supports the provision of open space and recreational facilities and their continued management across the District. Primarily to encourage active lifestyles and to increase participation in formal and informal recreation for all sectors of the community, and also to support the biodiversity, promote effective water management and to enhance the public realm. New residential development will be expected required to contribute to the provision of open space and recreational facilities in order to benefit community health, well-being and green infrastructure.

There will be a presumption against any development that involves the loss of open space or community sport and recreation facilities.

Proposals for development that results in the loss of open spaces will only be permitted in exceptional circumstances where:

a)       The proposal is ancillary to the open nature of the area and will enhance local character, increase local amenity and be of greater community or wildlife benefit,;

b)      An open space assessment demonstrates the site is surplus to requirements including its ability to be used for alternative open space uses;

Or

c)       The loss resulting from the proposed development will be replaced by equivalent or better improved provision in terms of quantity, quality and in a suitable location that is equally or more accessible to the community in a timely manner..

Neighbourhood Plans may identify areas of Local Green Space and include policies relating to their protection.

For consistency with the NPPF. See ‘Matter 4 – Note on Open Space and Allotments’ (October 2019) (Document J18)

 



 

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Policy SCLP8.3

Policy SCLP8.3: Allotments

The Council will encourage the provision of new allotments in order to meet a locally identified demand. Allotments and associated infrastructure should be located in locations well related to the existing community.

The loss of existing allotments to alternative uses will be resisted unless:

a)  Evidence shows that there is unlikely to be any future demand for the allotments;

b)  Other allotments exist and have the necessary capacity to meet demand; or

c)  Alternative provision is made on an alternative site within the settlement which ensures an increase in the overall level and standard of allotments across the District;.

        Or

d)  There is evidence to show that there is unlikely to be any future demand for allotments.

Criteria a) and d) are considered to be a repetition. See ESC Matter 4 Statement (August 2019).

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Paragraph 9.8

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Although generally encouraged, proposals will need to ensure they do not adversely effect the high quality landscape, natural beauty and special qualities of the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB, wildlife populations or habitats and avoid noise pollution across the District.

To reflect that schemes may have an impact on the AONB. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and AONB Partnership (August 2019). See ESC Matter 4 Statement (August 2019).

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SCLP9.1

Policy SCLP9.1: Low Carbon & Renewable Energy

The Council will support Neighbourhood Plans in identifying suitable areas for renewable and low carbon energy development, particularly where they relate to developments that are community-led. In identifying suitable areas, consideration should be given to the criteria listed below: low carbon and renewable energy developments, with the exception of wind energy schemes, where they are within an area identified as suitable for renewable or low carbon energy or satisfy the following criteria:

a) They can evidence a sustainable and, ideally, local source of fuel;

b) They can facilitate the necessary infrastructure and power connections required for functional purposes; and

c) They provide benefits to the surrounding community; and

d) c) They are complementary to the existing environment without causing any significant adverse impacts, particularly relating to the residential amenity, landscape and visual impact, the natural beauty and special qualities of the AONB, transport, flora and fauna, noise and air quality, unless those impacts can be appropriately mitigated.

Wind energy schemes must be located in an area identified as suitable for renewable or low carbon energy in a Neighbourhood Plan. The Council will support Neighbourhood Plans in identifying suitable areas for renewable and low carbon energy development, particularly where they relate to developments that are community-led. In identifying suitable areas, consideration should be given to the criteria listed above:

The Council will support low carbon and renewable energy developments, with the exception of wind energy schemes, where they are within an area identified as suitable for renewable or low carbon energy or satisfy the above criteria. Wind energy schemes must be located in an area identified as suitable for renewable or low carbon energy in a Neighbourhood Plan.

When the technology is no longer operational there is a requirement to decommission, remove the facility and complete a restoration of the site to its original condition.

In the interests of clarity

Criterion c) - To reflect the lack of justification for this criterion

Criterion d) - To reflect that schemes may have an impact on the AONB

See ESC Matter 4 Statement (August 2019)

 



 

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Policy SCLP9.3

Policy SCLP9.3: Coastal Change Management Area

The Coastal Change Management Area is identified on the Policies Map. Reputable and scientifically robust evidence that emerges over the lifetime of this plan which effects the delineation of the Coastal Change Management Area should be considered when applying this policy.

Planning applications for all development within and 30 metres landward of the Coastal Change Management Area and within and 30 metres landward of areas where the intent of management is to Hold the Line, identified on the Policies Map must be accompanied by a Coastal Erosion Vulnerability Assessment.

In areas of soft cliff located up to 60 metres landward of coastal defences where known geological information indicates that the capacity of coastal defences are likely to be adversely affected by development, a Coastal Erosion Vulnerability Assessment should be considered.

In parts of the Coastal Change Management Area expected to be at risk from change within a 20 year time horizon, only temporary development directly related to the coast, for example beach huts, cafes, car parks and sites used for touring caravan and camping will be permitted.

In parts of the Coastal Change Management Area expected to be at risk from change beyond a 20 year time horizon, other commercial and community uses will be permitted providing they require a coastal location and provide economic and social benefits to the local community.

Proposals for new or replacement coastal defence schemes will only be permitted where it can be demonstrated that the works reflect are consistent with the management approach for the frontage presented in the relevant Shoreline Management Plan and/or endorsed Coastal Strategy, and there will be no material adverse impact on the environment, including exacerbation of coastal squeeze.

Proposals for new or replacement estuary defence schemes will only be permitted where it can be demonstrated that the works reflect are consistent with the management approach for the frontage presented in the endorsed estuary plans/strategies, and there will be no material adverse impact on the environment, including exacerbation of coastal squeeze.

Essential infrastructure, including transport infrastructure, utility infrastructure and wind turbines will only be permitted in the Coastal Change Management Area where no other sites outside of the Area are feasible and there is a management plan in place to manage the impact of coastal change including their future removal and replacement.

Planning permission for all development within the Coastal Change Management Area will be time-limited according to the risk identified in the Coastal Erosion Vulnerability Assessment.

To reflect the status of other plans referred to.

See ‘Matter 4  - Note on Policy SCLP9.3 Coastal Change Management Areas’ (October 2019) (Document J19)

 



 

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Policy SCLP9.5

Policy SCLP9.5: Flood Risk

The Strategic Flood Risk Assessment should be the starting point in assessing whether a proposal is at risk from flooding.

Proposals for new development, or the intensification of existing development, will not be permitted in areas at high risk from flooding, i.e. Flood Zones 2 and 3, unless the applicant has satisfied the safety requirements in the Flood Risk National Planning Policy Guidance (and any successor). These include the ‘sequential test’; where needed the ‘exception test’ and also a site specific flood risk assessment that addresses the characteristics of flooding and has tested an appropriate range of flood event scenarios (taking climate change into consideration). This should address as a minimum: finished floor levels; safe access and egress; an emergency flood plan; identification and provision of surface water exceedance routes; flood resilience/resistance measures; any increase in built or surfaced area; and any impact on flooding elsewhere, including sewer flooding.

Developments should exhibit the three main principles of flood risk, in that, they should be safe, resilient and should not increase flood risk elsewhere. In this respect, single storey residential developments will not be permitted in areas of high risk of flooding within or outside Settlement Boundaries.

Developments are encouraged to include natural flood management measures that complement existing flood defences if pre-existing flood defences are in place, in the interests of integrated flood management.

Any new flood risk measures that result in significant depreciation of natural capital will be required to create compensatory natural capital.

Neighbourhood Plans can allocate land for development, including residential development, in areas at risk of flooding providing it can be demonstrated:

a)       There are no alternative available sites appropriate for the proposed use within the Neighbourhood Area;

b)      The development provides sustainability benefits which outweigh flood risk; and

c)       Evidence is provided that it is possible for flood risk to be mitigated to ensure development is safe for its lifetime and the lifetime of the relevant flood defence.

For clarity. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Anglian Water (August 2019). See ESC Matter 4 Statement (August 2019).

 



 

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Paragraph 9.61

Modification to paragraph 9.61:

In recognition that water does not respect administrative boundaries, the Council will work with neighbouring authorities and other relevant stakeholders to devise a catchment-based approach to holistic water management. In respect of implementing holistic water management, and applying the conclusions of the Habitat Regulations Assessment that underpins the Local Plan, to assure the timely delivery of required infrastructure and treatment capabilities, new developments will be required to be phased to allow water and wastewater infrastructure to be in place when needed. There will however not always be a requirement for development to be phased, for example, where there are no identified water and/or wastewater improvement works required to serve the development, or where measures are or will be in place in a timely manner. The Council will work with the water companies, Natural England and the Environment Agency to ensure that water related matters and required infrastructure needs are continually reviewed and resolved to meet the needs arising from growth, as set out in the Monitoring Framework (Appendix C) of this Plan.

To clarify the approach to phasing.

See ‘Matter 4 – Note on Policy SCLP9.7 Holistic Water Management’ (October 2019) (Document J26)

 



 

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Paragraph 10.16

Modifications to paragraph 10.16:

The high quality natural environment is important to many local communities as it positively contributes to quality of life, quality of place and mental health. The Council recognises that issues relating to biodiversity and geodiversity need to be considered collaboratively with businesses and other stakeholders to ensure that natural assets are protected. To address the impact of development on the European Sites across the District, the Council has been working in partnership with Waveney District Council, Ipswich Borough Council, Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils, Suffolk County Council and Natural England to develop a Recreational disturbance Avoidance and Mitigation Strategy (RAMS). The strategy provides the practical basis and evidence to identify projects to mitigate the impact of new development on the protected sites. In the majority of cases, a RAMS contribution will be the council’s preferred mechanisms for securing mitigation.

10.17 With respect to the effect of increased recreational use of European sites as the result of  Special Protection Areas (SPAs) in large scale developments throughout the District, the approach adopted has been to provide Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspaces (SANGs) as part of development proposals. Such an approach has been successfully implemented in developments such as the ‘Brightwell Lakes’ development of approximately 2,000 dwellings in the south of the District. Likewise, compensatory areas have been provided at Sizewell Nuclear Power plants to mitigate the effects of development on SSSIs. In the interests of ensuring the continued effectiveness conservation of mitigation measures such as SANGs and compensatory areas, they will be protected in perpetuity.  considerable weight should be. afforded to the conservation of such measures where they are included as part of large scale development proposals.

To clarify the approach to RAMS. See ‘Matter 4 - Note on Policy SCLP10.1: Biodiversity and Geodiversity’ (October 2019) (Document J20)

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Policy SCLP10.1

Policy SCLP10.1: Biodiversity and Geodiversity

Development will be supported where it can be demonstrated that it maintains, restores or enhances the existing green infrastructure network and positively contributes towards biodiversity and/or geodiversity through the creation of new habitats and green infrastructure and improvement to linkages between habitats, such as wildlife corridors and habitat ‘stepping stones’. All development should follow a hierarchy of seeking firstly to avoid impacts, mitigate for impacts so as to make them insignificant for biodiversity, or as a last resort compensate for losses that cannot be avoided or mitigated for. Adherence to the hierarchy should be demonstrated.

Proposals that will have a direct or indirect adverse impact (alone or in-combination with other plans or projects) on locally designated sites of biodiversity or geodiversity importance, including County Wildlife Sites, priority habitats and species, will not be supported unless it can be demonstrated with comprehensive evidence that the benefits of the proposal, in its particular location, outweighs the biodiversity loss.

New development should provide environmental net gains in terms of both green infrastructure and biodiversity. Proposals should demonstrate how the development would contribute towards new green infrastructure opportunities or enhance the existing green infrastructure network as part of the development. New development must also secure ecological enhancements as part of its design and implementation, and should provide a biodiversity net gain that is proportionate to the scale and nature of the proposal.

Where compensatory habitat is created, it should be of equal or greater size and ecological value than the area lost as a result of the development, be well located to positively contribute towards the green infrastructure network, and biodiversity and/or geodiversity and be supported with a management plan.

Where there is reason to suspect the presence of protected UK or Suffolk Priority species or habitat, applications should be supported by an ecological survey and assessment of appropriate scope undertaken by a suitably qualified person. If present, the proposal must follow the mitigation hierarchy in order to be considered favourably. Any proposal that adversely affects a European site, or causes significant harm to a Site of Special Scientific Interest, will not normally be granted permission.

Any development with the potential to impact on a Special Protection Area, or Special Area for Conservation or Ramsar site within or outside of the District will need to be supported by information to inform a Habitat Regulations Assessment, in accordance with the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017, as amended (or subsequent revisions).

The Recreational disturbance Avoidance and Mitigation Strategy has been prepared to provide a mechanism through which impacts from increased recreation can be avoided and mitigated via financial contributions towards the provision of strategic mitigation. Where mitigation is proposed to be provided through alternative mechanisms, applicants will need to provide evidence to demonstrate that all impacts are mitigated for, including in-combination effects. Depending on the size and location of the development, additional measures such as Suitable Alternative Natural Green Spaces (SANGS) may be required as part of development proposals. 

A Supplementary Planning Document will be prepared to assist with the implementation of the a strategic Recreational disturbance Avoidance and Mitigation Strategy in order to mitigate for potential adverse effects arising from new growth on Special Protection Areas, Ramsar Sites and Special Areas of Conservation. The Council will work with neighbouring authorities and Natural England to develop and implement this strategy. The strategy will include a requirement for developers to make financial contributions towards the provision of strategic mitigation within defined zones.

To clarify the approach to RAMS. See ‘Matter 4 - Note on Policy SCLP10.1: Biodiversity and Geodiversity’ (October 2019) (Document J20)

 



 

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New paragraph after paragraph 10.26

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The Habitats Regulations Assessment of the Local Plan has identified the potential for emissions from vehicles and impacts on water quality and water quantity to have an effect on European protected sites, and has made recommendations in relation to monitoring as referred to in the Monitoring Framework in Appendix C. Where necessary, potential effects on European protected sites would need to be considered through the Habitats Regulations Assessment process.

To address points arising from the Habitats Regulations Assessment of the Final Draft Local Plan. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Natural England (August 2019). See ESC Matter 4 Statement (August 2019).

 



 

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Paragraph 10.32

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Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) are national landscape designations afforded the highest protection for their landscape and scenic quality. Protection of the Suffolk Coast and Heaths relates not only to the land within this AONB, but also to its setting. In line with national policy great weight is attributed to conserving and enhancing the landscape and scenic beauty in the AONB and the conservation and enhancement of wildlife and cultural heritage are important considerations. A large part of the AONB is also identified as Suffolk Heritage Coast. The AONB Management Plan explains that the Heritage Coast purpose includes objectives for conserving the environmental health and biodiversity of inshore waters and beaches, and to extend opportunities for recreational education, sport and tourist activities that draw on, and are consistent with, the conservation of their heritage features.

To explain the Heritage Coast designation. See ESC Matter 4 Statement (August 2019).

 



 

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Paragraph 10.33

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The protection conservation and enhancement of the landscape and setting of the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB and its setting is also an important influence within the plan area. Incorporating extensive landscapes in the District from the River Blyth Estuary in the north to landscapes around the River Orwell and River Deben Estuaries in the south, the AONB also extends beyond the District to the north and south.

To provide clarity in relation to the setting of the AONB. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and AONB Partnership (August 2019). See ESC Matter 4 Statement (August 2019).

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New paragraph after 10.34

Insert new paragraph after paragraph 10.34:

The National Planning Policy Framework states that planning permission should be refused for major development other than in exceptional circumstances and where it can be demonstrated that the development is in the public interest, and sets out a series of ‘tests’ against which applications for major development would be considered. The NPPF explains that whether a proposal is ‘major development’ is a matter for the decision maker, taking into account its nature, scale and setting, and whether it could have a significant adverse impact on the purposes for which the area has been designated or defined.

To set out the approach to major development in the AONB.

See ‘Note on proposed modifications to SCLP10.4 Landscape Character’ (April 2020) (Document J56)

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Policy SCLP10.4

Policy SCLP10.4: Landscape Character

Proposals for development should be informed by, and sympathetic to, the special qualities and features as described in the Suffolk Coastal Landscape Character Assessment (2018), the Settlement Sensitivity Assessment (2018), or successor and updated landscape evidence.

Development proposals will be expected to demonstrate their location, scale, form, design and materials will protect and enhance:

a)       The special qualities and features of the area;

b)      The visual relationship and environment around settlements and their landscape settings;

c)       Distinctive landscape elements including but not limited to watercourses, commons, woodland trees, hedgerows and field boundaries, and their function as ecological corridors;

d)      Visually sensitive skylines, seascapes, river valleys and significant views towards key landscapes and cultural features; and

e)      The growing network of green infrastructure supporting health, wellbeing and social interaction.

Development will not be permitted where it will have a significant adverse impact on rural river valleys, historic park and gardens, coastal, estuary, heathland and other very sensitive landscapes. Conserving and enhancing the landscape and scenic beauty of the AONB is of particular importance. Proposals for development will be required to secure the preservation and appropriate restoration or enhancement of natural, historic or man made features across the District as identified in the Landscape Character Assessment, Settlement Sensitivity Assessment and successor landscape evidence.

Development will not be permitted where it would have a significant adverse impact on the natural beauty and special qualities of the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, that cannot be adequately mitigated. Development within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, or within its setting, will be informed by landscape and visual impact assessment to assess and identify potential impacts and to identify suitable measures to avoid or mitigate these impacts. Planning permission for major development in the Area   of Outstanding Natural Beauty will be refused other than in exceptional circumstances, and where it can be demonstrated that the development is in the public interest, subject to the considerations set out in the National Planning Policy Framework.

Proposals should include measures that enable a scheme to be well integrated into the landscape and enhance connectivity to the surrounding green infrastructure and Public Rights of Way network. Development proposals which have the potential to impact upon the Area of Outstanding Natural BeautyONB or other sensitive landscapes should be informed by landscape appraisal, landscape and visual impact assessment and landscape mitigation.

Proposals for development should protect and enhance the tranquillity and dark skies across the District. Exterior lighting in development should be appropriate and sensitive to protecting the intrinsic darkness of rural and tranquil estuary, heathland and river valley landscape character.

Neighbourhood Plans may include local policies related to protecting and enhancing landscape character and protecting and enhancing tranquillity and dark skies.

To clarify the policy approach for the AONB.

See ‘Note on proposed modifications to SCLP10.4 Landscape Character’ (April 2020) (Document J56)

 



 

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Paragraph 11.4

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The National Planning Policy Framework establishes the importance of supporting innovative and outstanding design. The Council encourages this across the District where it is respectful of its surroundings. In areas of more limited design quality the Council encourages development to significantly enhance design quality through innovative and creative means. Innovative design should be understood to include, but not be limited to, high levels of sustainability and new construction methods and materials.

To add further explanation around innovative design. See  Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Historic England (August 2019)

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Paragraph 11.8

Modifications to paragraph 11.8:

Local Plan consultation representations support the use of Building for Life 12 (BFL 12). Building for Life 1254 is advocated in paragraph 129 of the National Planning Policy Framework as a tool to deliver well designed development proposals and to assess development proposals. In this regard, the Local Plan encourages all development proposals to use BFL 12 in demonstrating how the scheme meets the criteria for delivering high quality design. BFL 12 will be used as a tool to assist with design discussions during the pre-application and planning application stages, not as a prescriptive set of inflexible rules. BFL 12 (the most recent nationally endorsed version) will be used to inform the decision making process to provide a design quality assessment against all major applications. These assessments should be undertaken at the earliest possible opportunity in the decision making process so that schemes can be amended to deliver high quality design, if necessary. Residential development proposals will be supported where they perform positively when assessed, by planning officers and/or agreed upon through a dialogue between planning officers and applicant, against the Building for Life 12 guidelines. In demonstrating positive performance, applicants should include a design quality assessment of their proposal using all of the BFL 12 Guideline categories within a Design and Access Statement. Such BFL 12 Guideline categories include; integrating the scheme into its surroundings, locally inspired or otherwise distinctive character, and adequate provision of external storage space for bins and recycling. Such assessments should clearly set out how the elements of a proposal contribute to good design and avoid bad design as detailed in the BFL 12 Guidelines. In addition to requiring design quality assessments at the decision making stage, the Council will look to review the design quality of completed schemes.

To provide further reference on the use of Building for Life.

See ‘Matter 4 - Note on Policy SCLP11.1 Design Quality’ (October 2019) (Document J21)

See ‘Note on proposed modification to Policy SCLP11.1: Design Quality’ (March 2020) (Document J49)

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Paragraph 11.9

Modifications to paragraph 11.9:

The Built for Life accreditation reflects high quality design and provides confidence that appropriate consideration has been given to all aspects of design. BFL 12 operates a traffic light scoring system when assessing developments against the 12 criteria. Developments that achieve at least 9 ‘green’ scores are eligible for the Built for Life quality mark, which indicates a high quality of design has been achieved. Developments that achieve a ‘green’ score for all 12 criteria can be awarded the Built for Life ‘Outstanding’ accreditation through an independent assessment process, with the best developments recognised at BFL 12 organised events. Residential development proposals will be supported where they perform positively when assessed, by planning officers and/or agreed upon through a dialogue between planning officers and applicant, against the Building for Life 12 guidelines.

To appropriately refer to use of Building for Life.

See ‘Matter 4 - Note on Policy SCLP11.1 Design Quality’ (October 2019) (Document J21)

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Policy SCLP11.1

Policy SCLP11.1: Design Quality

The Council will support locally distinctive and high quality design that clearly demonstrates an understanding of the key features of local character and seeks to enhance these features through innovative and creative means.

