Forest Heath Local Plan Examination 2017

The Forest Heath Local Plan documents were submitted to the Secretary of State for examination on 24 March 2017.

The Planning Inspectorate has appointed two Planning Inspectors to examine the submitted Plans.  They are Inspector Simon Berkeley BA MA MRTPI and Inspector Christa Masters MA(HONS) MRTPI.

The Local Plan comprises the Single Issue Review (SIR) of Core Strategy Policy CS7 Overall Housing Provision and Distribution and the Site Allocations Document.

Annette Feeney is the Programme Officer who is assisting the Inspector. All correspondence relating to the examination should be sent to the Programme Officer at:

  • email: annette.feeney@westsuffolk.gov.uk
  • phone: 07775 771026
  • post: c/o Strategic Planning, Forest Heath District Council, West Suffolk House, Western Way, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 3YU

Correspondence and updates relating to the examination can be viewed below, together with examination information and timetable.

If you wish to find out in more detail how the examination of the Local Plan will be carried out the Planning Inspectorate has published a useful guide: Examining Local Plans Procedural Practice.

Examination information 

Post-hearing issues for clarification (updated 17 November 2017)

The tables below contain the council’s responses to issues raised at the SIR and SALP hearing sessions and the proposed modifications.

Also below (in the SIR column) is the council’s response to the Inspectors’ letter of 4 October 2017 and accompanying notes 1 and 2 and appendices.

Single Issue Review of CS7 (SIR) Site Allocations Local Plan (SALP)
FHDC response to the Inspectors’ letter of 4 October 2017

SALP main modifications schedule V2

Note 1 - Consistency of SIR to CS1 (including Appendix A and B)

SALP additional modification schedule V2 and modifications to Policies Map V2

Note 1 - Appendix C

AM5 SALP RAF noise contours map

Note 1 - Appendix D

AM24 and AM34 SALP November 2017 trajectory

Note 2 - Traffic and Horse Movements

 

Note 2 - Appendix A

1 and 15. Note on Lakenheath

 

2. Issue of pooling in relation to delivery regarding traffic and horse walks

SIR main modifications schedule V2

3. Review of noise contours in Sustainability Appraisal

SIR additional modification schedule V2

4. Inconsistency in B use class specifications SA4a and SA10a

SIR Appendix B – November 2017 Housing Trajectory

5. Sufficient flexibility in B use class allocations

SIR text for adoption (updated)

6. St Leger site and DC committee report

 

7. Main Modification wording to SA6 sites

1. Paper on jobs growth numbers

8. Site SA6(b) Land at Black Bear Lane and Rowley Drive Junction

2. Delivery of affordable housing

9. Definition of affordable housing in relation to HRI

3. Red Lodge SA10a and National Grid and Acorn Way illustrative plan

10. Use of term Settlement Hierarchy in FHLP documents

4. Historical lapse rates (since 2013)

    Historical lapse rates (since 2013) small sites and large sites

11. SA7(b) flood zone query

5. Historical information on unplanned delivery

12. Start date within SIR trajectory

6. Windfall delivery by location

13. Development Briefs

7. Housing trajectory – explanation of tables:

14. RAF noise contours map

8. Overview of representations received from letters sent to developers

15. (see 1 and 15 above)

9. Note on Academy providers

16. References to settlements
10. Details of measures to combat air quality in Newmarket 17. SA9(c) capacity query

11. List of Newmarket horse crossings and planned Suffolk County Council upgrades

 

Hearing sessions information - (hearing sessions have now concluded)

Date Single Issue Review - Monday 25 September to Friday 29 September 2017 Date Site Allocations Local Plan - Tuesday 17 October to Thursday 19 October 2017
10.10.2017 Councils response to Inspectors letter dated 3 October 2017 12.10.2017 Notice of clarification regarding Site Allocation Local Plan (SALP) Hearing Sessions
05.10.2017 Inspector letter post SIR hearings 12.10.2017 SALP Hearing Agenda (v2 updated attendees)
22.09.2017 SIR Hearing Agenda (updated 22.09.2017) 10.10.2017 SALP Hearing Statements - these statements are written by the Council and objectors in response to the Inspector’s Matters and Issues and may include Statements of Common Ground
22.09.2017 Statements of Common Ground 22.09.2017 Statements of Common Ground
11.09.2017 Single Issue Review Hearing Statements - these statements are written by the Council and objectors in response to the Inspector’s Matters and Issues and may include Statements of Common Ground 15.08.2017 Notice of Independent Examination under Regulation 24 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012
03.08.2017 Notice of Independent Examination under Regulation 24 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 14.08.2017 Site Allocations Local Plan Matters and Issues - these are the matters and issues that the Inspector has identified to date for consideration at the hearings. The list of matters and issues will be updated during the examination process
24.07.2017 Single Issue Review Matters and Issues - these are the matters and issues that the Inspector has identified to date for consideration at the hearings. The list of matters and issues will be updated during the examination process 14.08.2017 Site Allocations Local Plan Hearings Programme (revised - 3 October 2017)
24.07.2017 Single Issue Review Hearings programme (Version 1 - 21 July 2017) 14.08.2017 Site Allocations Local Plan examination guidance from the Inspector
24.07.2017 Single Issue Review examination guidance from the Inspectors    

Correspondence prior to commencement of hearings

Date Correspondence Response Date
27.06.2017

Council's letter to Inspectors

 

1. FHDC answers to Inspectors questions and annex A


2. Question 9 - Core Strategy 2010 with quashed elements struck through


3. Late response to SALP/SIR submission from National Grid

   
02.06.2017 Letter from Inspector - Single Issue Review of Core Strategy Policy CS7

First response to PINs from Council - Timescale for responding to Inspectors' letter of 2 June 2017

06.06.2017

Core Document Library

Section A - Background documents
Section B - Direct Documents
Section C - Submission documents
Section D - post-submission documents

View representations made to the proposed submission documents

Single Issue Review home page

Site Allocations Local Plan home page