In so doing, permission will be granted where proposals:

a)       Support inclusive design environments which are legible, distinctive, accessible, comfortable, and safe, and adopt the principles of dementia friendly design;

b)      Demonstrate a clear understanding of the character of the built, historic and natural environment and use this understanding to complement local character and distinctiveness through both robust evidence, informed sources and site specific context and analysis;

c)       Respond to local context and the form of surrounding buildings in relation to the following criteria:

        i.            the overall scale and character should clearly demonstrate consideration of the component parts of the buildings and the development as a whole in relation to its surroundings;

        ii.            the layout should fit in well with the existing neighbourhood layout and respond to the ways people and vehicles move around both internal and external to existing and proposed buildings;

        iii.             the height and massing of developments should be well related to that of their surroundings;

        iv.            there should be a clear the relationship between buildings and spaces and the wider street scene or townscape; and

        v.            by making use of high quality materials appropriate to the local context should be used;

d)      Take account of any important landscape or topographical features and retain and/or enhance existing landscaping and natural and semi-natural features on site;

e)      Protect the amenity of the wider environment, neighbouring uses and provide a good standard of amenity for future occupiers of the proposed development;

f)        Take into account the need to promote public safety and deter crime and disorder through well lit neighbourhoods and development of public spaces that are overlooked;

g)       Create permeable and legible developments which are easily accessed, throughout the site and connections outside the site, and used by all, regardless of age, mobility and disability;

h)      Provide highway layouts with well integrated car parking and landscaping which create a high quality public realm, and avoiding the perception of a car dominated environment. In doing so, proposals will be expected to prioritise safe and convenient pedestrian and cycle movement;, and that encourage and the use of pedestrian, cycle and other sustainable modes as the most attractive modes of sustainable travel;

i)        Include hard and soft landscaping schemes to aid the integration of the development into its surroundings;

j)        Ensure that the layout and design incorporates adequate provision for the storage and collection of waste and recycling bins in a way which does not detract from the appearance of the development; and

k)        Utilise measures that support resource efficiency.

All major residential development proposals will be expected required to perform positively when assessed against Building for Life 12 guidelines. Developments should seek to avoid red outcomes unless there are exceptional circumstances. All Building for Life 12 assessed schemes will be reviewed once built out and compared to initial BfL12 assessments.

Neighbourhood Plans can, and are encouraged to, set out design policies which respond to their own local circumstances.

For clarity. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Suffolk County Council (August 2019). See ESC Matter 4 Statement (August 2019).

Criterion K – Presentational amendment

Criteria c) iv and c) v – to correct use of grammar – See ‘Matter 4 - Note on Policy SCLP11.1 Design Quality’ (October 2019) (Document J21)

Criteria b) – Typographical amendment

Penultimate paragraph – to clarify application of Building for Life.

 



 

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Policy SCLP11.2

Policy SCLP11.2: Residential Amenity

When considering the impact of development on residential amenity, the Council will have regard to the following:

a)       Privacy/overlooking;

b)      Outlook;

c)       Access to daylight and sunlight;

d)      Noise and disturbance;

e)      The resulting physical relationship with other properties;

f)        Light spillage;

g)       Air quality and other forms of pollution; and

h)      Safety and security.

Development will provide for adequate living conditions for future occupiers and will not cause an unacceptable loss of amenity to neighbouring for existing or future occupiers of development in the vicinity.

To secure the living conditions of all residents and for clarity. See Matter 4 Statement (August 2019).

 



 

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Paragraph 11.29

Amend paragraph 11.29:

Heritage Impact Assessments and/or Archaeological Assessments will be required for proposals related to, or impacting on, heritage assets and their setting and/or known or possible archaeological sites, and where there is potential for encountering archaeological sites. This is to ensure that sufficient information is provided to assess the significance of the heritage assets and to assess the impacts of development on historic heritage assets alongside any public benefits.

To be consistent with the NPPF

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Policy SCLP11.3

Policy SCLP11.3: Historic Environment

The Council will work with partners, developers and the community to conserve and enhance the historic environment and to ensure that where possible development makes a positive contribution to the historic environment.

The policies of the National Planning Policy Framework will be applied in respect of designated and non-designated heritage assets.

All development proposals which have the potential to impact on historic heritage assets or their settings should be supported by a Heritage Impact Assessment and/or an Archaeological Assessment prepared by an individual with relevant expertise. Pre-application consultation with the Council is encouraged to ensure the scope and detail of a Heritage Impact Assessment or Archaeological Assessment is sufficient. The level of detail of a Heritage Impact Assessment should be proportionate to the scheme proposed and the number and significance of heritage assets affected.

To be consistent with the NPPF

 



 

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Paragraph 11.31

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Listed Buildings are designated heritage assets and, as such, are afforded a high level of protection. There are around 2,300 Listed Buildings in the District. Listed Building consent will be required for many works relating to Listed Buildings, and is a separate consent to planning permission. National planning policy relating to Listed Buildings, as designated assets, is contained in the National Planning Policy Framework and will be applied alongside policy SCLP11.4. As set out in the relevant sections of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990, in considering whether to grant planning permission or listed building consent for development that impacts a listed building, or its setting, the decision maker must have regard to the desirability of preserving the listed building or its setting or any features of special architectural or historic interest which it possesses.

To include reference to legislative framework. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Historic England (August 2019)

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Policy SCLP11.4

Policy SCLP11.4: Listed Buildings

Proposals to alter, extend or change the use of a listed building (including curtilage listed structures) or development affecting its setting will be supported where they:

a)       Demonstrate a clear understanding of the significance of the building and/or its setting alongside an assessment of the potential impact of the proposal on that significance;

b)      Do not harm the character of the building or any architectural, artistic, historic, or archaeological features that contribute towards its special interest;

c)       Are of an appropriate design, scale, form, height, massing and position which complement the existing building;

d)      Use high quality materials and methods of construction which complement the character of the building;

e)      Retain the historic internal layout of the building; and

f)        Remove existing features that detract from the building to enhance or better reveal its significance.

To appropriately refer to setting.

See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Historic England (August 2019)

 



 

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Policy SCLP11.5

Policy SCLP11.5: Conservation Areas

Development within, orand which has potential to affect the setting of, Conservation Areas will be assessed against the relevant Conservation Area Appraisals and Management Plans and any subsequent additions or alterations. Developments should be of a particularly high standard of design and high quality of materials in order to preserve or enhance the character or appearance of the area.

Proposals for development within a Conservation Area should:

a)       Demonstrate a clear understanding of the significance of the conservation area alongside an assessment of the potential impact of the proposal on that significance;

b)      Preserve or enhance the character or appearance of the conservation area;

c)       Be of an appropriate design, scale, form, height, massing and position;

d)      Retain features important to settlement form and pattern such as open spaces, plot divisions, position of dwellings, hierarchy of routes, hierarchy of buildings, and their uses, boundary treatments and gardens; and

e)      Use high quality materials and methods of construction which complement the character of the area.

Proposals for development which affect the setting of a Conservation Area should be considered against criteria a), c) and e) above.

Proposals which involve the demolition of non-listed buildings that make a positive contribution toin a Conservation Area, including those identified in Conservation Area Appraisals and Management Plans, will only be permitted where be expected to demonstrate:

f) The building has no architectural, historic or visual significance; or

g) f) The building is structurally unsound and beyond technically feasible and economically viable repair (for reasons other than deliberate damage or neglect); or

h) g) All measures to sustain the existing use or find an alternative use/user have been exhausted.

In all cases, proposals for demolition should include comprehensive and detailed plans for redevelopment of the site.

To appropriately refer to setting and non-listed buildings.

See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Historic England (August 2019)

 



 

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Paragraph 11.34

Modification to paragraph 11.34:

Non-designated heritage assets can vary in type and form, and should possess a degree of heritage significance that merits consideration in planning decisions. Non-designated heritage assets can be either buildings or structures, or non-built assets such as archaeological assets and parks and gardens. The Council encourages Neighbourhood Plans to identify non-designated heritage assets, examples of such can be seen in the Great Bealings and Martlesham Neighbourhood Plans. Neighbourhood planning groups seeking to identify Non-Designated Heritage Assets are encouraged to work with the Council in developing the necessary identification criteria, particularly in respect of potential Non-Designated Heritage Assets that are not buildings or structures.

To clarify the approach to Non-designated heritage assets that are not buildings or structures.

See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Historic England (August 2019)

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Paragraph 11.35

Modification to paragraph 11.35:

In relation to archaeological assets, any non-designated heritage assets that are deemed to be of equal importance to a Scheduled Monument by way of a heritage assessment and/or government guidance should be considered under the same policy as a Scheduled Monument, in accordance with paragraph 194 and footnote 63 of the NPPF. In this case, Policyies SCLP11.3 and SCLP11.7 along with the National Planning Policy Framework will apply.

For clarity.

See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Historic England (August 2019)

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Policy SCLP11.6

Policy SCLP11.6: Non-Designated Heritage Assets

Proposals for the re-use of Non-Designated Heritage Assets which are buildings or structures will be supported if compatible with the elements of the fabric and setting of the building or structure which contribute to its significance. New uses Applications, including those for a change of use, which result in harm to the significance of a Non-Designated Heritage Asset or its setting will be consideredjudged based on the wider balance of the scale of any harm or loss, and the significance of the heritage asset.

In considering proposals which involve the loss of a non-designated heritage asset, consideration will be given to:

a)       Whether the asset is structurally unsound and beyond technically feasible and economically viable repair (for reasons other than deliberate damage or neglect); or

b)      Which measures to sustain the existing use, or find an alternative use/user, have been fully investigated.

Neighbourhood Plans can identify Non-Designated Heritage Assets. However, the protection afforded to these should be no more than that provided to Non-Designated Heritage Assets protected by this policy. Buildings or structures Heritage assets identified as Non-Designated Heritage Assets should at least meet the Council’s criteria for identifying Non-Designated Heritage Assets.

For consistency with the NPPF.

See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Historic England (August 2019).

 



 

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Paragraph 11.39

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Scheduled Monuments, and non-designated heritage assets of archaeological interest that are demonstrably of equivalent significance to scheduled monuments, are nationally significant assets and afforded great protection in the National Planning Policy Framework.

For consistency with the NPPF.

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New paragraph directly below Paragraph 11.44

Insertion of new paragraph after paragraph 11.44:

The criteria for identifying the existing Historic Parks and Gardens are set out below:

-          The extent of parkland coverage is significant, or has been in the past, usually in excess of 50 hectares;

-          The parkland either provides, or did so in the past, the setting of an historic house;

-          The parkland’s historical development is considered unique within the District;

-          The parkland’s evolution has been influenced by a notable landscape designer;

-          The parkland contains fine examples of those features associated with historic parklands. These features are as follows:

            - Free standing parkland trees,

            - Parkland tree belts, clumps and woodland,

            - Exotic planting,

            - Avenues,

            - Hedges,

            - Grassland,

            - Lakes,

            - Fish ponds and stews,

            - Fountains, cascades and canals,

            - Moats,

            - Ha-has,

            - Parkland buildings,

            - Walls,

            - Kitchen gardens, and

            - Gatehouses, lodges and gateways;

-          The parkland positively contributes to the wider, surrounding, landscape; and

-          When lying adjacent to a settlement, the parkland provides an attractive setting and, indeed may have a relationship with that settlement.

 

The boundaries of Historic Parks and Gardens are defined by:

-          That area currently forming the visual extent of parkland, and

-          Any additional area which historically formed part of the extent of parkland and which continues to display remnants of that former park.

To set out the criteria against which the locally identified historic parks and gardens have been identified against.

See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Historic England (August 2019).

 



 

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Paragraphs 11.45, 11.46 and Policy SCLP11.9 and various

Delete Policy SCLP11.9: Areas to be Protected from Development and supporting text.

Modifications to the following as consequential changes:

Page 90 - Deletion of final sentence from paragraph 5.35

Page 251 – Modification to first sentence of paragraph 12.130 to read ‘On the northern boundary is the Peewit Hill area of open space which is an Area to be Protected from Development and covered by other policies in the Local Plan.’

Page 427 – Delete Policy SCLP11.9 from Appendix A (Policy Delivery Framework)

Page 487 - Delete Policy SCLP11.9 from Appendix C (Monitoring Framework)

Page 526 – Delete * from AP28 Areas to be Protected from Development in Appendix J (Schedule of Policies to be Superseded)

Page 530 – Delete * from Policy SSP39 Areas to be Protected from Development in Appendix J (Schedule of Policies to be Superseded)

Page 531 - Delete * from Policy FPP28 Areas to be protected from development in Appendix J (Schedule of Policies to be Superseded)

Renumber throughout the plan Policy SCLP11.10 Newbourne - Former Land Settlement Association Holdings to SCLP11.9.

See ‘Note on proposed deletion of Policy SCLP11.9: Areas to be Protected from Development’ (February 2020) (Document J35)

 



 

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Paragraph 12.6

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 The Planning Practice Guidance states that Neighbourhood Plans may meet their requirements through allocations plus windfall, however not through solely windfall. Neighbourhood plans are expected to plan positively to deliver the housing requirements set out in Policy SCLP12.1.

To reflect the updated PPG (Paragraph 104 Reference ID: 41-104- 20190509) and to clarify that Neighbourhood Plans will be expected to plan positively to meet the housing requirements set out in Policy SCLP12.1.

See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.1 – SCLP12.33 Statement (August 2019).

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Policy SCLP12.1: Neighbourhood Plans

The Council will support the production of Neighbourhood Plans in identifying appropriate, locally specific policies that are in general conformity with the strategic policies of this Local Plan.

Where Neighbourhood Plans seek to plan for housing growth, they will be expected to plan for the indicative minimum housing requirements set out below:

Neighbourhood plan area

Indicative m Minimum number of dwellings56

Aldringham cum Thorpe

Existing Local Plan allocation of 40 dwellings, plus small scale additional development and windfall

Bredfield

20

Earl Soham

25

Easton

20

Framlingham

100 in addition to allocations in ‘made’ neighbourhood plan

Great Bealings

Housing development as per countryside policies

Kelsale cum Carlton

20

Kesgrave

20

Leiston

100 in addition to allocations in ‘made’ neighbourhood plan

Martlesham

20. This is in addition to allocation SCLP12.25.

Melton

Existing Neighbourhood Plan allocation of 55, plus windfall

Playford

Housing development as per countryside policies

Rendlesham

Existing Local plan allocations of 100, plus windfall

Saxmundham

Small scale additional development and windfall. This is in addition to Local Plan allocation SCLP12.26 SCLP12.29 which allocates land for the South Saxmundham Garden Neighbourhood which will deliver approximately 800 dwellings57.

Wenhaston with Mells Hamlet

25

Wickham Market

70

This is in addition to Local Plan allocation SCLP12.61 (in Pettistree Parish, adjoining Wickham Market)

Where new Neighbourhood Plan areas are designated, indicativeminimum housing requirements will be based on a range of factors including the location of the settlement in relation to the strategy of the Local Plan, the position of the settlement in the settlement hierarchy and any known significant constraints to development.

Should the housing growth identified for Neighbourhood Plans not be delivered, the Council will address this through a future Local Plan review.

To clarify that the figures are housing requirements, and not indicative figures in the context of the updated PPG (Paragraph 104 Reference ID: 41-104-20190509). See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.1 – SCLP12.33 Statement (August 2019).

See ‘Note on proposed modifications to SCLP12.1 Neighbourhood Plans’ (February 2020) (Document J36)

See ‘Note on proposed modifications to SCLP12.1 Neighbourhood Plans’ (April 2020) (Document J57)

 



 

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New paragraph after Paragraph 12.23

Insert new paragraph after paragraph 12.23:

Felixstowe is served primarily by the A14 and a limited number of local roads which provide connections to the rest of the District and beyond.  In partnership with Suffolk County Council and Highways England, the Council will support opportunities over the plan period to promote sustainable forms of transport and mitigate transport related issues that may arise as a result of the cumulative impact of new developments within Felixstowe and the surrounding area.

To refer to approach to sustainable transport provision.

See ‘Matter 3 – SCLP12.2 Strategy for Felixstowe – Sustainable Transport’ (September 2019) (Document I14)

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Paragraph 12.25

Amend paragraph 12.25 to read:

Land to the north and south west of Felixstowe is designated as being of national and international importance for its landscape and nature conservation interests. Over the plan period opportunities to enhance design, landscaping and green spaces will be realised which take account of the town setting and protected landscapes, including opportunities to provide for biodiversity net gain. Alongside the countryside locations, the sea as well as the River Deben and River Orwell provide an important and valued backdrop to the town for both residents and visitors.

To reflect national policy in relation to biodiversity net gain. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and  Natural England (August 2019). See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.1 – SCLP12.33 Statement (August 2019).

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Policy SCLP12.2

Policy SCLP12.2: Strategy for Felixstowe

The vision for Felixstowe will be to retain its role as a thriving coastal resort and major centre with a comprehensive range of services and facilities which supports the community of Felixstowe and the neighbouring settlements on the Peninsula. Infrastructure improvements are required over the plan period to meet future needs as well as enhancing the quality of life of existing communities and visitors.

Over the plan period a thriving seaside town and port which is attractive to residents of all ages, and welcoming to visitors who wish to experience the town’s beautiful coastal location, built heritage, vibrant and diverse retail centre and healthy outdoor lifestyle will be achieved.

The strategy will seek to ensure that:

a) Employment opportunities are maintained to support the operations of the Port of Felixstowe and a wider range of employment types including tourism and technology related enterprises and sites are provided across the town;

b) Services and facilities support the needs of local residents, visitors and those in surrounding communities;

c) Areas of deprivation are supported through positive interventions;

d) Dementia friendly environments are created throughout the town;

e) The town centre and district centres maintain vibrant and successful shopping, retail and commercial leisure opportunities;

f) Links between the town centre and the sea front are enhanced including the completion of Shared Space on Hamilton Road;

g) The resort continues to flourish and opportunities for regeneration and additional tourist attractions are brought forward;

h) Opportunities for sustainable forms of transport will be enhanced, and the cumulative impact of new developments will not create severe impacts on the existing transport network;

h) i) Car parking provision is maintained and enhanced through redevelopment opportunities to serve residents, visitors and tourists;

i) j) The rich built heritage is maintained and measures are introduced to enhance the two Conservation Areas in the town;

j) k) The protected habitats and designated landscapes are protected from inappropriate development and access to the countryside is enhanced;

k) l) The risk of flooding and coastal erosion is carefully overseen through partnership working, mitigation and management;

l) m) Residential opportunities are provided to meet the needs in particular of younger people entering the housing market and those of an ageing population and changing demographic over the plan period; and

m) n) Open spaces are preserved, enhanced or otherwise re-provided to ensure that all residents have easy access to informal recreational green space.

The creation of the North Felixstowe Garden Neighbourhood will provide new opportunities for a leisure centre, housing, employment, education provision and community facilities, focused around the principles of a safe and inclusive community, and integration with the town and the surrounding countryside through enhancing green infrastructure networks.

To refer to sustainable transport as part of strategy for Felixstowe.

See ‘Matter 3 – SCLP12.2 Strategy for Felixstowe – Sustainable Transport’  (September 2019) (Document I14)

 



 

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Paragraph 12.60

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The site is located within a Minerals Consultation Area as defined by Suffolk County Council as the Minerals Planning Authority. Therefore any planning application should be supported by evidence which assesses the quality and quantity of sand and gravel resources. Planning applications should are expected to be supported by evidence considering the suitability for prior extraction, as directed by the Policy, having regard to the Suffolk Minerals and Waste Local Plan and other material considerations. Should the site be considered suitable for prior extraction, having regard to the evidence submitted together with advice from the Minerals Planning Authority, any planning permission for development will be conditioned to take place in phases which allow for prior extraction of some or all of the economic resource.

To reflect amendments to Policy SCLP12.3.

See ‘Note on Minerals Consultation Area policy criteria’ (February 2020) (Document J37)

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Policy SCLP12.3

Policy SCLP12.3: North Felixstowe Garden Neighbourhood

Approximately 143ha of land is identified for a Garden Neighbourhood to the north of Felixstowe and Trimley St Mary, as shown on the Policies Map, for a comprehensive leisure led development comprising leisure, green infrastructure, community facilities and employment land alongside residential development comprising a mix of housing types, sizes and tenures in a design which creates a dementia friendly environment. This new development will be delivered through a master plan approach brought forward through landowner collaboration and community engagement.

Critical to the success of this development will be the integration of the new Garden Neighbourhood with the existing community of Felixstowe and surrounding area, as well as taking into account the location of the site adjacent to the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB and its setting.

The Master Plan should be informed by community engagement and include:

a) A new leisure centre in a location which is easily accessible for the existing community;

b) Provision of 630 primary school spaces and early years provision;

c) Protection of the Grove Woodland and Eastward Ho recreational areas along with appropriate green infrastructure provision to provide accessible natural green space and retention and enhancement of the natural features on the site such as trees, woodland and hedgerows to be incorporated into the layout of the development;

d) Appropriate open space provision for both informal and formal recreational opportunities through retained space, re-provision, enhancement or new provision.

e) Public rights of way on the site should be preserved and enhanced, and opportunities sought to maintain and provide access to the countryside;

f) Project level Habitats Regulations Assessment will be required, and requirements for Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace to be provided;

g) Biodiversity networks and habitats to be preserved and enhanced, including measures to enhance biodiversity within housing areas;

h) Setting of Listed Buildings in proximity to the site to be preserved; Measures to sustain, and where possible enhance or better reveal the significance of heritage assets and their settings, having regard to the conclusions of the Council’s North Felixstowe Garden Neighbourhood Heritage Impact Assessment;

i) Proportionate archaeological assessment;

j) A site-specific Flood Risk Assessment;

k) Evidence is required to demonstrate there is adequate Water Recycling Centre capacity or that capacity can be made available;

l) Community Hub comprising a variety of services and facilities* to be created in accessible locations;

m) A network of pedestrian, cycling and vehicular routes that provide connectivity and movement across the Garden Neighbourhood and with adjacent areas whilst protecting and enhancing local Quiet Lanes;

m) n) Provision of new vehicular access points off Candlet Road and/or improvements to existing accesses supported by further access for pedestrian and cycle traffic in other locations;

n) o) Design and layout that supports inclusive use and a dementia friendly environment;

o) p) Consideration of the existing water mains and sewers in Anglian Water’s ownership which influence the design of the Garden Neighbourhood following the principles of Holistic Water Management;

p) q) Employment land for high quality non-port related small business units;

q) r) Retirement dwellings comprising care home extra care / sheltered dwellings; and

r) s) Up to 2,000 dwellings (including 560 with outline planning permission, as shown on the Policies Map), providing a mix of dwelling types, sizes and tenures including housing to meet the specialised housing needs of older, younger and vulnerable people and self-build plots, and provision of affordable housing.;

t) Assessment of the impacts of Garden Neighbourhood proposals on the Natural Beauty and Special Qualities of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; and

u) Any planning application should be supported by evidence which assesses the quality and quantity of sand and gravel resources on site in order to determine whether the site is suitable for prior extraction.

The necessary off-site infrastructure requirements, including health provision and police facilities will be required through developer contributions. and water recycling upgrades undertaken by Anglian Water through the Asset Management Plan. Confirmation of adequate capacity in the foul sewerage network or action to upgrade to create the required capacity will be required, including, but not limited to, water recycling upgrades.

Any necessary off-site transport improvements will need to be provided to the satisfaction of Suffolk County Council and where appropriate Highways England, informed by a Transport Assessment.

* for the purposes of this policy services and facilities could include convenience store, shops, meeting places, education facilities, care facilities and medical facilities.

Criterion h)- to refer to Heritage Impact Assessments. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Historic England (August 2019)

Criterion t) - To provide additional guidance in relation to potential impacts on the AONB.

Penultimate paragraph - For clarity.

See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.1 – SCLP12.33 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

Additional criterion m) –See ‘Matter 3 – Note on SCLP12.3 North Felixstowe Garden Neighbourhood – Internal Access’ (October 2019) (Document J9)

Criterion u) - See ‘Note on Minerals Consultation Area policy criteria’ (February 2020) (Document J37)

 



 

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Paragraph 12.63

Amend paragraph 12.63 to read:

The properties on Conway Close, Swallow Close and Upperfield Drive currently define the edge of the built up area of Old Felixstowe with countryside to the north. The land to the north of Conway Close and Swallow Close can provide a natural extension to the built form of Felixstowe without causing a detrimental impact on the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or important views of the Deben Estuary. Understanding the potential impact on the natural beauty and special qualities of this area and identifying appropriate mitigation measures to be delivered on site will be necessary to help conserve and enhance the nationally designated landscape.

To provide additional guidance in relation to potential impacts on the AONB.

See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and AONB Partnership (August 2019). See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.1 – SCLP12.33 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

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Policy SCLP12.4

Policy SCLP12.4: Land North of Conway Close and Swallow Close, Felixstowe

3.3883ha of land to the north of Conway Close and Swallow Close as shown on the Policies Map, is identified for approximately 150 residential units. Development will be expected to accord with the following criteria:

a)       Affordable housing provision to be in line with Policy SCLP5.10;

b)      A site-specific Flood Risk Assessment;

c)       A range of housing types (including bungalows) and tenures in keeping with surrounding area and in line with Policy SCLP5.8;

d)      Highway design which provides for appropriate vehicular access to the Garden Neighbourhood;

e)      Maximum building height of 2 storeys;

f)        Development will need to be high quality and sympathetic to the surrounding character of the area and Listed Building at Park Farm Cottages to the west of the site;

g)       On site open space and play facilities to meet needs identified in the SCDC Leisure Strategy and to provide opportunities for all ages to be active;

h)      An Air Quality Assessment will be required, and any necessary mitigation provided;

i)        An Archaeological Assessment is required;

j)        Evidence is required to demonstrate there is adequate Water Recycling Centre capacity or that capacity can be made available;

k)       Green infrastructure to be complementary to the green infrastructure provided at Felixstowe Garden Neighbourhood;

l)        Creating links to the existing public rights of way network including upgrading Footpath 8 so as to allow cycling and to provide a circular route; and

m)    A financial contribution towards the provision of a new primary school and new early years settings in Felixstowe.;

n)   A Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment will be required, and any mitigation   

provided, including a lighting strategy to conserve and enhance the Natural Beauty  

and Special Qualities of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; and

o)   Confirmation of adequate capacity in the foul sewerage network or action to upgrade to create the required capacity.

First paragraph - Typographical error

Criterion n) - To provide additional guidance in relation to potential impacts on the AONB. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and AONB Partnership (August 2019).

Criterion  o) - For clarity

See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.1 – SCLP12.33 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

Criterion n) – For clarity in relation to the AONB. See ‘’ Note on SCLP12.3 and SCLP12.4’ (March 2020) (Document J50)

 



 

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Paragraph 12.82

Modification to paragraph 12.82:

Development which provides units targeted at the ageing population will be welcomed as will the delivery of smaller units to provide a mix of residential opportunities which. Development should preserverespect the setting of surrounding Listed Buildings and residential uses, with particular regard to Grade II Tyndale House.

See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Historic England (August 2019).

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Policy SCLP12.5

Policy SCLP12.5: Land at Brackenbury Sports Centre

1.8ha of land on the site of Brackenbury Sports Centre, as shown on the Policies Map, is allocated for development of approximately 80 dwellings.

The re-development of this site will only come forward at a time when new leisure facilities have been brought into operation as part of the Felixstowe Garden Neighbourhood.

Development of this site will not come forward until new leisure facilities with equivalent or better provision in terms of quantity and quality have been brought into operation as part of the Felixstowe Garden Neighbourhood.

Development will be expected to accord with the following criteria:

a)       A mix of housing should be provided on the site including housing for older people and smaller starter home units;

b)      Design and layout which promotes a dementia friendly environment;

c)       Provision of affordable housing;

d)      Retention of, and enhancements to, walking and cycling connections through the site;

e)      Retention or enhancement of green spaces and play area;

f)        Provision of 0.1ha of land for a new early years setting if needed;

g)       A site-specific Flood Risk Assessment is required; and

h)      Evidence is required to demonstrate there is adequate Water Recycling Centre capacity or that capacity can be made available.;

i)     Design, layout and landscaping of the development should be carefully designed to preserve the setting of the adjacent Grade II Listed Tyndale House; and

j)    Confirmation of adequate capacity in the foul sewerage network or action to upgrade to create the required capacity.

 

Second paragraph – for consistency with NPPF. See ‘Matter 3 – Note SCLP12.5 Brackenbury Sports Centre and SCLP12.16 Felixstowe Leisure Centre’ (September 2019) (Document I12)

Criterion i) – See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Historic England (August 2019).

Criterion j) - For clarity. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Anglian Water (August 2019).

See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.1 – SCLP12.33 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

 



 

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Policy SCLP12.8

Policy SCLP12.8: Land at Bridge Road, Felixstowe

Employment opportunities will be encouraged on the site at Bridge Road as shown on the Policies Map.

Applications for employment uses on this site will be considered against the following:

a)       Existing lawful uses to be retained;

b)      Business Class proposals (B1 and B2) will be supported subject to them not having a detrimental impact on the residential properties adjacent;

c)       Proposals which generate a large number of traffic movements will be resisted;

d)      Small units to be retained – comprehensive redevelopment of the site for one use will be resisted;

e)      Evidence is required to demonstrate there is adequate Water Recycling Centre capacity or that capacity can be made available Hours of operation to be limited by planning condition to resist over intensification; and

f)        Landscaping of boundaries to be introduced to enhance the appearance of the site.;

g)    Hours of operation to be limited by planning condition to resist over intensification; and

h)   Confirmation of adequate capacity in the foul sewerage network or action to upgrade to create the required capacity.

Criterion e) & g) – To correct typographical error in the Final Draft Local Plan by identifying g) as a separate criterion

Criterion h) - For clarity. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Anglian Water (August 2019).

See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.1 – SCLP12.33 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

 



 

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Policy SCLP12.9

Policy SCLP12.9: Land at Carr Road/Langer Road, Felixstowe

Employment opportunities will be encouraged on the site at Carr Road / Langer Road as shown on the Policies Map. Applications for employment uses on this site will be considered against the following:

a) Proposals for further development of the site should be accompanied by a site-specific Flood Risk Assessment;

b) Existing lawful uses to be retained;

c) Business Class proposals (B1 and B2) will be supported subject to them not having a detrimental impact on the residential properties adjacent;

d) Warehousing or storage activities will be resisted and directed towards land identified under Policy SCLP12.4 or other areas designated for Port and Logistics uses;

e) Proposals which generate large numbers of heavy traffic movements will be resisted;

f) Evidence is required to demonstrate there is adequate Water Recycling Centre capacity or that capacity can be made available;

g) Ensure that the risk of odour and other amenity impacts from Felixstowe Water Recycling Centre is not detrimental to the amenity of occupants and to ensure that new development does not give rise to unreasonable restrictions being placed on the continuous operation of Felixstowe Water Recycling Centre. Where there is a potential impact on amenity, evidence should be provided to demonstrate that there is no unacceptable impact on the occupiers of the employment land and that any mitigation can be achieved without detriment to the continuous operation of Felixstowe Water Recycling Centre;

g) h) Hours of operation to be limited by planning condition to resist over-intensification of uses; and

h) i) Landscaping of boundaries to be introduced to enhance the appearance of the site.

For consistency with the NPPF. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Anglian Water (August 2019).

See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.1 – SCLP12.33 Hearings Statement (August 2019)

 



 

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Policy SCLP12.10

Policy SCLP12.10: Land at Haven Exchange, Felixstowe

Employment opportunities will be encouraged on the site at Haven Exchange as shown on the Policies Map. Applications for employment uses on this site will be considered against the following:

a)       A site-specific Flood Risk Assessment;

b)      Existing lawful uses to be retained;

c)       Business Class proposals (B1 and B2) will be supported subject to them not having a detrimental impact on the residential properties adjacent (including Holiday and Caravan Parks);

d)      Starter units required which provide opportunities for local businesses;

e)      Scale of employment buildings to be in keeping with existing units;

f)        Uses which are complementary to the Port of Felixstowe will be supported, excluding those which have a detrimental impact on residential amenity;

g)       Evidence is required to demonstrate there is adequate Water Recycling Centre capacity or that capacity can be made available; Air Quality assessment required; and

h)      Consideration of the IP / HP apparatus crossing the site.; and

i)     Confirmation of adequate capacity in the foul sewerage network or action to upgrade to create the required capacity.

For clarity. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Anglian Water (August 2019).

See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.1 – SCLP12.33 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

 



 

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Policy SCLP12.14

Policy SCLP12.14: Spa Pavilion to Manor End

The Council will support and promote high intensity tourist uses in this area, with a high proportion of these to be located along the Sea Road frontage. The area has, in part, a rich Edwardian and Victorian character and any proposals will need to maintain the active commercial frontage and be of a high quality design which respects the town’s heritage. Proposals which actively encourage new resort experiences will be welcomed.

Resort related uses will be supported on the Sea Road frontage. Proposals should consider the whole site for resort related uses to provide a vibrant mix of activities. Where this is not possible or unviable there may be opportunities for residential units on upper floor or at the rear of sites.

Additional beach huts in this area will be limited to locations which complement the existing resort uses and do not fill the important gaps between huts.

The Leisure Centre and the Pier head are the focal point of tourism related activities in Felixstowe. Proposals which seek to redevelop and support this central location will be supported to ensure that the resort offers a range of high quality attractions for visitors and residents, as set out in policy SCLP12.16.

Between the Pier and the Spa Pavilion, activities which promote cultural attractions including cafes, restaurants and shops on the ground floor will be supported where they respect make a positive contribution to the significance of the two Conservation Areas designation, and respect the Registered Gardens and the Edwardian and VictorianVictorian and Edwardian architectural heritage of the resort. Proposals which provide a link between the resort and the town centre will also be supported.

To clarify the approach to the Conservation Areas and Registered parks.

See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Historic England (August 2019).

 

 



 

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Paragraph 12.164

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Any future redevelopment of this site will need to reflectmake a positive contribution to the Conservation Area and architectural heritage of Felixstowe and provide a built form that promotesincludes attractive spaces for resort, tourist and recreational uses that support both the day time and night time economy of Felixstowe.

To reflect changes to Policy SCLP12.14.

See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Historic England (August 2019).

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Policy SCLP12.16

Policy SCLP12.16: Felixstowe Leisure Centre

Land currently occupied by Felixstowe Leisure Centre, car parking and event space as identified on the Policies Map is allocated for modern and imaginative resort, tourist and visitor uses which support both the day time and night time economy in Felixstowe.

Development of this site will not come forward until new leisure facilities with equivalent or better provision in terms of quantity and quality have been brought into operation as part of the Felixstowe Garden Neighbourhood.

Development will be expected to accord with the following criteria:

a)       A mix of uses which promote unique, modern and imaginative tourist, resort and visitor opportunities;

b)      Uses which do not adversely impact the town centre;

c)       Improved public realm and accessibility;

d)      Design and layout which complements the prominent seafront location and makes a positive contribution to character of the significance of the Conservation Area;

e)      A site-specific Flood Risk Assessment is required;

f)        Evidence is required to demonstrate there is adequate Water Recycling Centre capacity or that capacity can be made available

g)       No reduction in car parking spaces;

h)      Supports both the day time and night time economy; and

i)        Limited residential on upper floors.

i)     Confirmation of adequate capacity in the foul sewerage network or action to upgrade to create the required capacity.

Second paragraph  – for consistency with NPPF. 

See ‘Matter 3 – Note SCLP12.5 Brackenbury Sports Centre and SCLP12.16 Felixstowe Leisure Centre’ (September 2019) (Document I12)

Criterion d) – See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Historic England (August 2019).

Criterion i) - For consistency. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Anglian Water  (August 2019).

See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.1 – SCLP12.33 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

 



 

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Paragraph 12.177

Additional paragraph after paragraph 12.177:

Development in the Ipswich Strategic Planning Area is predicted to collectively add to significant strain on the transport network in and around Ipswich. Additional highway capacity will not on its own address these issues and the ISPA authorities agree that robust steps must be taken to prioritise healthy and sustainable travel. A package of transport mitigation measures has been identified to reduce vehicle movements. Suffolk County Council as the Highway Authority has developed a strategy which contains a package of mitigation measures to deliver modal shift and mitigate impacts on the wider Ipswich highways network. The Council will work with the other authorities across the ISPA to ensure that there is a co-ordinated approach to funding the mitigation through the delivery of the Local Plan.

To reflect approach to delivery of transport mitigation measures in the ISPA. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Suffolk County Council (August 2019).

See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.1 – SCLP12.33 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

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Paragraph 12.179

Modification to paragraph 12.179:

Communities in this part of the plan area have seen significant levels of growth through previous Local Plan allocations. In the short to medium term the development of Brightwell Lakes will deliver a high quality masterplan development and it is recognised that this development will need the opportunity to settle and mature. In support of delivery of the Ipswich Garden Suburb and Brightwell Lakes, this plan does not propose significant additional growth in this area in the early years of the plan period. In order to assist with delivery of housing across the Ipswich Strategic Planning Area, this plan identifies land at Humber Doucy Lane, Rushmere St Andrew / Tuddenham as part of a cross boundary allocation with Ipswich Borough to deliver housing beyond 2031. The opportunity for redevelopment of the Police Headquarters site in Martlesham Heath would enable the provision of a high density brownfield development of a mix of smaller units led by innovative design. An allocation is also proposed at Woodbridge Town Football Club to deliver housing and to provide a degree of certainty regarding potential future uses, and whilst this is in Martlesham Parish it is detailed within the Strategy for Woodbridge due to it being adjacent to the urban area of Woodbridge. Elsewhere in the area neighbouring Ipswich, future development will be limited to sites within the defined Settlement Boundaries.

Consequential amendment following the ‘Note on proposed modifications to SCLP12.18 Communities Surrounding Ipswich’ (February 2020) (Document J38)

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Policy SCLP12.18

Policy SCLP12.18: Strategy for Communities surrounding Ipswich

The strategy for the communities surrounding Ipswich is to maintain the healthy and vibrant communities which provide a diverse mixture of residential and employment opportunities alongside services and facilities by maintaining and enhancing the relationship with Ipswich and other parts of the District.

Provision of appropriate community infrastructure, education facilities and public transport will be supported where the needs are clearly demonstrated. Development will be expected to maximise its contribution to sustainable transport and promotion of modal shift in order to contribute to the delivery of new and enhanced sustainable transport measures in and around Ipswich.

Residential developments will be limited to the proposal at Brightwell Lakes, land at Humber Doucy Lane to come forward beyond 2031 alongside land in Ipswich Borough, the provision of housing in association with redevelopment of the Police Headquarters site and development within the Settlement Boundaries consisting of infill or small scale redevelopments which make the most appropriate use of previously developed land, plus small allocations or development identified through Neighbourhood Plans.

Economic proposals which are well related to the strategically important employment areas will be supported where they maximise provision and support the diverse range of opportunities in the area in accordance with other policies in the Local Plan.

To reflect approach to delivery of transport mitigation measures in the ISPA.

See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Suffolk County Council (August 2019).

See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.1 – SCLP12.33 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

See ‘Note on proposed modifications to SCLP12.18 Communities Surrounding Ipswich’  (February 2020) (Document J38)

 



 

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Paragraph 12.185

Modification to paragraph 12.185:

There are Scheduled Monuments within and in close proximity to the site, including a scheduled bowl barrow and pill box, and development will need to ensure that these are protected. Provision of a Heritage Park, in substantial accordance with the design principles of the concept diagram (Drawing No: 3167712) conditioned with the outline permission (DC/17/1435/OUT), will help to ensure development respects the historic environment. The design principles set out in the aforementioned concept diagram aim to create an attractive formal park style setting to heritage assets overlooked by homes while maintaining key views through the development.

To reflect modifications to Policy SCLP12.19.

See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Historic England (August 2019).

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Policy SCLP12.19

Policy SCLP12.19: Brightwell Lakes

Land at Brightwell Lakes (to the south and east of Adastral Park) is a masterplanned consented site for 2000 homes (DC/17/1435/OUT) approved in April 2018. The site will deliver a substantial number of homes in the area to the east of Ipswich over the next 15 years. This site is led by its infrastructure needs, delivered under the section 106 agreement and conditions of the planning permission, these include:

a)      Provision of strategic open space in the form of Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) including extensive play and trim trail facilities and a wide range of walking, cycling and recreational routes. This is designed and planned to meet the mitigation measures outlined in the 2011 Core Strategy Appropriate Assessment and Habitats Regulations Assessment carried out within the outline planning permission. This includes contributions to enhanced wardening and monitoring of visitor impacts upon designated European nature conservation sites;

b)     Provision of a new all-through school, to meet identified pre-school, primary and secondary needs;

c)      Outdoor recreational sport space and facilities including changing facility and shared use with the school;

d)     Community Centre including Library and community policing provision;

e)     On-site recycling facilities;

f)       Allotments and a community orchard;

g)      Public art provision;

h)     High speed broadband;

i)       Provision of strategic drainage to manage surface water drainage within the site;

j)       Health centre or provision of improved health facilities in the area;

k)      Measures to mitigate impact on the local road network, including improvements to the A12 junction between its junction with the A1214 and Seven Hills Interchange; to the A1214 and the Foxhall Road corridor;

l)       Improved public transport provision including links to Ipswich town centre and a direct service to Ipswich Train Station;

m)    Improvements to the public rights of way network on and off site, including pedestrian and cycle links;

n)     Adequate electricity supply;

o)     Improvements to the water supply network; and

p)     Upgrades to the waste water treatment (foul sewerage) network.; and

q)   Provision of a Heritage Park to preserve the significance of the Scheduled Monument bowl barrow and non-designated heritage assets along with protection of other Scheduled Monuments on and surrounding the site.

To provide policy criteria relating to heritage assets.

See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Historic England (August 2019).

 



 

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Paragraph 12.191

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The business park should include a focal outside area containing public seating and public art. To support the green infrastructure throughout the site, significant landscaping will be required to reduce the visual impact of the business park and ensure it is a complementary neighbour to the Crematorium and Scheduled Monuments adjacent. Opportunities should also be explored to integrate and connect landscaping to the existing Public Rights of Way Network in the area. The site is surrounded by known archaeological sites recorded in the Historic Environment Record, and to the west, cropmarks include a Bronze Age barrow cemetery of at least four barrows, likely associated with the wider group of Scheduled Monuments at Seven Hills, which is of outstanding local importance. Suffolk County Council have highlighted that an Archaeological Assessment is to be undertaken at an appropriate design stage prior to the granting of outline, technical details or full planning permission to inform viability of schemes, mitigation requirements and conservation in situ of significant remains.

To refer to Scheduled Monuments.

See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Historic England (August 2019).

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Paragraph 12.192

Modification to paragraph 12.192:

The site is located within a Minerals Consultation Area as defined by Suffolk County Council as the Minerals Planning Authority. Therefore any planning application should be supported by evidence which assesses the quality and quantity of sand and gravel resources. Planning applications should are expected to be supported by evidence considering the suitability for prior extraction, as directed by the Policy, having regard to the Suffolk Minerals and Waste Local Plan and other material considerations. Should the site be considered suitable for prior extraction, having regard to the evidence submitted together with advice from the Minerals Planning Authority, any planning permission for development will be conditioned to take place in phases which allow for prior extraction of some or all of the economic resource.

To reflect amendments to Policy SCLP12.20.

See ‘Note on Minerals Consultation Area policy criteria’ (February 2020) (Document J37)

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Policy SCLP12.20

Policy SCLP12.20: Land at Felixstowe Road

Land is identified at Felixstowe Road for a high quality business park to provide employment spaces targeted at Business and Professional Services Sectors in the form of B1 and B2 uses. Start up units and grow on space will be supported as part of the overall mix of units on the site.

Access to the site will be required from Felixstowe Road. The access arrangements should demonstrate no severe impact on the A12 and the A14 and local road network. Opportunities to enhance the capacity of the Seven Hills junction and access to the Crematorium should be explored and will be supported.

The development will be expected to represent a high quality of contemporary design and to achieve high standards of sustainable construction.

Exceptional design will be expected to provide a high quality and well screened business destination appropriate to the site’s location in the setting of the AONB and the nearby cluster of Scheduled Monuments that form part of Seven Hills barrow cemetery, in terms of scale, massing, materials and lighting. A lighting strategy will be required as part of any proposals. Significant landscaping and buffers are to be provided on the site, informed by Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment. A proportionate archaeological assessment will be required.

Buildings will be expected to provide a high quality attractive environment with areas of green infrastructure and appropriate provision for vehicular parking, walking and cycling. Opportunities to encourage and enable travel to the site by walking and cycling must be realised along with measures to encourage travel to the site by public transport. Opportunities to enhance and link into the existing Public Rights of Way network are encouraged.

Proposals outside of B1 and B2 class uses which support the high quality business park nature of the employment area, will be permitted where integrated in premises with B1 and B2 uses or whose primary purpose is to provide a service to the businesses and employees operating in that location.

A site-specific flood risk assessment will also be required as the site is over 1ha. Evidence is required to demonstrate there is adequate Water Recycling Centre capacity or that capacity can be made available. Proposals should also provide confirmation of adequate capacity in the foul sewerage network or action to upgrade to create the required capacity.

Any planning application should be supported by evidence which assesses the quality and quantity of sand and gravel resources on site in order to determine whether the site is suitable for prior extraction.

Fourth paragraph – to refer to Scheduled Monuments. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Historic England (August 2019).

Fifth paragraph - To provide greater emphasis on sustainable transport. See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.1 – SCLP12.33 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

Seventh paragraph - For consistency. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Anglian Water (August 2019).

See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.1 – SCLP12.33 Hearings Statement (August 2019). 

To set out the approach to consideration of sand and gravel resources. See

‘Note on Minerals Consultation Area policy criteria’ (February 2020) (Document J37)

 



 

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Policy SCLP12.21

Policy SCLP12.21: Ransomes, Nacton Heath

30ha of land is identified at Ransomes, Nacton Heath as shown on the Policies Map for new employment provision for a mix of B1, B2 and B8 uses.

Development will be expected to accord with the following criteria:

a)      Minimising impact on landscape including the nationally designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, including through the use of appropriate mitigation measures, informed through Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment;

b)     Further investigation into any designated and non designated heritage assets required;

c)      Impact on the local and strategic highway network including provision for access to public transport, and access via foot and cycle, and provision of any mitigation measures required;

d)     Ensure an appropriate design, scale and massing of buildings for example through the introduction of a design code, and minimise impacts arising from lighting;

e)     Evidence is required to demonstrate there is adequate Water Recycling Centre capacity or that capacity can be made available;

f)       Potential contamination of the site will need to be investigated and addressed where necessary;

g)      Integration of new uses with existing businesses within the site;

h)     An archaeological assessment will be required;

i)       A site wide surface water management strategy; and

j)       A site-specific Flood Risk Assessment is required.; and

       k)    Confirmation of adequate capacity in the foul sewerage network or action to upgrade to create the required capacity.

 

 



 

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Paragraph 12.204

Modifications to paragraph 12.204 and insertion of new paragraphs below paragraph 12.204:

Within this part of the District, the pressure of settlement coalescence is seen most prominently. Some communities are separated from others by large areas of open space, sport and recreation areas or and countryside, whilst others blend into one another. Previous Local Plans sought to protect the open space between Ipswich and Rushmere Village through a specific policy and this is continued in this Local Plan. Land in this area is to be retained for sport and recreational uses primarily which also restricts inappropriate development in this location.

Much of the land is in use as playing pitches and associated buildings and other infrastructure, occupied by a number of sporting clubs and organisations. The continued provision and enhancement of sports and recreation facilities in this location should enable the separation of Rushmere village and Ipswich to be maintained, through the presence of formalised green spaces. Ipswich Town Football Club have had a presence on land north and south of Playford Road for nearly three decades, and there also remains evidence of former uses on some of this land, including through the presence of currently unused areas of land.

Over the plan period, the provision of sport and recreational facilities opportunities, both public and privately accessible, will therefore be supported and retained for the benefit of the community and local sports clubs and associations, as well as avoiding reducing the coalescence of settlements. Development associated with the provision of sports and recreation may include for example related educational facilities, where this is ancillary to the provision of outdoor sports and recreation, and maintains the separation of Rushmere village and Ipswich.

Whilst much of the open space is formal in nature, the area also has potential to enhance conditions for biodiversity, and development proposals would be expected to demonstrate how they support the maintenance and enhancement of biodiversity networks, in accordance with policy SCLP10.1.

To reflect the uses on the land covered by the policy, and to reflect changes to Policy SCLP12.22.

See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Ipswich Town Football Club (November 2019).

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Policy SCLP12.22

Policy SCLP12.22: Recreation and Open Space in Rushmere

Land is identified near between Ipswich and Rushmere Street as shown on the Policies Map to retain settlement separation and through the presence of natural and formal open green spaces, and support biodiversity and wildlife networks. Land between Ipswich and Rushmere village, in its undeveloped form, presents an important green space between communities whilst also contributing to the recreational needs of the District and Ipswich Borough.

Proposals will only be granted supported where they are for sports ground or other associated recreational uses., or for associated uses which contribute to provision for outdoor sports and recreation and which maintain the separation of Rushmere village and Ipswich.

To reflect the existing uses on the land covered by the policy and to set out appropriate considerations for proposals. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Ipswich Town Football Club (November 2019).

 



 

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Policy SCLP12.23

Policy SCLP12.23: Land off Lower Road and Westerfield Road (Ipswich Garden  Suburb Country Park)

Two parcels of land, as shown on the Policies Map, are designated as public open space. This land is intended to form part of the country park (minimum of 24.5ha total) required to be provided in association with the new Ipswich Garden Suburb, the built area of which is located within the administrative boundary of Ipswich Borough Council. The detailed scheme for the country park as it relates to Suffolk Coastal District will be expected to:

a)      Safeguard existing pedestrian and cycle access points and provide suitable links to the existing public rights of way network;

b)     Make provision for a car park to serve the country park within that parcel of land fronting Westerfield Road;

c)      Make suitable provision for any necessary maintenance tracks and access points; and

d)     Provide detailed boundary treatments and be required to demonstrate that the residential amenity of dwellings which abut the boundary of the country park and the public rights of way has been safeguarded.; and

e)    Provide net gains for biodiversity.

Sensitive treatment will also need to be given to Mill Farm, which is a listed building, and its setting. An archaeological investigation may be required dependent on the nature of the groundworks involved.

To include reference to ecological enhancements as part of the country park. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Suffolk Wildlife Trust (July 2019). See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.1 – SCLP12.33 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

See ‘Note on SCLP12.23 Land off Lower Road and Westerfield Road (Ipswich Garden Suburb Country Park)’ (February 2020) (Document J39)



 

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Paragraph 12.210

Modification to paragraph 12.210:

Suffolk Coastal District borders Ipswich Borough. The Ipswich Borough boundary is tightly drawn and to assist with enabling the housing need for Ipswich to be met within the Borough, land at Humber Doucy Lane within Suffolk Coastal District is identified as an allocation for housing development which would come forward as part of a masterplanned approach including land within Ipswich Borough. It would not be appropriate for the land in Suffolk Coastal District to come forward without the land in Ipswich Borough as access to the site is required through land in Ipswich Borough. An equivalent policy relating to land within Ipswich Borough is being established through the Ipswich Local Plan, which is currently under preparation.

For clarity. See ‘Matter 3 - Note on Policy SCLP12.24 Land at Humber Doucy Lane’ (October 2019) (Document J10)

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Paragraph 12.212

Modification to paragraph 12.212:

The area of land in Ipswich Borough includes the land to the immediate south west of the site and the land to the immediate north west of the site. Development should also seek to preserve the significance of the Listed Buildings to the north and east of the site. These are Allens House, Laceys Farmhouse, and the Garden Store north of Villa Farmhouse.

To reflect the proximity of Listed Buildings. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Historic England (August 2019)

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Paragraph 12.215

Modification to paragraph 12.215:

The site is identified to come forward post 2031 to enable the delivery of the Ipswich Garden Suburb to become well established and for infrastructure such as the primary school associated with the Ipswich Garden Suburb to be delivered.  The site is in close proximity to the Ipswich Garden Suburb, a strategic allocation in the adopted Ipswich Local Plan which is anticipated to deliver approximately 3,500 dwellings and other uses, including three new primary schools, largely over the course of the Local Plan period. Primary school capacity is a current constraint on development at Humber Doucy Lane coming forward, and it is anticipated that additional capacity can be provided through the planned new provision at the Ipswich Garden Suburb to ensure there is adequate provision for this development. This is anticipated to affect the timing of development coming forward.

To clarify the position on primary school capacity. See ‘Matter 3 - Note on Policy SCLP12.24 Land at Humber Doucy Lane’ (October 2019) (Document J10)

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New paragraph after paragraph 12.218

Insert new paragraph after paragraph 12.218:

Project level Habitats Regulation Assessment will be required and should be carried out alongside the master planning process, considering the whole site along with the adjacent allocation in Ipswich Borough. Project level HRA will need to demonstrate that adverse effects can be prevented with long term mitigation measures.

To set out that a project level HRA would need to consider the full site.

See ‘Matter 3 - Note on Policy SCLP12.24 Land at Humber Doucy Lane’ (October 2019) (Document J10)

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Policy SCLP12.24

Policy SCLP12.24: Land at Humber Doucy Lane

9.9ha of land to the east of Humber Doucy Lane is identified to come forward for the development of approximately 150 dwellings in conjunction with land identified in the Ipswich Local Plan. post 2031. Development will only come forward as part of a master planned approach with land in Ipswich Borough.

Development will be expected to comply with the following criteria:

a)      Delivery of a high quality design incorporating a mix of housing types, including affordable housing on-site;

b)     A site-specific Flood Risk Assessment will be required;

c)      Provision of 0.1ha of land for an early years setting if needed within the part of the site in Suffolk Coastal District;

d)     Contribution to the creation of a ‘green trail rim’ around Ipswich and provision of on-site open space;

e)   Provision for sufficient primary school spaces;

e)  f)     Provision of a soft edge to the urban area through the provision of significant 

               landscaping;

 f)   g)    Promotion of the use of sustainable modes of transport; and

 g)  h)    An archaeological assessment will be required.;  

        i)    Design, layout and landscaping of the development should be carefully designed to preserve the setting of the nearby listed buildings; and

        j)    A project level Habitats Regulations Assessment will be required.

Development will be accessed via Humber Doucy Lane. A Transport Assessment will be required to identify any necessary improvements to highways and junctions on Humber Doucy Lane and Tuddenham Road.

To reflect infrastructure requirements.

See ‘Matter 3 - Note on Policy SCLP12.24 Land at Humber Doucy Lane’ (October 2019) (Document J10)

To ensure consideration is given to nearby Listed Buildings. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Historic England (August 2019)

 



 

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Paragraph 12.225

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Land at Suffolk Police Headquarters, Portal Avenue is allocated for development of 300 dwellings. The Suffolk Police Headquarters site is situated on the northern edge of Martlesham Heath with vehicle access onto the A1214 via Portal Avenue. Suffolk Constabulary have indicated that they intend to vacate the site during the plan period., and thus it is expected that redevelopment of the site would come forward as part of a programme of re-provision of Police facilities. However, it is understood the Police Investigation Centre (PIC) located directly adjacent to the eastern site boundary will be retained in use.  The existing buildings on the site are becoming dated and are unlikely to provide the high quality office space which would meet modern day needs. This provides an opportunity to plan positively to deliver dwellings and community uses on a brownfield site. The site is well connected to the Martlesham Heath District Centre by existing walking and cycling infrastructure that could be enhanced through redevelopment of the site.

To set out the position in relation to the site coming forward and the location of the Police Investigation Centre.

See ‘Matter 4 - Note on Policy SCLP12.25 Suffolk Police Headquarters, Portal Avenue, Martlesham Heath’ (November 2019) (Document J27)

See ‘Note on SCLP12.25 Suffolk Police Headquarters, Martlesham’ (February 2020) (Document J51)

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Paragraph 12.227

Modifications to paragraph 12.227:

The Martlesham Neighbourhood Plan was ‘made’ in July 2018. Policy MAR5 identifies a need for bungalows, flats and sheltered accommodation in Martlesham Heath. Due to its physical separation from the lower density parts of the village and its accessible location, iIt is considered that this site lends itself to incorporating a mix of providing flatted development and small, high density units in a manner which contributes to a high quality of design, due to its physical separation from the lower density parts of the village.

To clarify the approach relating to design and density.

See ‘Matter 4 - Note on Policy SCLP12.25 Suffolk Police Headquarters, Portal Avenue, Martlesham Heath’ (November 2019) (Document J27)

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Paragraph 12.228

Modifications to paragraph 12.228:

In the west of the site there are currently sports pitches. The existing sports facilities on the site provide an opportunity to increase provision of such facilities for all age groups by exploring arrangements to make them available for community use, as supported in Policy SCLP12.17 SCLP12.18. The Martlesham Neighbourhood Plan supports measures to address the lack of sports facilities for all ages and the underuse of the Police Headquarters sports facilities. The Martlesham Neighbourhood Plan identifies a need for additional sports provision in the village and therefore it is expected that provision of sports facilities for use by the community should be provided as part of the proposals. In identifying provision for open space and sports facilities, consideration should also be given to any needs being met by the existing sports provision on site, and any loss of provision, including through the proposed creation of alternative sports uses. Existing open space and sports facilities provision should be assessed in terms of whether it is surplus to requirements, would be replaced elsewhere or redevelopment of the site would incorporate equivalent or better provision in respect of quantity and quality. Owing to the existing facilities on site, the policy expects that open space and sports provision would be made available for the community through the redevelopment of the site.

Typographical amendment

To set out further detail on loss / provision of open space. See ‘Matter 4 - Note on Policy SCLP12.25 Suffolk Police Headquarters, Portal Avenue, Martlesham Heath’ (November 2019) (Document J27)

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Paragraph 12.230

Modification to paragraph 12.230:

This site affects an area of extremely high archaeological significance and potential, on the former Martlesham Heath in the area of a series of at least eight Bronze-Age/prehistoric barrows which are either extant monuments or cropmarks. Three of the aforementioned eight bowl barrows are Scheduled Monuments and are outside but in close proximity to the site boundary to the north and west. The centre of the site includes below ground remains of one of these eight bowl barrows. One of these, a cropmark, lies on the site itself. Anglo-Saxon round barrows are recorded to the east and Prehistoric and Roman finds are also recorded in the vicinity. There is particular potential for archaeological remains of the barrow and associated burials to survive on the site, along with prehistoric and Anglo-Saxon satellite burials and activity. The site is also within the extent of Martlesham airfield. This site has never been the subject of systematic archaeological investigations and previously unidentified remains may exist on the site which could be damaged or destroyed by development. The impact of past land use is not known.

To provide further detail on archaeological assets.

See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Historic England (August 2019)

See ‘Matter 4 - Note on Policy SCLP12.25 Suffolk Police Headquarters, Portal Avenue, Martlesham Heath’ (November 2019) (Document J27)

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Paragraph 12.231

Modifications to paragraph 12.231:

The site presents an opportunity to provide outdoor spaces, exercise trails, community facilities and shared work / meeting space. The natural woodland surroundings, sports facilities and location in relation to networks of green infrastructure present an opportunity to provide community facilities such as allotments and sports pitches which would benefit the wider community. Opportunities for community ownership and/or management of such community facilities could be explored. Permeability throughout the site and linking into the existing public rights of way network is strongly encouraged, with particular regard to pedestrian and cycle accessibility.

To add reference to potential for community ownership and management. See ‘Matter 4 - Note on Policy SCLP12.25 Suffolk Police Headquarters, Portal Avenue, Martlesham Heath’ (November 2019) (Document J27)

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Paragraph 12.232

Modification to Paragraph 12.232:

The design, and layout and landscaping of the development will need to have regard to the amenity of residents alongside in relation to any continued use of surrounding areas of land for police functions, including to ensure that their quality of life is not undermined by the fear of crime.

To reflect the proximity of the Police Investigation Centre.

See ‘Note on SCLP12.25 Suffolk Police Headquarters, Martlesham’ (February 2020) (Document J51)

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Policy SCLP12.25

Policy SCLP12.25: Suffolk Police HQ, Portal Avenue, Martlesham

10.7ha of land at the Suffolk Police Headquarters Site is allocated for the development of approximately 300 dwellings, which is expected to come forward as part of a programme for the re-provision of Police facilities. Development will be expected to comply with the following criteria:

a)      Delivery of a high quality, high density residential scheme incorporating flats and mix of residences to meet local needs including provision of properties that would be suitable for older persons;

b)      Delivery of a distinctive scheme in the wider context of the Martlesham Heath hamlets and the important gaps between them;

c)      Provision of affordable housing on-site;

d)      If needed at the time of a planning application, 0.1ha of land on the site should be reserved for a new pre-school setting;

e)      An archaeological assessment is required;

f)       A site-specific Flood Risk Assessment is required;

g)      The mature woodland areas should be retained and be accessible;

h)      Provision of open space providing opportunities for all ages;

i)       Provision of allotments which are accessible to residents and the wider community;

j)       Provision of sports facilities with opportunities for community use;

k)   Proposals involving the loss of any existing open space, sports and recreational provision will need to demonstrate that such provision is surplus to requirements, that the loss would be replaced by equivalent or better provision in terms of quantity and quality or that the benefits of alternative sports and recreation provision outweigh any loss;

K) l) Significantly enhance permeability through the site and linking into adjacent pedestrian and cycle routes; and

l) m) Provision of an ancillary area of communal workspace supporting social interaction and cohesion.;

n)   An ecological survey will be required, and any necessary mitigation provided;

o)   Design, layout and landscaping to respect the site’s close proximity to three Scheduled Monuments, and a Bowl Barrow on site; and

p)    Any Police operations retained in use on and/or adjacent to the site will be addressed through scheme design, layout and landscaping, to ensure that the quality of life for future and existing residents, including in the surrounding area, is not undermined by the fear of crime.

First paragraph – to clarify the expectations around the site coming forward.

Criterion a) – to reflect the potential for properties to meet needs of older people.

Criterion k) – for consistency with the NPPF.

Criterion n) to reflect ecological assets.

See ‘Matter 4 - Note on Policy SCLP12.25 Suffolk Police Headquarters, Portal Avenue, Martlesham Heath’ (November 2019) (Document J27)

Criterion o) – to reflect archaeological assets. See Statement of Common Ground agreed between

ESC and Historic England (August 2019)

Criterion p) - To reflect the proximity of the Police Investigation Centre. See ‘Note on SCLP12.25 Suffolk Police Headquarters, Martlesham’ (February 2020) (Document J51)

 



 

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Paragraph 12.286

Modification to paragraph 12.286:

The Heritage Impact Assessment advises that built development in this part of the site should be avoided. Proposals on the site would need to consider their impact on heritage assets and their settings, including those identified in the Heritage Impact Assessment; Grade II* Listed Church of St John the Baptist, Grade II Listed Hurts Hall, Saxmundham Conservation Area, Grade II Listed Crown House, Grade II Listed The White House, Grade II Listed Monks Cottages, and Grade II Listed Benhall Stores.

To reflect the proximity of heritage assets. See Statement of Common Ground agreed between

ESC and Historic England (August 2019)

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Paragraph 12.288

Modification to paragraph 12.288 including splitting to create new paragraph:

To reduce the impact of the development and alongside providing for sufficient SANG areas, significant green infrastructure provision and areas of natural green space for recreation should be integral to the layout of the Garden Neighbourhood. Reflecting the heritage sensitivities and requirements for SANG, the Policy sets out that any uses to be delivered on land to the east of the railway are to be open space/SANG provision only. However, provision of open space and enhancements related to provision of SANG do not need to be confined to land to the east of the railway. Alongside this, the delivery of an integrated network of green infrastructure is expected to be provided throughout the Garden Neighbourhood.

These areasGreen infrastructure will provide amenity value for the future community and, a variety of habitats for wildlife. Green areas will also reduce the perception of settlement coalescence between the built up areas of Benhall and Saxmundham. Ensuring the provision of appropriate green infrastructure is a fundamental part of the creation of a new community in this part of the District and will complement the existing areas of woodland, the public rights of way and the adjacent countryside. Particular attention will need to be paid to how movements will take place between the areas to the east and west of the railway. The northern part of the area to the west of the B1121 known as The Layers provides an open setting to Hurts Hall, and has the potential to be enhanced to provide a high quality area of open space which makes the most of its history and links with surrounding heritage as well as potentially contributing to SANGs requirements. Any enhancements in relation to the provision of open space in this area need to be sympathetic to the character and setting of this area and heritage assets. The southern part of this area There may be potential within the land to the east of the railway adjoining the B1121 could remain in itsfor existing uses to remain, and links could be retained between Benhall and the rest of the Garden Neighbourhood through existing footpaths.

To reflect changes to Policy SCLP12.29 and to set out the approach to land east of the railway.

See ‘Note on SCLP12.29 South Saxmundham Garden Neighbourhood’ (March 2020) (Document J52)

See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.1 – SCLP12.33 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

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Paragraph 12.290

Modification to Paragraph 12.290:

The indicative masterplan provides an indication of how the principles outlined above could be incorporated within the Garden Neighbourhood. The masterplan shows that the area to the east of the railway is expected to be characterised by the provision of informal and formal open space whilst the area to the west of the railway is expected towill provide forthe focus for mixed use development linked to employment uses to the west of the A12.

To reflect changes related to land to the east of the railway. See ‘Note on SCLP12.29 South Saxmundham Garden Neighbourhood’ (March 2020) (Document J52)

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Paragraph 12.291

Amend paragraph 12.291 to read:

Consultation responses and engagement with Suffolk County Council have highlighted the need for increased primary school provision in the Saxmundham area. Limited capacity in existing schools is increasingly acting as a barrier to the future development of Saxmundham and the surrounding communities. The provision of a primary school with early years provision would support future development in this part of the District. The exact location of a new primary school with early years provision will need to be considered early in the master planning stages to ensure it is an integral and accessible part of the design and layout of the new development, and opportunities to benefit from shared facilities with Saxmundham Free School will be supported. Early years capacity is forecast to be exceeded in the area over the plan period, and therefore new provision is expected to be provided alongside the new primary school. In addition, to meet forecast need, the policy also requires provision for a new early years setting on 0.1ha of land unless suitable and accessible accommodation is available elsewhere. At the time of a planning application, it will need to be demonstrated either that provision is to be made on site, or that there is certainty that suitable provision can be provided elsewhere.

To clarify policy in relation to early years provision. See Statement of Common ground between ESC and Suffolk County Council (August 2019). See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.1 – SCLP12.33 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

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Paragraph 12.311

Modification to paragraph 12.311:

The site is located within a Minerals Consultation Area as defined by Suffolk County Council as the Minerals Planning Authority. Therefore any planning application should be supported by evidence which assesses the quality and quantity of sand and gravel resources on site in order to help judge whether on-site resources should be used on-site during development, as directed by the Policy. This may help reduce the amount of material transported on and off site during development.

To reflect amendments to Policy SCLP12.29.

See ‘Note on Minerals Consultation Area policy criteria’ (February 2020) (Document J37)

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Policy SCLP12.29: South Saxmundham Garden Neighbourhood

Approximately 66.6ha67.8ha of land for a garden neighbourhood is identified to the south of Saxmundham, which includes land within the parish of Benhall, for an education led development, comprising primary school provision, community facilities, employment land and open space alongside a variety of residential development. This new development will be delivered through a master plan approach brought forward through landowner collaboration and community engagement.

Critical to the success of this master plan will be the integration of the new garden neighbourhood with the existing community of Benhall and Saxmundham, as well as taking into account the location of the site.

The master plan should be informed by community engagement and include:

a)      Provision of a one form of entry primary school on a 2.2ha site to enable further expansion and early years provision;

b)     0.13ha of land on the site should be reserved for a furthernew early years setting should suitable and accessible alternative provision not be available elsewhere. Proportionate contributions will be required towards the additional early years provision;

c)      Community hub* comprising a variety of services and facilities to be located in an accessible location;

d)     Project level Habitats Regulations Assessment and a significant area of Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace which is designed to mitigate impacts on European protected sites;

e)     Provision of green infrastructure, including informal and formal open spaces, circular walks, and retention and enhancement of the natural features on the site such as trees, woodland and hedgerows to be incorporated into the layout of the development;

f)       Formal recreational opportunities to cater for all ages, including play space;

g)      Public rights of way on the site should be preserved and enhanced;

h)     Biodiversity networks and habitats to be preserved and enhanced, including measures to enhance biodiversity within housing areas;;

i)       Design and layout that supports a dementia friendly environment;

j)       Design and development of the site which, having regard to the Council’s South Saxmundham Garden Neighbourhood Heritage Impact Assessment, is sympathetic to the south entrance of Saxmundham, the Conservation Area and heritage assets, and views of the sensitive landscape and heritage setting to the east,. A as informed by a heritage impact assessment will be required;

k)      Proportionate archaeological assessment;

l)       A site-specific Flood Risk Assessment which considers the cumulative impact on receptors off site;

m)    Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) to reduce the risk of surface water flooding and sewer flooding;

n)     Evidence is required to demonstrate there is adequate Water Recycling Centre capacity or that capacity can be made available;

o)     Provision of new vehicular access point from the A12 supported by safe access for cyclists and pedestrians;

p)     Significant pedestrian and cycle accessibility throughout the site, with connections and improvements to networks beyond the site, including to the station and town centre;

q)     Provision of a Transport Assessment, with particular regard to the capacity of the B1121/B1119 signalised crossroads;

r)      Employment land to the west of the A12, to be masterplanned and delivered as part of the Garden Neighbourhood;

s)      Approximately 800 dwellings of a range of types, sizes and tenures including housing to meet the needs of older people, younger and vulnerable people, and provision of self-build plots, including affordable housing on site;

t)      Provision of appropriate police, community safety and cohesion facilities.;

u)    Any planning application should be supported by evidence which assesses the quality and quantity of sand and gravel resources on site in order to determine whether on-site resources should be used on-site during development; and

v)   The area of land east of the railway is identified for the provision of open space and Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG), to be masterplanned and delivered as part of the garden neighbourhood. The retention of existing uses on land to the east of the railway would be supported where this complements the delivery of open space and SANG.

The necessary off-site infrastructure requirements, including health provision and police facilities will be required through developer contributions. and water recycling upgrades undertaken by Anglian Water through the Asset Management Plan Confirmation of adequate capacity in the foul sewerage network or action to upgrade to create the required capacity will be required. Including, but not limited to, water recycling upgrades.

Any necessary off-site transport improvements will need to be provided to the satisfaction of Suffolk County Council.

* For the purposes of this policy services and facilities could include convenience store, shops, meeting places, allotments, education facilities, care facilities and medical facilities.

First paragraph – To correct error.

Criterion b) - To clarify policy in relation to early years provision. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Suffolk County Council (August 2019).

Criterion h) – Typographical amendment

Criterion j) – See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Historic England (August 2019)

Criterion u) – To set out approach to consideration of potential minerals resources. See ‘See ‘Note on Minerals Consultation Area policy criteria’ (February 2020) (Document J37)

Criterion v) – To set out the approach to land east of the railway. See ‘Note on SCLP12.29 South Saxmundham Garden Neighbourhood’ (March 2020) (Document J52)

Penultimate paragraph - For clarity. See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.1 – SCLP12.33 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

 



 

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Policy SCLP12.30

Policy SCLP12.30: Land North-East of Street Farm, Saxmundham

2.18ha of land north-east of Street Farm, Saxmundham, as shown on the Policies Map, is identified for residential use for approximately 40 units.

Development will be expected to accord with the following criteria:

a)      Provision of affordable housing;

b)     Main access through existing residential developments off Church Hill;

c)      Potential to improve east-west access across the site to provide pedestrian and cycle access to the north end of the High Street;

d)     A contribution towards new early years provision is required;

e)     Need to provide a strong planted boundary to the east of the site where it abuts the open countryside;

f)       Transport assessment required;

g)      A site-specific flood risk assessment is required;

h)     An archaeological assessment will be required;

i)       An ecological survey will be required; and

j)       Evidence is required to demonstrate there is adequate Water Recycling Centre capacity or that capacity can be made available.; and

k)    Confirmation of adequate capacity in the foul sewerage network or action to upgrade to create the required capacity.

If opportunities arise, applicants should explore options to link with wider redevelopment options around Street Farm Road (currently a mix of offices, Suffolk County Offices, Library, Vets practice and hand car wash).

For consistency. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Anglian Water (August 2019). See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.1 – SCLP12.33 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

 



 

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Paragraph 12.336

Modification to paragraph 12.336:

The design of the development will need to be distinctive and innovative whilst appropriate in terms of the proximity to the Grade II Listed Maltings Cottage and Woodbridge Conservation Area as well as the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the prehistoric settlement and group of barrows at Sutton Hoo.

To set out that impacts on Sutton Hoo are a consideration. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Historic England (August 2019)

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Policy SCLP12.32

Policy SCLP12.32: Former Council Offices, Melton Hill

1.33ha of land at the Former Council Offices, Melton Hill, is allocated for a residential-led mixed use development of approximately 100 dwellings.

Development will be expected to be of an exemplar, high quality design, and comply with the following criteria:

a)      Provision of a mix of units including a predominance of flatted dwellings, including affordable housing on-site;

b)     Design, layout and height of buildings to be appropriate to the site’s location in proximity to heritage assets and the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty;

c)      Provision of a high standard of sustainable design;

d)     Provision of open space providing opportunities for all ages;

e)     A site-specific Flood Risk Assessment will be required;

f)       Project level Habitats Regulations Assessment will be required;

g)      Evidence is required to demonstrate there is adequate Water Recycling Centre capacity or that capacity can be made available; and

h)     Measures to promote non-car modes of travel.; and

i)     Confirmation of adequate capacity in the foul sewerage network or action to upgrade to create the required capacity.

The provision of small scale community and A3 uses will be supported where they do not have a significant impact on the town centre.

For consistency. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Anglian Water (August 2019). See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.1 – SCLP12.33 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

 



 

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Paragraph 12.350

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The site is currently occupied by Woodbridge Town Football Club however it is acknowledged that a new location for the football club will need to be identified during the Local Plan period. The allocation of this site is intended to provide a degree of certainty to the football club and the community in identifying options for relocation of the site. Critical to the policy is that the development of the site would only be supported as part of a comprehensive scheme within which the football club is facilitated in relocating to a suitable location in compliance with the criteria set out in the policy. The policy criteria include a requirement for equivalent or better management and accessibility arrangements to be provided, which aims to ensure that users can continue to access the new facility and relates to matters such as any community use agreements. within the town, which is accessible by non-car modes of transport.

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Policy SCLP12.33

Policy SCLP12.33: Land at Woodbridge Town Football Club

4.16ha of land at Woodbridge Town Football Club is allocated for housing for approximately 120 dwellings associated with the relocation of the football club.

Development will only be supported as part of a proposal which would establish suitable replacement facilities for the football club. which provide equivalent or better provision of football club facilities within a location which is accessible to the community by non-car modes of transport.

Development on the site allocated under this policy will be expected to comply with the following criteria:

a)      Provision of a mix of housing including housing suitable to meet the needs of the elderly population and including affordable housing;

b)     Design, layout and height of buildings appropriate to the site’s location adjacent to the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty;

c)      Retention and strengthening of the existing landscaping and trees on the perimeter of the site;

d)     Provision of open space providing opportunities for all ages;

e)     An archaeological assessment will be required;

f)       A site-specific Flood Risk Assessment will be required;

g)      A project level Habitats Regulations Assessment will be required;

h)     Provision of a robust package of sustainable transport measures which promote connectivity with the town; and

i)       Access to be provided via Fynn Road.

Proposals for the relocation of the football club will be expected to comply with the following criteria:

j)    The football club to be replaced in a way which provides equivalent or better provision in quantitative and qualitative terms;

k)   The replacement facility must be fully brought into use in advance of the loss of any existing facilities to ensure continuity of provision unless exceptional circumstances are demonstrated and an appropriate alternative timescale securing the delivery of the replacement provision is proposed and agreed with the Council;

l)     An appropriate highways access should be provided;

m)  The site must be in a suitable location to meet the needs of users of the site and accessible to the community by non-car modes of transport;

n)   There should be no unacceptable impact on the amenity of any adjoining residential uses in terms of noise and light pollution;

o)    An appropriate landscape mitigation scheme should be provided if necessary; and

p)   The new facility should be operated to equivalent or better accessibility and management arrangements.

 



 

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Policy SCLP12.34

Policy SCLP12.34: Strategy for the Rural Areas

The strategy for the rural areas is to support and enhance the vitality of rural communities and enhance the visitor experience whilst protecting and enhancing landscapes, and the natural, built and historic environment.

The strategy for rural areas seeks to deliver:

a)      Opportunities for employment development alongside the protection of existing employment uses;

b)     Improvements to connectivity and accessibility, including through continued improvements to high speed broadband and mobile phone coverage;

c)      The provision of new housing which contributes to providing a mix of housing choice in rural areas and helps to sustain rural communities, including through allocations in or well related to Large Villages and Small Villages;

d)     Enhancements to the visitor experience;

e)     Protection and enhancement of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, whilst also recognising the value of locally important landscapes;

f)       Protection of designated habitats, priority habitats and protected species, including managing the effects of increased visitor pressure on the European protected sites, and seeking to provide enhancements for biodiversity; and

g)      Conservation and enhancement of valuable heritage assets.

To avoid undermining references to ‘heritage assets’. See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.34 – SCLP12.72 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

 



 

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Paragraphs 12.371 to 12.396 and Policy SCLP12.35

Delete Policy SCLP12.35: Land at Innocence Farm, supporting text and cross references from the Final Draft Local Plan. 

Modifications to the following as consequential changes:

Page 15 – Amend paragraph 2.1 - ….., and housing delivery by providing significant areas of land to support the Port of Felixstowe and to attract investment through the creation of a new business park,…….

Page 29 - Amend reference to the Port of Felixstowe in the third bullet point in the green box below paragraph 3.11 - Provision of land to sSupporting the Port of Felixstowe

Page 30 - Delete the last sentence of paragraph 3.15

Page 36 - Policy SCLP3.1 – Criterion a) – delete the word ‘significantly’

Page 36 - Policy SCLP3.1 – Amend criterion h) - New strategic employment allocations based around key transport corridors, including to support the Port of Felixstowe;

Page 37 - Key Diagram – Remove employment allocation at Innocence Farm

Page 61 – Amend paragraph 4.13 - …..The Local Plan allocates a new employment areas close to the A14 at Felixstowe and at the Seven Hills junction of the A12 and A14,………..

Page 61 – Amend the first sentence of paragraph 4.14 - Economic growth related to the logistics sector and the Port of Felixstowe can provide opportunities for strategic scale employment development.

Page 63 – Delete last bullet point of paragraph 4.22

Page 192 – Amend paragraph 12.12 - ……Felixstowe and Saxmundham, and focussing strategic employment allocations in relation to the Port of Felixstowe and on the A14/A12.

Page 193 – Delete the last sentence of paragraph 12.18

Page 203 – Delete reference to Innocence Farm, Policy SCLP12.35 in paragraph 12.49

Page 219 – Delete paragraph 12.113

Page 434 – Delete reference to Policy SCLP12.35 from Appendix A (Policy Delivery Framework)

Page 449 - Delete reference to Policy SCLP12.35 from Appendix B (Infrastructure Delivery Framework)

Page 454 – Delete reference to Innocence Farm from Appendix B (Utilities)

Page 490 - Delete reference to Policy SCLP12.35 from Appendix C (Monitoring Framework)

Page 534 – Amend the first sentence of the introduction text for Appendix L - The key evidence base documents supportinginforming the preparation of the Local Plan are listed below and can be viewed on the Council`s website.

Renumber throughout the plan Policy number references SCLP12.36 to SCLP12.72 (number to go down by one)

See letter from the Inspector dated 31st January 2020.

 



 

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Policy SCLP12.38: Levington Park, Levington

Levington Park, as identified on the Policies Map, is an existing low key employment site, some 3.29ha in size.

Development will be expected to accord with the following criteria:

a)      In order to reflect its former use, its sensitive location and poor road access, the Council will continue to resist any significant intensification of use which would have a demonstrable adverse impact on surrounding uses;

b)     A site-specific Flood Risk Assessment will be required;

c)      Project level Habitats Regulations Assessment will be required;

d)     An archaeological investigation may be required depending on the nature of the groundworks; and

e)     Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment will be required. Project level Habitats Regulations Assessment will be required.

To remove duplication and reflect the proximity of the AONB. See Statement of Common ground between ESC and Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB Partnership (August 2019). See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.34 – SCLP12.72 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

 



 

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Policy SCLP12.39: Land at Silverlace Green (former airfield) Parham

Land at Silverlace Green as identified on the Policies Map comprises some 2.24 hectares of employment land. Within the site 0.98 hectares of land remains vacant. The site contains lawful uses within Use Classes B1 and B2.

Planning permission will be granted for new employment provision, including re-development or refurbishment of existing buildings provided that:

a)      The use is restricted to activities falling within Use Classes B1 and B2;

b)     A transport assessment can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Highway authority that the scale of the proposed use and type of traffic generated is acceptable in terms of impact on the local road network;

c)      Existing screening to the site boundaries is retained and if appropriate increased to limit the visual impact of development;

d)     The proposals address the need to manage the relationship between new uses and the existing waste facility on the site;

e)     Evidence is required to demonstrate there is adequate provision for treatment at the Water Recycling Centre or that this can be provided;

f)       Adequate sewage treatment facilities are provided;

g)      A drainage strategy is approved and implemented before development proceeds;

h)     Investigation of potential contamination at the site has been undertaken prior to submission of any planning application;

i)       A site-specific Flood Risk Assessment is provided for development of 1ha or more;

j)       Any new building or extension to an existing building is acceptable in terms of visual impact on landscape character; and

k)      Where appropriate, measures have been taken to assess and manage any heritage assets on the site.; and

l)     Confirmation of adequate capacity in the foul sewerage network or action to upgrade to create the required capacity.

For consistency. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Anglian Water (August 2019). See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.34 – SCLP12.72 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

 



 

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Policy SCLP12.40: Former airfield Parham

The former airfield at Parham as identified on the Policies Map comprises some 5.72 hectares of employment land. 1.67ha of land remains vacant. The site contains lawful uses within Use Classes B1 and B2.

Planning permission will be granted for new employment provision, including re-development or refurbishment of existing buildings provided that:

a)      The use is restricted to activities falling within Use Classes B1 and B2;

b)     A transport assessment can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Highway Authority that the scale of the proposed use and type of traffic generated is acceptable in terms of impact on the local road network;

c)      Evidence is required to demonstrate there is adequate provision for treatment at the Water Recycling Centre or that this can be provided;

d)      A site-specific Flood Risk Assessment is provided for proposals of 1ha or more;

e)     A drainage strategy is approved and implemented before development proceeds;

f)       Existing screening to the site boundaries is retained and if appropriate increased to limit the visual impact of development; and

g)      Where appropriate, measures have been taken to assess and manage any heritage assets on the site.; and

h)    Confirmation of adequate capacity in the foul sewerage network or action to upgrade to create the required capacity.

For consistency. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Anglian Water (August 2019). See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.34 – SCLP12.72 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

 



 

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Policy SCLP12.42: Riverside Industrial Estate, Border Cot Lane, Wickham Market

Riverside Industrial Estate comprises 2.04ha of land with permission for a mix of B1 and B2 type uses as shown on the Policies Map.

The Council will continue to support proposals for re-development or intensification of B1 and B2 uses within the defined area where it can be demonstrated that schemes are acceptable in terms of impact on the local highway network, and nearby residential uses. Design will also be an issue given the sites location on the edge of the village and the fact that it is surrounded by countryside of attractive and distinctive river valley landscape character.

Planning permission will be granted for new employment provision, including re-development or refurbishment of existing buildings subject to proposals demonstrating:

a)      iInvestigation of potential contamination on the site prior to the submission of a planning application;

b)     A site-specific Flood Risk Assessment for proposals of 1ha or more;

c)      Adequate capacity in the foul sewerage network or that capacity can be made available;

d)     Provision for an archaeological investigation depending on the nature of the groundworks;

e)     Evidence is required to demonstrate there is adequate provision for treatment at the Water Recycling Centre or that this can be provided; and

f)       A transport assessment to assess the impact of the proposal on the local highways network.; and

g)    Confirmation of adequate capacity in the foul sewerage network or action to upgrade to create the required capacity.

For consistency. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Anglian Water (August 2019). See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.34 – SCLP12.72 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

 



 

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Policy SCLP12.44: Land South of Forge Close between Main Road and Ayden, Benhall

1.76ha of land south of Forge Close between Main Road and Ayden, Benhall, as shown on the Policies Map, is identified for the development of approximately 50 dwellings.

Development will be expected to accord with the following criteria:

a)      The development to be served by the existing access to the north of the site from Main Road, and upgrading to the access to the satisfaction of the Highways Authority;

b)     The design and layout of the development to provide for higher density terraced and semi detached properties in the western part of the site well integrated with the adjacent open space, and including provision of properties that would be suitable for older persons;

c)      Affordable housing to be provided on site;

d)     Provision of well integrated public open space to act as a focal point for the development and to make provision for all ages;

e)     Contribution towards early years provision;

f)       Provision of appropriate landscaping to the south western boundary of the site;

g)      Enhanced pedestrian permeability and cycle access will be required;

h)     A site-specific Flood Risk Assessment;

i)       Surface water disposal to be in accordance with the water management hierarchy; 

j)       Evidence is required to demonstrate there is adequate Water Recycling Centre capacity or that capacity can be made available; and

k)      Contribution to enhancement of the local electricity network.; and

l)    Confirmation of adequate capacity in the foul sewerage network or action to upgrade to create the required capacity.

For consistency. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Anglian Water (August 2019). See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.34 – SCLP12.72 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

 



 

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Policy SCLP12.45: Land to the South East of Levington Lane, Bucklesham

1.4ha of land to the south east of Levington Lane, Bucklesham, as shown on the Policies Map, is identified for the development of approximately 30 dwellings.

Development will be expected to accord with the following criteria:

a)      Design and layout to reflect the linear nature of Levington Lane, with semi detached or terraced properties provided on the frontage with Levington Lane;

b)     Affordable housing to be provided on site;

c)      Retention of trees and hedgerows along the frontage with Levington Lane where possible;

d)     Landscaping and boundary treatments appropriate to the rural character of the area surrounding the site to the east and south;

e)     Evidence is required to demonstrate there is adequate Water Recycling Centre capacity or that capacity can be made available; and

f)       Provision of a footpath to connect the site with the footpaths to the north of the site, and widening of Levington Lane along western boundary of site where necessary.; and

g)    Confirmation of adequate capacity in the foul sewerage network or action to upgrade to create the required capacity.

For consistency. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Anglian Water (August 2019). See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.34 – SCLP12.72 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

 



 

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Policy SCLP12.46: Land to the South of Station Road, Campsea Ashe

0.34ha of land to the south of Station Road, Campsea Ashe, as shown on the Policies Map, is identified for the development of approximately 12 dwellings.

Development will be expected to comply with the following criteria:

a)      Design and layout of the development to reflect the site’s location close to Listed Buildings, and the rural character of the location;

b)     Existing hedgerows and trees to be retained wherever possible;

c)      Retention of the pond in the eastern part of the site;

d)     Provision of appropriate boundary treatment to the southern border of the site reflecting the character of the local landscape;

e)     Provision of affordable housing on site;

f)       Provision of a biodiversity survey, and appropriate mitigation where required;

g)      Evidence is required to demonstrate there is adequate provision for treatment at the Water Recycling Centre or that this can be provided; and

h)     Surface water disposal to be in accordance with the water management hierarchy.; and

i)    Confirmation of adequate capacity in the foul sewerage network or action to upgrade to create the required capacity.

For consistency. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Anglian Water (August 2019). See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.34 – SCLP12.72 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

 



 

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Paragraph 12.499

Add text to paragraph 12.499 to read:

The site is allocated for development of approximately 20 dwellings. The site slopes gently upwards to the east, and is bounded by existing trees and hedgerows on all sides. To integrate with the more rural areas to the north, development proposals should retain these hedgerows and trees. There are records of protected species in the vicinity of the site, and the retention of trees and hedgerows which form the boundary of the site alongside inclusion of permeable features would help to support biodiversity in and around the site.

To reflect identification of priority species in the vicinity of the site. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Suffolk Wildlife Trust (July 2019). See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.34 – SCLP12.72 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

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SCLP12.47

Policy SCLP12.47: Land behind 15 St Peters Close, Charsfield

0.87 ha of land behind St Peters Close, Charsfield, as shown on the Policies Map, is identified for the development of approximately 20 dwellings.

Development will be expected to comply with the following criteria:

a)      Design, layout and landscaping of the development to be carefully designed to reflect the site’s location close to the Grade I St Peter’s Church;

b)     Provision of a mix of housing including smaller properties and bungalows and provision of affordable housing on site;

c)      A contribution towards new early years provision in Wickham Market ward;

d)     Retention of hedgerows and trees along the boundaries of the site;

e)     Evidence is required to demonstrate there is adequate Water Recycling Centre capacity and provision for treatment or that this can be provided; and

f)       Provision of a pedestrian link to the recreation ground to the east.;

g)    An ecological survey will be required, and any necessary mitigation provided; and

h)    Confirmation of adequate capacity in the foul sewerage network or action to upgrade to create the required capacity.

Criterion g) - To reflect identification of priority species in the vicinity of the site. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Suffolk Wildlife Trust (July 2019).

Criterion h) - For consistency. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Anglian Water (August 2019).

See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.34 – SCLP12.72 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

 



 

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Paragraph 12.512

Amend the second sentence of paragraph 12.512 to read:

Development should resist the planting of horticulture such as Poplar in this landscape to integrate the site with the character of the adjacent Parklandavoid change to the character of its woodland.

For clarity in relation to the surrounding area. See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.34 – SCLP12.72 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

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Paragraph 12.514

Modifications to paragraph 12.514:

Cockfield Hall Park, identified as an historic park and garden of District wide significance within the plan area, and Yoxford Conservation Area areis located on the western side of the A12 opposite the southern part of the site. A Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment will need to consider the potential impacts on the park. The layout of the development, focusing higher densities to the north of the site, will also need to be carefully designed to complement the setting of Cockfield Hall Park and the Grade I Listed Cockfield Hall, which are within the Yoxford Conservation Area.

 

To reflect the extension of Yoxford Conservation Area.

See ‘Note on approved changes to Woodbridge and Yoxford Conservation Area boundaries’ (March 2020) (Document J53)

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SCLP12.48

Policy SCLP12.48: Land to the South of Darsham Station

7.33ha of land to the south of Darsham Station, as shown on the Policies Map, is identified for the development of approximately 120 dwellings and open space.

Development will be expected to comply with the following criteria:

a)      Residential use to be contained within the northern half of the site alongside communal open space provision;

b)      A mix of housing including smaller dwellings and opportunity to explore self-build plots. The development of apartments within landscaped grounds linking towards Darsham Station would be supported;

c)      Provision of affordable housing on site;

d)      Provision of open space providing opportunities for all ages;

e)      Improved pedestrian and cycle connectivity with the station and Yoxford village will be required, including a crossing point to provide links to the existing footway network;

f)       Vehicle access from the south of the site through the southern half of the site which is to be otherwise retained as agricultural land reflecting the rural setting in proximity to Cockfield Hall Park;

g)      Design and layout of the development to respond to the Cockfield Hall Park historic park and garden and to be sympathetic to the setting of the Grade I Listed Cockfield Hall and the setting of Yoxford Conservation Area;

h)       A site-specific Flood Risk Assessment will be required and any necessary mitigation provided

i)       Evidence is required to demonstrate there is adequate Water Recycling Centre capacity and provision for treatment or that this can be provided;

j)       Provision of a comprehensive Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment will be required, and must inform a scheme of landscape mitigation for the site; and

k)      Archaeological assessment will be required.; and

l)     Confirmation of adequate capacity in the foul sewerage network or action to upgrade to create the required capacity.

Development of employment uses falling within Use Class B1 would also be supported as part of a mixed use scheme in the northern half of the site.

Criterion g) – to reflect expansion of Yoxford Conservation Area. See ‘Note on approved changes to Woodbridge and Yoxford Conservation Area boundaries’ (March 2020) (Document J53)

Criterion l) - For consistency. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Anglian Water (August 2019).

Last sentence - To clarify the expected location of the employment use on the site.

See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.34 – SCLP12.72 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

 



 

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Paragraph 12.529

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The site is allocated for development of approximately 20 25 dwellings.

Typographical amendment

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Paragraph 12.531

Amend paragraph 12.531 to read:

A number of trees along the southern boundary of the site have Tree Preservation Orders, and should be protected wherever possible. Access to the site could be via the adjoining Millfields development or via The Street provided that trees and hedgerows are retained where possible.

To ensure policy is consistent with other policies in relation to access. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Hopkins Homes (August 2019).

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SCLP12.49

Policy SCLP12.49: Land North of The Street, Darsham

1.11ha of land north of The Street, Darsham, as shown on the Policies Map, is identified for the development of approximately 25 dwellings.

Development will be expected to comply with the following criteria:

a) Provision of a safe and suitable access Access to be provided through the existing Millfields development or via The Street;

b) Existing hedgerows and trees on the frontage of The Street to be retained subject to provision of satisfactory access;

c) Retention of trees on the southern boundary of the site;

d) c) Enhancements to the existing footway along part of southern boundary linking into the site;

e) d) A site-specific Flood Risk Assessment;

f) e) Evidence is required to demonstrate there is adequate Water Recycling Centre capacity and provision for treatment or that this can be provided;

g) f) Affordable housing to be provided on-site; and

h) g) An archaeological assessment will be required.; and

h) Confirmation of adequate capacity in the foul sewerage network or action to upgrade to create the required capacity.

To ensure policy is consistent with other policies in relation to access. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Hopkins Homes (August 2019). and SoCG with Suffolk County Council (August 2019).

Criterion h) - For consistency. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Anglian Water (August 2019).

See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.34 – SCLP12.72 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

 



 

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Paragraph 12.541

Amend paragraph 12.541 to read:

The site is allocated for development of approximately 350 dwellings.

To ensure appropriate densities whilst making efficient use of land. See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.34 – SCLP12.72 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

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SCLP12.50

Policy SCLP12.50: Land off Laxfield Road, Dennington

2.04ha of land off Laxfield Road, Dennington, as shown on the Policies Map, is identified for the development of approximately 350 dwellings.

Development will be expected to accord with the following criteria:

a)      Provision of terraced/semi-detached housing along the Laxfield Road frontage;

b)     Provision of a mix of housing including dwellings designed to meet the needs of the older population;

c)      Provision of affordable housing on site;

d)     Retention of the hedgerow along the Laxfield Road frontage, subject to the provision of suitable visibility splays. If the hedgerow is required to be removed replanting elsewhere on the site will be required;

e)     Provision of a footpath south to the school and a crossing point to provide links to the existing footway network;

f)       Provision of 0.7ha of land for school drop-off area and to enable future expansion of the school;

g)      If required, 0.1ha of land on the site should be reserved for a new early years setting or a contribution made towards a new early years setting off-site;

h)     Provision of open space on the southern part of the site;

i)       Suitable planting to the eastern and northern boundaries of the site to provide a ‘soft’ edge to the settlement where it abuts the countryside supplementing that which currently exists;

j)       Design and layout of the development to be sympathetic to the setting of the Conservation Area and nearby Listed Buildings;

k)      An archaeological investigation will be required;

l)       An ecological survey and any appropriate mitigation will be required;

m)    Provision of a site-specific flood risk assessment and any necessary mitigation;

n)     Evidence is required to demonstrate there is adequate Water Recycling Centre capacity or that capacity can be made available; and

o)     A bat survey to be undertaken and submitted as part of any planning application and if appropriate, inclusion of bat friendly features within the design of the new buildings.; and

p)   Confirmation of adequate capacity in the foul sewerage network or action to upgrade to create the required capacity.

To ensure appropriate densities whilst making efficient use of land

Criterion b) - For clarity in relation to the provision of dwellings to meet the needs of older people

Criterion p) - For consistency. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Anglian Water (August 2019).

See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.34 – SCLP12.72 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

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Location

Percentage of new growth identified in this Local Plan14

Approximate Number of units (rounded) (minimum)

Communities related to the A12

Saxmundham area15

Other A12 communities16

 

18%

15%

 

800

667

Felixstowe (including the Trimleys)17

38%

1,670

Rural Settlements

12%

543 528

Communities surrounding Ipswich

11%

490

Framlingham

2%

100

Leiston

2%

100

Total

 

4,370 4,355

Resultant amendment in relation to allocation SCLP12.50. See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.34 – SCLP12.72 Hearings Statement (August 2019)

 



 

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Paragraph 12.566

Modification to paragraph 12.566:

The site is located within a Minerals Consultation Area as defined by Suffolk County Council as the Minerals Planning Authority. Therefore any planning application should be supported by evidence which assesses the quality and quantity of sand and gravel resources on site in order to help judge whether on-site resources should be used on-site during development, as directed by the Policy. This may help reduce the amount of material transported on and off site during development.

To reflect amendments to Policy SCLP12.51.

See ‘Note on Minerals Consultation Area policy criteria’ (February 2020) (Document J37)

 

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Policy SCLP12.51

Policy SCLP12.51: Land to the South of Eyke CoE Primary School and East of The Street, Eyke

3.47 ha of land to the south of Eyke CoE Primary School and east of The Street, Eyke as shown on the Policies Map, is identified for a residential-led mixed use development incorporating approximately 65 dwellings.

Development will be expected to accord with the following criteria:

a)      Provision of a mix of housing including housing designed to meet the needs of older people;

b)      Affordable housing to be provided on site;

c)      Provision of 0.4ha of land to accommodate future expansion of the school;

d)      Provision of land to accommodate expansion of early years setting if needed;

e)      Provision of land to increase the area of car parking and to provide parking / drop-off area for the school if needed by the school;

f)       Provision of footway improvements and widening of existing car park access;

g)      Provision of open space providing opportunities for all ages;

h)      Provision of a site-specific Flood Risk Assessment;

i)       Provision of open space on the frontage of the site adjacent to The Street, designed to promote community interaction;

j)       Design and layout of the site to reflect the location of the site within the AONB, including through the provision of landscaping and boundary treatment and appropriate lighting, informed through a Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment;

k)      A project level Habitats Regulations Assessment will be required;

l)       Design and layout of the development to be sympathetic to the setting of the nearby Grade II Listed Building; and

m)    An archaeological assessment will be required.; and

n)    Any planning application should be supported by evidence which assesses the quality and quantity of sand and gravel resources on site in order to determine whether on-site resources should be used on-site during development.

To set out consideration of minerals resources in the policy. See ‘Note on Minerals Consultation Area policy criteria’ (February 2020) (Document J37)

 



 

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Paragraph 12.577

Modification to paragraph 12.577:

Vehicle access to the site is expected to be onto Chapel Park Road, and safe pedestrian access will need to be provided, including exploring opportunities to create safe access to Ipswich Road via the recreation ground.

For provision of appropriate access.

See Statement of Common Ground agreed between ESC, Hopkins & Moore (Developments) Ltd and Suffolk County Council (October 2019)

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Paragraph 12.580

Amend paragraph 12.580 to read:

Consideration should be given to the topography and geology of the site and the surrounding area in terms of surface water drainage. Infiltration is unlikely to be feasible and an off site drainage solution may be required. Evidence from the British Geological Survey suggests that the site is likely to be suitable for infiltration of surface water, although this will need to be considered through a Flood Risk Assessment and Drainage Strategy prepared as part of the development management process. There is a 1 in 100 year surface water flood path through the site, which will need to be considered as part of the detailed design of the site. The site is located within a Source Protection Zone (SPZ) which will need to be considered as part of the drainage strategy.

To correct the reference to the requirements for drainage. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Suffolk County Council (July 2019). See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.34 – SCLP12.72 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

See ‘Note on SCLP12.52 Land west of Chapel Road, Grundisburgh’ (February 2020) (Document J41)

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Policy

SCLP12.52

Policy SCLP12.52: Land to the West of Chapel Road, Grundisburgh

3.38ha5.16 ha of land to the west of Ipswich Chapel Road, Grundisburgh, as shown on the Policies Map, is identified for the development of approximately 70 dwellings.

Development will be expected to accord with the following criteria:

a)      Provision of a mix of housing including types designed to meet the needs of older people;

b)     Affordable housing to be provided on site;

c)      Provision of public open space for all ages, to act as focal point for development;

d)     Provision of pedestrian access and footways to support access to services and facilities in the village;

e)     Design and layout of the development to be sympathetic to the setting of Grundisburgh Hall Park historic park and garden;

f)       A site-specific Flood Risk Assessment; and

g)      An ecological survey will be required, along with any identified mitigation measures.

First paragraph – modification of site area (to extend site southwards in relation to access provision).

First paragraph – Typographical amendment

See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Suffolk County Council (July 2019). See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.34 – SCLP12.72 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

Criterion d) - To provide greater clarity in relation to the provision of pedestrian access. See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.34 – SCLP12.72 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

 



 

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Policy SCLP12.53: Land South of Ambleside, Main Road, Kelsale cum Carlton

1.86ha of land south of Ambleside, Main Road, Kelsale cum Carlton, as shown on the Policies Map, is identified for the development of approximately 30 units although a higher quantum of development may be appropriate subject to design and layout.

Development will be expected to accord with the following criteria:

a)      Provision of affordable housing on site;

b)     Provision of a single vehicular access point will be required;

c)      Provision of a pedestrian crossing facility to link the development with the existing footway network, which may require enhancements;

d)     A contribution towards new early years provision if needed;

e)     The need to increase the surface water network capacity in accordance with the water management hierarchy;

f)       Provision of a site-specific Flood Risk Assessment;

g)      An archaeological investigation will be required;

h)     Suitable planting to southern boundary of the site where it abuts open countryside;

i)       A mix of housing types and densities across the site to blend with the mix of densities on the surrounding sites;

j)       Surface water disposal must be in accordance with the water management hierarchy;

k)      Evidence is required to demonstrate there is adequate Water Recycling Centre capacity or that capacity can be made available; and

l)       The layout should where possible, look to retain some views through to open countryside beyond.; and

m)  Confirmation of adequate capacity in the foul sewerage network or action to upgrade to create the required capacity.

For consistency. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Anglian Water (August 2019). See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.34 – SCLP12.72 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

 



 

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SCLP12.54

Policy SCLP12.54: Land North of the Street, Kettleburgh

0.430.75ha of land north of The Street, Kettleburgh, as shown on the Policies Map, is identified for the development of approximately 16 dwellings.

Development will be expected to accord with the following criteria:

a)      Provision of terraced and semi-detached homes fronting The Street to follow the line of existing buildings;

b)     Provision of affordable housing on site;

c)      Provision of a contribution towards a new early years setting;

d)     Design, layout and landscaping to respond to the site’s location in the river valley;

e)     Retention of hedgerows and trees bordering the site, subject to the provision of safe access and egress. Where hedgerow removal is required replanting elsewhere on the site will be required;

f)       Provision of a survey detailing the likely ecological impact on the biodiversity of the site and surrounding area;

g)      Evidence is required to demonstrate there is adequate Water Recycling Centre capacity or that capacity can be made available; and

h)     Retention and enhancement of Kettleburgh village sign in order to create a central focal point in the village.; and

i)     Confirmation of adequate capacity in the foul sewerage network or action to upgrade to create the required capacity.

First sentence of paragraph - To ensure the density is appropriate and the site is deliverable. 

Criterion i) – See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Anglian Water (August 2019).

See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.34 – SCLP12.72 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

 



 

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SCLP12.55

Policy SCLP12.55: Land to the rear of 31-37 Bucklesham Road, Kirton

0.44ha of land to the rear of 31-37 Bucklesham Road, Kirton, as shown on the Policies Map, is identified for the development of approximately 12 dwellings.

Development will be expected to accord with the following criteria:

a)      Provision of a mix of housing, including affordable housing on site;

b)     Provision of a pedestrian crossing point;

c)      Contribution to provision of primary school places;

d)     Retention of trees and hedgerows on boundaries of the site wherever possible;

e)     Evidence is required to demonstrate there is adequate Water Recycling Centre capacity and provision for treatment or that this can be provided; and

f)       Surface water disposal to be in accordance with the water management hierarchy.; and

g)   Confirmation of adequate capacity in the foul sewerage network or action to upgrade to create the required capacity.

For consistency. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Anglian Water (August 2019). See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.34 – SCLP12.72 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

 



 

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Paragraph 12.627

Delete paragraph 12.627:

Development proposals should have regard to the findings of the Suffolk Coastal & Ipswich Cross Boundary Water Cycle Study which indicates capacity limitations at Benhall  Water Recycling Centre. Evidence will be required to demonstrate how capacity will be made available in time to serve the proposed development.

For consistency. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Anglian Water (August 2019). See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.34 – SCLP12.72 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

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Policy

SCLP12.56

Policy SCLP12.56: Land at School Road, Knodishall

0.65ha of land at School Road, Knodishall, as shown on the Policies Map, is identified for the development of approximately 16 dwellings.

Development will be expected to accord with the following criteria:

a) Provision of affordable housing on site;

b) Provision of a flood risk assessment and any necessary mitigation;

c) Evidence is required to demonstrate there is adequate provision for treatment at the Water Recycling Centre or that this can be provided;

d) c) Retention of the hedgerow along the School Road frontage, subject to the provision of suitable visibility splays. If the hedgerow is required to be removed replanting elsewhere on site will be required; and

e) d) Provision of a survey detailing the likely impacts on any ecological receptors which may be present on or around the site, with particular regard to the impact on Knodishall Common County Wildlife Site.; and

e) Confirmation of adequate capacity in the foul sewerage network or action to upgrade to create the required capacity.

Deletion of criterion c) - See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Anglian Water (August 2019).

Criterion e) - For consistency. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Anglian Water (August 2019).

See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.34 – SCLP12.72 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

 



 

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Paragraph 12.642

Amend paragraph 12.642 to read:

Suffolk County Council have provided information relating to library improvements across the District. This site falls within the catchment of Saxmundham Ipswich library which has been identified as a library where improvements are necessary to enhance provision. A contribution through the Community Infrastructure Levy will be requested towards the improvement of library provision as identified in the Infrastructure Delivery Framework.

Typographical amendment

 



 

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Paragraph 12.659

Amend paragraph 12.659 to read:

The built form of the existing agricultural buildings protrudes from the village into the landscape to the east. The layout of the site will need to be considered in relation to the requirements of Policy SCLP11.2 Residential Amenity, acknowledging the potential for continued use of the land to the east for agricultural purposes. Any structures to the east of the site will need to be considered in relation to Policy SCLP11.2 Residential Amenity. The development of the site should enable the continuation of the built form provided by Vine Road and Little Meadows Drive and should maintain the gap in frontage between this part of Otley and the built area to the north.

To protect residential amenity. See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.34 – SCLP12.72 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

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After paragraph 12.661

Insertion of new paragraph after paragraph 12.661:

Due to the nature of current and previous agricultural uses on the site, a Contaminated Land Assessment will be required in order to investigate and address this potential issue.

To ensure the safe development of the site. See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.34 – SCLP12.72 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

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Paragraph 12.664

Amend paragraph 12.664 to read:

Transport modelling undertaken as part of the production of the Local Plan indicates that there will be potential capacity issues at the junction of the B1079 and B1078 to the south of Otley based upon growth within the area. Due to its proximity a Transport AssessmentStatement will therefore need to consider the impacts of development on that junction.

To ensure potential traffic impacts are appropriately assessed. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Suffolk County Council (August 2019). See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.34 – SCLP12.72 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

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Policy

SCLP12.59

Policy SCLP12.59: Land adjacent to Swiss Farm, Otley

1.47ha of land at Chapel Road, Otley, as shown on the Policies Map, is identified for the development of approximately 60 dwellings.

Development will be expected to accord with the following criteria:

a)      Provision of housing that would meet the needs of older people;

b)     Provision of affordable housing on site;

c)      A site-specific Flood Risk Assessment;

d)     Provision of open space;

e)     Provision of pedestrian connectivity with the services to the north of Chapel Road;

f)       Provision of a Transport Assessment Statement, in particular to assess impacts on the B1078 / B1079 junction;

g)      Provision of landscaping to the eastern border of the site to provide an appropriate edge in relation to the open countryside beyond the site; and

h)     An ecological survey will be required, along with any identified mitigation measures.; and

i)     Provision of a Contaminated Land Assessment.

Proposals for the site will need to demonstrate that any continued uses and structures on agricultural land to the east of the site would not cause an unacceptable impact on the living conditions of the future occupiers of the site, and ensure that the new development can be integrated effectively with the neighbouring agricultural use.

Criterion f) - To ensure potential traffic impacts are appropriately assessed. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Suffolk County Council (August 2019).

Criterion i) - To ensure the safe development of the site

See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.34 – SCLP12.72 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

Final paragraph – to ensure amenity considerations relating to existing structures. See Matter 3 - Note on Policy SCLP12.59 Land adjacent to Swiss Farm, Otley’ (October 2019) (Document J5)

 



 

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SCLP12.60

Policy SCLP12.60: Land adjacent to Farthings, Sibton Road, Peasenhall

0.41ha of land adjacent to Farthings, Sibton Road, Peasenhall, as shown on the Policies Map, is identified for the development of approximately 14 dwellings.

Development will be expected to accord with the following criteria:

a)      Provision of affordable housing on site;

b)     Provision of landscaping to the north eastern borders of the site to provide a ‘soft’ edge in relation to the rural parkland setting beyond the site;

c)      Design the built and natural environment to take full account of the heritage significance of the Knoll and the parkland setting of Sibton Abbey;

d)     Provision of pedestrian access and connectivity;

e)     Evidence is required to demonstrate there is adequate Water Recycling Centre capacity and provision for treatment or that this can be provided; and

f)       A site-specific Flood Risk Assessment will be required, and any necessary mitigation provided.; and

g)    Confirmation of adequate capacity in the foul sewerage network or action to upgrade to create the required capacity.

For consistency. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Anglian Water (August 2019).

See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.34 – SCLP12.72 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

 



 

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Paragraph 12.684

Modifications to paragraph 12.684:

An extensive area of the site will be open space to ensure the nature and scale of development provides a soft gateway to Wickham Market, a visual buffer to development inside Wickham Market parish and the separation of the distinct communities of Pettistree and Wickham Market. The Policy requires a landscape buffer to be at least 10 metres in depth, and in the creation of a ‘soft’ edge to the development it is anticipated that in places this will be greater than 10 metres in order that a uniform appearance does not result. Provision of open space should provide opportunities for people of all ages to be active.

To set out an appropriate approach to provision of a landscape buffer.

See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Hopkins Homes (October 2019)

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Paragraph 12.691

Modifications to paragraph 12.691:

The site is located within a Minerals Consultation Area as defined by Suffolk County Council as the Minerals Planning Authority. Therefore any planning application should be supported by evidence which assesses the quality and quantity of sand and gravel resources on site in order to help judge whether on-site resources should be used on-site during development, as directed by the Policy. This may help reduce the amount of material transported on and off site during development.

To reflect amendments to Policy SCLP12.61.

See ‘Note on Minerals Consultation Area policy criteria’ (February 2020) (Document J37)

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Policy

SCLP12.61

Policy SCLP12.61: Land between High Street and Chapel Lane, Pettistree (adjoining Wickham Market)

6.15ha of land between High Street and Chapel Lane, Pettistree (adjoining Wickham Market) is identified for the development of approximately 150 dwellings.

Development will be expected to accord with the following criteria:

a) A mix of dwelling types including housing to meet the needs of older people and   provision of self-build plots on a developed area on a developed area of of approximately 4ha within the site;

b) Provision of affordable housing on site;

c) Provision of 0.1ha of land for a new early years setting if needed;

d) Provision of approximately 2.15ha a landscape buffer of at least 10 metres depth along the southern boundary of the site open space, to create a ‘soft’ and distinctive gateway to Wickham Market, and provide for all ages;

e) Provision of open space to provide for all ages;

e) Provision of landscaping and creation of a ‘soft’ edge to the southern boundary of the development;

f) Provision of pedestrian connectivity with footpaths to the north on the B1438;

g) Proportionate archaeological assessment will be required;

h) Evidence is required to demonstrate there is adequate provision for treatment at the Water Recycling Centre or that this can be provided; and

i) A site-specific Flood Risk Assessment will be required, and any necessary mitigation provided.;

j) Confirmation of adequate capacity in the foul sewerage network or action to upgrade to create the required capacity; and

k) Any planning application should be supported by evidence which assesses the quality and quantity of sand and gravel resources on site in order to determine whether on-site resources should be used on-site during development.

To address inconsistency in the areas of land referred to.

To ensure appropriate provision of open space. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Hopkins Homes (October 2019)

Criterion j) - For consistency. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Anglian Water (August 2019).

See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.34 – SCLP12.72 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

Criterion k) – To ensure consideration of mineral resource. See ‘Note on Minerals Consultation Area policy criteria’ (February 2020) (Document J27)

 



 

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SCLP12.62

Policy SCLP12.62: Land West of Garden Square, Rendlesham

5.05ha of land west of Garden Square, Rendlesham, as shown on the Policies Map, is identified for a mixed development of approximately 50 dwellings and greenspace provision.

Development will be expected to accord with the following criteria:

a)      Ensure that the risk of odour and other amenity impacts from Rendlesham Water Recycling Centre is not detrimental to the living conditions of future occupiers as set out in Policy SCLP11.2. Evidence should be provided to demonstrate that there is no unacceptable impact on the occupiers of the future dwellings, and that the continuous operation of Rendlesham Water Recycling Centre is not affected. This will require the provision of a suitable Meet the minimum distance from the Water Recycling Centre within which new residential development is considered acceptable as advised by Anglian Water;

b)     Accommodate the sewers that cross the site;

c)      The development will need to demonstrate there is adequate capacity in the foul sewerage network or that capacity can be made available;

d)     The design, layout, mix and type of housing proposed is compatible with the housing and transport objectives set out in the ‘made’ Rendlesham Neighbourhood Plan;

e)     Provision of affordable housing;

f)       The remaining greenspace should be used for a mix of informal open space suitable for daily dog walking, allotments or orchards in accordance with Rendlesham Neighbourhood Plan policy RNPP3;

g)      Provision of a substantial landscape buffer to the northern and western boundaries where it abuts open countryside;

h)     A site-specific Flood Risk Assessment is required;

i)       Evidence is required to demonstrate there is adequate provision for treatment at the Water Recycling Centre or that this can be provided; and

j)       An archaeological assessment will be required.; and

k)    Confirmation of adequate capacity in the foul sewerage network or action to upgrade to create the required capacity.

In addition, the air quality impacts of traffic from cumulative development at Melton crossroads and the Air Quality Management Area declared in Woodbridge will need to be investigated in the form of an Air Quality Assessment, together with a mitigation appraisal.

Title – Typographical amendment

Criterion a) – To set out how proximity to the Rendlesham WRC would be considered.

Criterion k) - For consistency

See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Anglian Water (August 2019).

See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.34 – SCLP12.72 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

 



 

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SCLP12.63

Policy SCLP12.63: Land East of Redwald Road, Rendlesham

4.3ha of land to the east of Redwald Road, Rendlesham, as shown on the Policies Map, is identified for the development of approximately 50 units.

Development will be expected to accord with the following criteria:

a)      The design, layout, mix and type of housing proposed is compatible with the housing and transport objectives set out in the ‘made’ Rendlesham Neighbourhood Plan;

b)     Provision of affordable housing;

c)      Provision of footways to site frontage along Redwald Road, with a pedestrian crossing point;

d)     Provision towards meeting identified local need for allotments, orchards and growing spaces;

e)     Explore the potential to provide a public house or similar licenced venue, on site as part of the development, in line with priorities identified in the Rendlesham Neighbourhood Plan;

f)       Provision of a biodiversity survey and, if necessary, provide appropriate mitigation;

g)      A Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment will be required, with regard to impact on the setting of the AONB;

h)     Trees bordering the B1069 should be retained:

i)       An archaeological assessment will be required;

j)       The development will need to demonstrate there is adequate capacity in the foul sewerage network or that capacity can be made available;

k)      Provision of a site-specific Flood Risk Assessment;

l)       Evidence is required to demonstrate there is adequate provision for treatment at the Water Recycling Centre or that this can be provided; and

m)    As required, to increase the capacity of the surface water network in accordance with the water management hierarchy.; and

n)   Confirmation of adequate capacity in the foul sewerage network or action to upgrade to create the required capacity.

In addition, the air quality impacts of traffic from cumulative development at Melton crossroads and the Air Quality Management Area declared in Woodbridge will need to be investigated in the form of an Air Quality Assessment, together with a mitigation appraisal.

For consistency. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Anglian Water (August 2019).

See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.34 – SCLP12.72 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

 



 

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SCLP12.64

Policy SCLP12.64: Land opposite The Sorrel Horse, The Street, Shottisham

0.42 ha of land opposite The Sorrel Horse, The Street, Shottisham, as shown on the Policies Map, is identified for small scale mixed use development for approximately 10 dwellings and a car park to accommodate circa 30 cars.

Development will be expected to accord with the following criteria:

a)      The design and layout should be of high quality, responding to the site’s location in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; and preserving and enhancing the character and setting of the Conservation Area, and Listed Buildings;

b)     Provision of smaller open market housing. A financial contribution will be sought towards affordable housing provision;

c)      Developers will need to undertake a Landscape Visual Impact Appraisal, and if necessary, provide appropriate mitigation including appropriate lighting;

d)     Provision of appropriate access arrangements regarding the access point, and securing acceptable access sight lines, including retention of the hedgerow wherever possible;

e)     In addition to residents parking, provision of an area for a car park to accommodate circa 30 cars. The parking area to be screened to protect residential amenity;

f)       Provision of pedestrian connectivity from the residential and car parking areas via Villa Hill;

g)      A biodiversity survey will be required and, if necessary, appropriate mitigation provided;

h)     An archaeological assessment will be required; and

i)       Developers will need to address a significant off-site sewerage requirement to provide foul water connections. Risks posed by septicity of pumped connection will need to be addressed provide connection to a public sewage treatment plant unless it can be demonstrated that it is not feasible or viable. A foul drainage strategy will need to be approved and implemented prior to the development connecting to the sewerage system, if it is deemed viable to do so.; and

j)    Confirmation of adequate capacity in the foul sewerage network or action to upgrade to create the required capacity.

Criterion i) - For clarity

Criterion j) - For consistency

See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Anglian Water (August 2019). See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.34 – SCLP12.72 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

 



 

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Modification to paragraph 12.753

Modifications to paragraph 12.753:

Development proposals at Trimley St Martin should have regard to the findings of the Suffolk Coastal & Ipswich Cross Boundary Water Cycle Study which indicates treatment capacity limitations at Kirton Felixstowe Water Recycling Centre.

For clarity and to correct error. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Anglian Water (August 2019). See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.34 – SCLP12.72 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

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Policy

SCLP12.65

Policy SCLP12.65: Land off Howlett Way, Trimley St Martin

10.64ha of land at Howlett Way, as shown on the Policies Map, is identified for the development of approximately 360 dwellings with on site open space.

Development will be expected to accord with the following criteria:

a)      Primary vehicular access onto Howlett Way only;

b)     A site-specific Flood Risk Assessment;

c)      No vehicular access onto Church Lane;

d)     Continuation of and links to existing Public Rights of Way Network;

e)     Retain the existing hedgerows which border the site to maintain character of the area;

f)       Affordable housing provision to be in line with Policy SCLP5.10;

g)      A range of housing types and tenures provided in keeping with surrounding area, including provision of self build plots;

h)     Contribution towards provision of a new primary school;

i)       Provision of a new early years setting on 0.1ha of land;

j)       Development to be of a high quality and sympathetic to the character and setting of the listed churches and The Old Rectory;

k)      Site design and layout to take into account the water mains crossing the site;

l)       Evidence is required to demonstrate there is adequate provision for treatment at the Water Recycling Centre or that this can be provided;

m)    On site open space and play facilities to meet needs identified in the SCDC Leisure Strategy;

n)     Archaeological assessment required with particular consideration for the existing pillbox;

o)     Provision of pedestrian/cycle links; and

p)     Air Quality assessment required.; and

q)   Confirmation of adequate capacity in the foul sewerage network or action to upgrade to create the required capacity.

For consistency. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Anglian Water (August 2019). See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.34 – SCLP12.72 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

 



 

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Paragraph 12.758

Modifications to Paragraph 12.758:

The site is allocated for the development of approximately 150 dwellings and a primary school. The site is located on the southern edge of Trimley St Martin adjacent to a recent residential development of 66 dwellings at the former Trimley Mushroom Farm site, and straddles the parish boundary with Trimley St Mary.  The site is arable farmland although currently being used as a temporary depot site by Network Rail and is bordered on the west to open countryside with the railway line beyond, and to the east by High Road and existing properties. There are opportunities to integrate new development using linear belts of trees, and replicate local species mixes. There are also opportunities to improve pedestrian/cycle path access to provide access to the AONB to help promote active healthy lifestyles.

To clarify the location in relation to the Parish boundary.

See ‘Matter 3 - Note on Policy SCLP12.66: Land adjacent to Reeve Lodge, Trimley St Martin’ (October 2019) (Document J6)

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Paragraph 12.762

Modifications to Paragraph 12.762:

Landscaping will be required on the boundaries of the site with the countryside, to integrate the site with the rural character of the area to the west and to provide for the aim of avoiding the coalescence of communities to not be compromised.  A Landscape Visual Impact Assessment will be required to inform the landscape strategy for the site to minimise impact on the AONB.

To set out that development should seek to avoid coalescence.

See ‘Matter 3 - Note on Policy SCLP12.66: Land adjacent to Reeve Lodge, Trimley St Martin’ (October 2019) (Document J6)

391

Paragraph 12.766

Amend paragraph 12.766 to read:

The site is located within a Minerals Consultation Area as defined by Suffolk County Council as the Minerals Planning Authority. Therefore any planning application should be supported by evidence which assesses the quality and quantity of sand and gravel resources on site in order to help judge whether on-site resources should be used on-site during development, as directed by the Policy. This may help reduce the amount of material transported on and off site during development.  Therefore any planning application should be supported by evidence which assesses the quality and quantity of sand and gravel resources. Planning applications should be supported by evidence considering the suitability for prior extraction having regard to the Suffolk Minerals and Waste Local Plan and other material considerations. Should the site be considered suitable for prior extraction, having regard to the evidence submitted together with advice from the Minerals Planning Authority, any planning permission for development will be conditioned to take place in phases which allow for prior extraction of some or all of the economic resource.

To reflect that prior extraction is unlikely to be feasible. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Suffolk County Council (August 2019). See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.34 – SCLP12.72 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

See ‘Note on Minerals Consultation Area policy criteria’ (February 2020) (Document J37)

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Paragraph 12.768

Amend paragraph 12.768 to read:

Development proposals at Trimley St Martin should have regard to the findings of the Suffolk Coastal & Ipswich Cross Boundary Water Cycle Study which indicates capacity treatment limitations at Kirton Felixstowe Water Recycling Centre.

To correct error in relation to the Water Recycling Centre. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Anglian Water (August 2019). See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.34 – SCLP12.72 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

393

Policy

SCLP12.66

Policy SCLP12.66: Land adjacent to Reeve Lodge, High Road, Trimley St Martin

8.59ha of land adjacent to Reeve Lodge, High Road, Trimley St Martin is identified for the development of approximately 150 dwellings, a primary school and open space.

Development will be expected to accord with the following criteria:

a)      A mix of housing should be provided on the site including housing for older people and the provision of self-build plots;

b)     Provision of affordable housing on site;

c)      Provision of 2.2ha of land for a primary school including and 0.1ha of land for early years provision;

d)     Provision of open space for people of all ages;

e)     Provision of appropriate landscaping and boundary treatments to provide a ‘soft’ western edge to the development and to minimise impacts on the AONB, provision of open space and landscaping so as to prevent the coalescence of the Trimley Villages;

f)       Provision of a Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment to inform the landscape strategy for the site;

g)      An ecological survey will be required, and any necessary mitigation provided;

h)     A site-specific Flood Risk Assessment will be required, and any necessary mitigation provided;

i)       Evidence is required to demonstrate there is adequate provision for treatment at the Water Recycling Centre or that this can be provided;

j)       Provision of pedestrian/cycle links throughfrom the site, including connectivity into the surrounding countryside and AONB; and

k)      Proportionate archaeological assessment will be required.;

l)      Confirmation of adequate capacity in the foul sewerage network or action to upgrade to create the required capacity; and

m)    Any planning application should be supported by evidence which assesses the quality and quantity of sand and gravel resources on site in order to determine whether on- site resources should be used on-site during development.

Criterion c) - To reduce prescriptiveness relating to early years.

Criterion e) – to set out a consideration in relation to avoiding coalescence. See ‘Matter 3 - Note on Policy SCLP12.66: Land adjacent to Reeve Lodge, Trimley St Martin’ (October 2019) (Document J6)

Criterion j) - For clarity

Criterion l) - For consistency. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Anglian Water (August 2019).

See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.34 – SCLP12.72 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

Criterion m) – To set out consideration of mineral resources. See ‘Note on Minerals Consultation Area policy criteria’ (February 2020) (Document J37)

 



 

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Policy

SCLP12.69

Policy SCLP12.69: Land West of the B1125, Westleton

0.73ha of land to the west of the B1125, Westleton, as shown on the Policies Map, is identified for the development of approximately 20 dwellings.

Development will be expected to accord with the following criteria:

a)      Development of a mix of dwellings to include dwellings to meet the needs of older people;

b)     Design and layout to be sympathetic to the setting of Westleton Conservation Area, the single storey context of the adjacent built environment and Westleton Common County Wildlife Site on the opposite side of the B1125;

c)      Provision of affordable housing on site;

d)     Provision of landscaping to provide a ‘soft’ edge to development on the southern and western boundaries;

e)     An ecological assessment, including assessment of impacts on Westleton Common County Wildlife Site must accompany any planning application. Alongside any mitigation measures required, dDevelopment should provide for biodiversity enhancements, in line with the characteristics of Westleton Common County Wildlife Site;

f)       A project level Habitats Regulations Assessment will be required;

g)      Provision of pedestrian connection to existing footpaths to the village;

h)     Evidence is required to demonstrate there is adequate Water Recycling Centre capacity or that capacity can be made available; and

i)       A site-specific Flood Risk Assessment will be required, and any necessary mitigation provided.; and

j)     Confirmation of adequate capacity in the foul sewerage network or action to upgrade to create the required capacity.

Criterion e) - To ensure impacts on the County Wildlife Site are assessed. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Suffolk Wildlife Trust (July 2019).

Criterion j) - For consistency. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Anglian Water (August 2019).

See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.34 – SCLP12.72 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

 



 

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Policy

SCLP12.70

Policy SCLP12.70: Land at Cherry Lee, Darsham Road, Westleton

1.21ha of land at Cherry Lee, Darsham Road, as shown on the Policies Map, is identified for the development of approximately 15 dwellings.

Development will be expected to accord with the following criteria:

a)    Provision of affordable housing on site;

b)    Retention, and where necessary provision, of the landscaped boundary features to create ‘soft’ edges to the boundaries of the site, except where removal is required for safe access and egress;

c)   Enhancements to pedestrian connectivity southwards along Darsham Road and bridleway works;

d)    Design and layout to be sympathetic to the rural countryside setting;

e)    Retention and enhancement of public right of way at the western site boundary;

f)     A project level Habitats Regulations Assessment will be required;

g)    Evidence is required to demonstrate there is adequate Water Recycling Centre capacity or that capacity can be made available; and

h)    Provision of landscaping to create ‘soft’ edges to the boundaries of the site.

h)    Confirmation of adequate capacity in the foul sewerage network or action to upgrade to create the required capacity.

Criterion b) - To explain the reasoning for a landscaped boundary.

Criterion h) - For consistency. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Anglian Water (August 2019). See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.34 – SCLP12.72 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

See ‘Matter 3 - Note on Policy SCLP12.70 Land at Cherry Lee, Darsham Road, Westleton’ (October 2019) (Document J7)

 



 

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Paragraph 12.831

Amend paragraph 12.831 to read:

This site of 0.7ha comprises a largely disused farm complex on the edge of Witnesham (Bridge). Given the exclusion of agricultural buildings on land to the south, the layout of the development will need to give consideration to the amenity of future occupiers under Policy SCLP11.2. The farmhouse, a Listed Building, is still occupied. Land south of Hall Road and The Street which includes this site, lies within the River Fynn Valley – a landscape of attractive and distinctive character. Suffolk County Council Archaeology notes that due to the site’s location on the south bank of the River Fynn, an archaeological investigation will be required. A small section of the site along its northern boundary where it borders the River Fynn is within Flood Zone 3. Any development within Flood Zone 3 is to be avoided having the highest potential risk from flooding. The Environment Agency have confirmed that a flood risk assessment will be required as part of any planning application. Anglian Water have confirmed they have no objection to the allocation of this site. Existing access to the site is narrow and directly onto a bend in the road (B1077). Use of the existing access may need to be re-assessed or may otherwise act as a limit to numbers of new dwellings it can serve.

To safeguard residential amenity. See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.34 – SCLP12.72 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

411

Policy

SCLP12.72

Policy SCLP12.72: Land at Street Farm, Witnesham (Bridge)

0.7ha of land at Street Farm, Witnesham, as shown on the Policies Map, is identified for the development of approximately 20 dwellings.

Development will be expected to accord with the following criteria:

a) A site-specific Flood Risk Assessment;

b) Impact on the listed farmhouse;

c) An archaeological investigation will be required;

d) Flood risk assessment will be required;

e) d) Provision of affordable housing on site;

f) e) Provision of footway / pedestrian enhancements;

g) f) Design and layout to be sympathetic to the sensitive river valley landscape character, and to have regard to former farmyard use;

h) g) Where possible retention of existing trees along the boundaries to the site;

i) h) Any development within the area identified as Flood Zone 3 should be avoided to ensure no other impediments to flows are introduced that could increase the risk of flooding downstream; and

j) i) Provision of an ecological assessment in relation to potential impact on the River Fynn, and opportunities should be explored which would improve and enhance the riverside environment in this location under the Water Framework Directive.; and

j) Provision of a Contaminated Land Assessment.

Proposals for the site will need to demonstrate that any continued uses and structures on agricultural land to the south of the site would not cause an unacceptable impact on the living conditions of future occupiers of the site, and ensure that the new development can be integrated effectively with the neighbouring agricultural use.

Delete criterion d) - To avoid duplication of criterion a) and in the interests of consistency

Criterion h) - For consistency with national policy

See ESC Matter 3 SCLP12.34 – SCLP12.72 Hearings Statement (August 2019).

New paragraph – to set out amenity considerations. See ‘Matter 3 - Note on Policy SCLP12.72 Land at Street Farm, Witnesham’ (October 2019) (Document J8)

Criterion j) – For consistency – See ‘Note on SCLP12.72 Land at Street Farm, Witnesham’ (February 2020) (Document J42)

 



 

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Appendix A – Policy Delivery Framework

Modification to row related to SCLP2.1:

Additional text in the ‘Risks’ column: ‘Any ISPA authority declaring that they are unable to meet their minimum housing need

Additional text in the ‘Mitigation/contingencies column’: ‘Following a comprehensive re-assessment of deliverability, ISPA Board to collectively consider how unmet need can be met across the ISPA. Depending on the scale of any unmet need, this may act as a trigger for a review of the Local Plan.

See ‘Matter 2A – Note on Review Mechanisms and Housing Needs’  (August 2019) (Document I16)

414

Appendix A – Policy Delivery Framework

Modifications to row related to SCLP2.2:

Add ‘ISPA strategy to deliver highways mitigation into Implementation Mechanism column, add ‘ISPA authorities to Responsible Organisations column and add ‘Monitoring and review of ISPA strategy to deliver highways mitigation through ISPA Board to the Mitigation / contingencies column.

To reflect approach to delivery of transport mitigation measures in the ISPA. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Suffolk County Council (August 2019). See ESC Matter 2F Hearings Statement (August 2019).

419

Appendix A – Policy Delivery Framework

Modifications to row related to SCLP5.17 and column related to Implementation Mechanism:

Determination of Planning Applications. Identification of ways in which the unauthorised nature of developments can be addressed.

See ‘Matter 2B - Note for Provision for Gypsies and Travellers’ (September 2019) (Document I9)

 



 

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Appendix B - Infrastructure Delivery Framework (Transport)

Modifications as set out in Infrastructure Delivery Framework at the end of this document – Appendix B - Infrastructure Delivery Framework Modifications

To reflect approach to delivery of transport mitigation measures in the ISPA. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Suffolk County Council (July 2019). See ESC Matter 2F Hearings Statement (August 2019).

453-457

Appendix B -  Infrastructure Delivery Framework (Utilities)

Modifications as set out in Infrastructure Delivery Framework at the end of this document – Appendix B - Infrastructure Delivery Framework Modifications

To recognise the treatment limitations of the Kirton Water Recycling Centre highlighted in the Cross Boundary Water Cycle Study. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Anglian Water (August 2019). 

461

Appendix B – Infrastructure Delivery Framework (Early Years)

Amend Appendix B in relation to the fourth (Approximate Cost), sixth (Potential Funding Amount) and seventh (Required Developer Contribution) columns for ‘Additional Early Education Capacity in Framlingham Ward’:

Additional Early Education Capacity in Framlingham Ward (SCLP12.1, SCLP12.50, SCLP12.54)

Essential

Suffolk County Council

£163,476 £152,721

Developers

£163,476 £152,721

£163,476 £152,721

As a result of modifications to number of dwellings under allocation SCLP12.50 Land east of Laxfield Road, Dennington.

464

Appendix B – Infrastructure Delivery Framework (Early Years)

Amend totals in Appendix B in relation to the fourth (Approximate Cost), sixth (Potential Funding Amount) and seventh (Required Developer Contribution) columns:

Total

   

£12,254,811 £12,244,056

 

£6,680,361 £6,669,606

£6,680,361 £6,669,606

As a result of modifications to number of dwellings under allocation SCLP12.50 Land east of Laxfield Road, Dennington.

467

Appendix B – Infrastructure Delivery Framework (Primary Education)

Amend Appendix B in relation to the fifth (Approximate Cost), seventh (Potential Funding Amount) and eight (Required Developer Contribution) columns for ‘Capacity for additional pupils at Dennington CEVCP School’:

Capacity for additional pupils at Dennington CEVCP School (SCLP12.50)

Land off Laxfield Road, Dennington

Essential

Suffolk County Council

£181,077 £139,290

Developers

£181,077 £139,290

£181,077 £139,290

As a result of modifications to number of dwellings under allocation SCLP12.50 Land east of Laxfield Road, Dennington.

470

Appendix B – Infrastructure Delivery Framework (Primary Education)

Amend totals in Appendix B in relation to the fifth (Approximate Cost), seventh (Potential Funding Amount) and eight (Required Developer Contribution) columns:

Total

     

£28,556,702 - £28,634,072

£28,514,915 - £28,592,285

 

£19,199,782 - £19,277,152

£19,327,195 - £19,404,565

£19,368,982 - £19,446,352

£19,327,195 - £19,404,565

As a result of modifications to number of dwellings under allocation SCLP12.50 Land east of Laxfield Road, Dennington.

471

Appendix B – Infrastructure Delivery Framework (Secondary Education)

Amend Appendix B in relation to the fourth (Approximate Cost), sixth (Potential Funding Amount) and seventh (Required Developer Contribution) columns for ‘Expansion of Thomas Mills High School, Framlingham’:

Expansion of Thomas Mills High School, Framlingham

Essential

Suffolk County Council

£1,999,968 £1,937,469

Developers

£1,999,968 £1,937,469

£1,999,968 £1,937,469

As a result of modifications to number of dwellings under allocation SCLP12.50 Land east of Laxfield Road, Dennington.

472

Appendix B – Infrastructure Delivery Framework (Secondary Education)

Amend totals in Appendix B in relation to the fourth (Approximate Cost), sixth (Potential Funding Amount) and seventh (Required Developer Contribution) columns:

Total

   

£20,470,958 £20,588,459

 

 £20,470,958 £20,588,459

£20,470,958 £20,588,459

As a result of modifications to number of dwellings under allocation SCLP12.50 Land east of Laxfield Road, Dennington.

473

Appendix B – Infrastructure Delivery Framework (Health)

Additional floorspace and enhancements at Framlingham Surgery

Essential

Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG

£300,000

Developers

Unknown

£20,700

£16,100

CIL

£279,300

£283,900

Amend Appendix B in relation to the seventh (Required Developer Contribution) and eighth (Potential Remaining Funding Gap) columns for ‘Additional floorspace and enhancements at Framlingham Surgery’:

As a result of modifications to number of dwellings under allocation SCLP12.50 Land east of Laxfield Road, Dennington.

474

Appendix B – Infrastructure Delivery Framework (Health)

Amend totals in Appendix B in relation to the seventh (Required Developer Contribution) and eighth (Potential Remaining Funding Gap) columns:

Total

   

£1,794,600

 

Unknown

£1,635,200 £1,630,600

 

£1,235,400 £1,240,000

As a result of modifications to number of dwellings under allocation SCLP12.50 Land east of Laxfield Road, Dennington.

475

Appendix B – Infrastructure Delivery Framework (Libraries)

Amend Appendix B in relation to the fourth (Approximate Cost) and sixth (Potential Funding Amount) columns for ‘Improvements at Framlingham Library’:

Improvements at Framlingham library

Desirable

Suffolk County Council

£182,088 £178,848

Developers

£182,088 £178,848

As a result of modifications to number of dwellings under allocation SCLP12.50 Land east of Laxfield Road, Dennington.

476

Appendix B – Infrastructure Delivery Framework (Libraries)

Amend totals in Appendix B in relation to the fourth (Approximate Cost) and sixth (Potential Funding Amount) columns:

Total

   

£2,326,752 £2,323,512

 

£2,326,752 £2,323,512

As a result of modifications to number of dwellings under allocation SCLP12.50 Land east of Laxfield Road, Dennington.

 



 

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Appendix C -Monitoring Framework – ref to SCLP2.1

Amend the monitoring framework in relation to the second column (Targets) for SCLP2.1 to read:

Delivery of at least 10,4769,756 dwellings in Suffolk Coastal District

To reflect updated housing need figures. See ESC Matter 2A Hearings Statement (August 2019).

482

Appendix C - Monitoring Framework – ref to policy SCLP3.1

Amend the monitoring framework in relation to the second column (Targets) for SCLP3.1 to read:

Delivery of at least 10,4769,756 dwellings over the plan period (at least 582542 per annum)

To reflect updated housing need figures. See ESC Matter 2A Hearings Statement (August 2019).

484

Appendix C - Monitoring Framework – ref to policies SCLP5.1-SCLP5.6 and SCLP5.16

Amend the monitoring framework in relation to the second column for SCLP5.1 to SCLP5.6 and SCLP5.16 to read:

Completion of at least 582542 dwellings per annum.

To reflect updated housing need figures. See ESC Matter 2A Hearings Statement (August 2019).

491

Appendix C - Monitoring Framework – ref to policy SCLP12.50

Amend the monitoring framework in relation to the second column for SCLP12.50 to read:

Completion of 50 35 dwellings over the plan period

As a result of modifications to number of dwellings under allocation SCLP12.50 Land east of Laxfield Road, Dennington.

492

Appendix C – Monitoring Framework - ref to policy SCLP12.67

Amend the monitoring framework in relation to the second column for SCLP12.67 to read:

Completion of 3525 dwellings over plan period

Typographical amendment

492

Appendix C – Monitoring Framework - ref to policy SCLP12.69

Amend the monitoring framework in relation to the second column for SCLP12.69 to read:

Completion of 3520 dwellings over plan period

Typographical amendment

 



 

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Appendix D – Housing Trajectory

Amend trajectory to:

SCLP12.50 Land off Laxfield Road, Dennington

50 35

       

10

20 15

20 10

As a result of modifications to number of dwellings under allocation SCLP12.50 Land east of Laxfield Road, Dennington.

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Appendix D - Housing Trajectory (See updated trajectory below)

Modifications as set out in the Trajectory at the end of this document -

Appendix D - Housing Trajectory

As a result of modifications to number of dwellings under allocation SCLP12.50 Land east of Laxfield Road, Dennington.

To correct as per Council’s Response to Inspector’s Initial Questions (16.5.19) (Document H3).

 



 

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Appendix I – Glossary and Acronyms

Modification to include additional terms in the glossary:

Modal shift

The change in the mode of transport from car trips, in particular single occupancy car trips, to sustainable modes for example walking, cycling, car sharing and use of public transport.

Smarter Choices

Active engagement with businesses and individuals to influence people's travel behaviour towards more sustainable options, such as walking, cycling, travelling by public transport and car sharing, delivering modal shift.

To reflect approach to delivery of transport mitigation measures in the ISPA. See Statement of Common Ground between ESC and Suffolk County Council (July 2019).  See ESC Matter 2F Hearings Statement (August 2019).

519

Appendix I – Glossary and Acronyms

Modification to Open Space:

Open Space A range of different sites and areas, including wildlife areas, natural greenspace, parks and gardens, amenity greenspace, play space, allotments, community growing spaces, cemeteries and churchyards and green corridors.

See ‘Matter 4 – Note on SCLP8.2 Open Space and SCLP8.3 Allotments’ (October 2019) (Document J18)

 



 

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Appendix J – Schedule of Policies to be Superseded

Add in after AP212:

AP216    Ipswich Fringe: Martlesham Heath Industrial Estate

AP236    Woodbridge/Melton Restraint 

AP237    Melton: Protection of Trees and Character

Policies omitted from schedule.

 



 

Appendix B - Infrastructure Delivery Framework Modifications

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Appendix B - Infrastructure Delivery Framework Modifications

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Main Modification 104 (Utilities - Page 453 to 457)

Project

Priority

Lead Provider

Approximate Cost

Funding Sources

Potential Funding Amount

Potential Developer Contribution

Type of Developer Contribution

Potential Remaining Funding Gap

Potential Funding Sources to Fill Gap

Timescale/Progress

Potential treatment improvements at Kirton water recycling centre and supporting infrastructure

Essential

Anglian Water

Unknown

Developers

Unknown

Unknown

Anglian Water Asset Management Plan

Unknown

Anglian Water

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Appendix D – Housing Trajectory

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Table 3.5 – Anticipated housing growth by Town / Parish 2018 -2036

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Area/Parish

Contribution (by parish)

(C) New housing allocations22

(D) Indicative contribution 2018 – 2036 (A+B+C) 23

(A)

Permissions & resolution to grant permission as at 31/3/2018

(B)

Existing Allocations without permission or resolution to grant as at 31/3/2018

Total to date

(A) + (B)

Major Centres

Felixstowe

1,523

209

1,732

1,52024

3,252 (29%)

East Ipswich

         

Kesgrave

19

0

19

20

39 (<0.5%)

Martlesham Heath25

0

0

0

300

300 (2.5%)

Brightwell Lakes

2,000

0

2,000

-

2,000 (17.5%)

Purdis Farm

7

0

7

-

7 (<0.5 %%)

Rushmere St Andrew (excluding village)

71

0

71

15026

221 (2%)

SUB TOTAL

3,620

209

3,829

1,990

5,819 (51%)

Market Towns

Aldeburgh

39

10

49

-

49 (<0.5%)

Framlingham

349

37

386

100

486 (4%)

Leiston

507

0

507

100

607 (5%)

Saxmundham

115

65

180

800*

980 (8%)

Woodbridge (incl part of Melton** and Martlesham***)

336

0

103

336

220

323 (3%)

556 (5%)

SUB TOTAL

1,346

112

1,458

1,220

2,678 (24%)

Large Villages

Bramfield

3

0

3

-

3 (<0.5%)

Earl Soham

6

0

6

25

31 (<0.5%)

Grundisburgh

11

0

11

70

81 (1%)

Hollesley

38

0

38

-

38 (<0.5%)

Knodishall

16

0

16

16

32(<0.5%)

Martlesham (village)

56

0

56

2027

76 (1%)

Melton (village)

20

55

75

-

75 (1%)

Nacton

5

0

5

-

5 (<0.5%)

Orford

1

10

11

-

11 (<0.5%)

Otley

38

0

38

60

98 (1%)

Rendlesham

10

100

110

-

110 (1%)

Snape

0

0

0

-

0 (0%)

Trimley St Martin

161

360

521

150

671 (6%)

Trimley St Mary

105

0

105

-

105 (1%)

Wickham Market (with part of Pettistree)

10

0

10

22028

230 (2%)

Yoxford

8

0

8

-

8 (<0.5%)

SUB TOTAL

488

525

1,013

561

1,574 (14%)

Small Villages

Alderton

10

0

10

-

10 (<0.5%)

Badingham

16

0

16

-

16(<0.5%)

Bawdsey

14

0

14

-

14 (<0.5%)

Benhall

11

0

11

50****

61 (0.5%)

Blythburgh

5

0

5

-

5 (<0.5%)

Brandeston

0

0

1 0

-

1 (<0.5%)    

0 (0%)

Bredfield

10

0

10

20

30 (<0%)

Bucklesham

13

0

13

30

43 (<0.5%)

Campsea Ashe

6

0

6

12

18 (<0.5%)

Charsfield

21

0

21

20

41 (<0.5%)

Clopton

2

0

2

-

2 (<0.5%)

Darsham

22

0

22

14529

167 (1.5%)

Dennington

1

10

11

40 2530

51 36 (<0.5%)

Easton

24

0

24

20

44 (<0.5%)

Eyke

1

0

1

65

66 (0.5%)

Great Glemham

2

0

2

-

2 (<0.5%)

Hacheston

12

0

12

-

12 (<0.5%)

Hasketon

2

0

2

-

2 (<0.5%)

Kelsale

12

30

42

20

62 (0.5%)

Kettleburgh

4

0

4

16

20 (<0.5%)

Kirton (with part of Falkenham)

2

0

2

12

14 (<0.5%)

Levington

1

0

1

20

21 (<0.5%)

Little Bealings

2

0

2

-

2 (<0.5%)

Middleton

3

0

3

-

3 (<0.5%)

Newbourne

7

0

7

-

7 (<0.5%)

Peasenhall (with part of Sibton)

13

0

13

14

27 (<0.5%)

Pettistree31

1

0

1

-

1 (<0.5%)

Rendham

1

0

1

-

1 (<0.5%)

Rushmere St Andrew (village)

27

0

27

-

27 (<0.5%)

Sutton Heath

0

0

0

-

0 (0%)

Theberton

0

0

0

-

0 (<0.5%) (0%)

Thorpeness

12

0

12

-

12 (<0.5%)

Tuddenham St Martin

1

0

1

25

26 (<0.5%)

Tunstall

77

0

77

-

77 (0.5%)

Ufford

44

0

44

-

44 (<0.5%)

Walberswick

2

0

2

-

2 (<0.5%)

Waldringfield

4

0

4

-

4 (<0.5%)

Wenhaston

6

0

6

25

31 (<0.5%)

Westerfield

55

20

75

-

75 (1%)

Westleton

6

0

6

35

41 (<0.5%)

Witnesham

24

20

44

30

74 (0.5%)

SUB TOTAL

476

80

556

584

1,140 (10%)

Shottisham and Aldringham32

Aldringham

0

40

40

-

40 (<0.5%)

Shottisham

0

10

10

-

10 (<0.5%)

SUB TOTAL

0

50

50

-

50 (<0.5%)

Countryside

All countryside

locations33

92

0

82 92

-

82 (0.7%)

92 (0.8%)

SUB TOTAL

92

0

92

-

92 (0.8%)

TOTAL

6,022

976

6,998

4,370 4,355

11,368 11,35334

 

Additional/amendments to footnotes

* The South Saxmundham Garden Neighbourhood extends into Benhall parish and it is anticipated that some dwellings would be delivered in Benhall parish 

** The made Neighbourhood Plan for Melton defines the areas of Melton considered to form part of the built-up area of Woodbridge

*** This covers the area excluded from the approved Martlesham Neighbourhood Plan area

**** The South Saxmundham Garden Neighbourhood extends into Benhall parish and it is anticipated that some dwellings would be delivered in Benhall parish. This would be in addition to 50 units listed here.

30 40 25 additional dwellings through extension of allocated site in Site Allocations and Area Specific Policies (2017)

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