The adopted Local Plan for St Edmundsbury Borough and adopted and emerging local plans for Forest Heath District will continue to apply to those parts of the West Suffolk Council area until a new Local Plan for West Suffolk is adopted. this is currently scheduled for mid-2023.
Please be aware that there may be interruptions to our online planning service (Public Access) up until April 2019 due to essential work to prepare for changing to a new West Suffolk Council on 1 April 2019.
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 Inspectors.
All correspondence relating to the examination should be sent to the Programme Officer at:
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.
New information - December 2018
|26 November 2018 - comments from Newmarket Horseman's Group (NHG) regarding the Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA)||12 December 2018 - Inspectors questions to the Local Authority re matters raised by NHG on the HRA||19 December 2018 - FHDC response to the matters raised by the NHG to the HRA|
|Submitted by||documents submitted after examination hearings as requested by Inspector|
|Forest Heath District Council||Newmarket Horse Crossing Survey Review - in response to data provided by Horse Racing Industry|
|Habitats Regulations Assessment Clarification|
|Newmarket Horsemans Group||Note re Habitats Regulations Assessment|
|Documents submitted during examination hearings|
|NHG traffic and horse queue length surveys - May 2018|
|Inspectors' information||Council's information|
|Horse Crossing Assessment - Rayes Lane, Newmarket|
|Hatchfield Farm - re-opening inquiry letter|
|Natural England response to HRA addendum|
|Addendum to the HRA's of the Forest Heath SIR and SALP (Modification stage)|
|4 June 2018 - Letter from Inspectors re HRA||4 June 2018 - Council's response re HRA|
26 April 2018
|*** Please Note: The inclusion of Main Modification MM16 in the SALP main modification table is an error as it is NOT a change from the Submission SALP text (the process is to comment on changes). However if any comments regarding paragraph 5.6.19 are submitted they will be passed on to the Inspector ***|
|13 March 2018 - letter from Inspectors re SIR||28 March 2018 - Council's letter to Inspectors re consultation and hearings timetable|
|13 March 2018 - letter from Inspectors re SALP|
|22 February 2018 - Council's letter to Inspectors following the Forest Heath Council Full Council meeting held on 21 February 2018|
|10 January 2018 - Letter from Inspectors||19 January 2018 - Council's response to Inspectors|
|28 November 2017 - Letter from Inspectors||05 December 2017 - FHDC response to Inspectors letter dated 28 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|
|AM5 SALP RAF noise contours map|
|SIR additional modification schedule V2|
|SIR Appendix B – November 2017 Housing Trajectory|
|SIR text for adoption (updated)|
|13. Development Briefs|
|14. RAF noise contours map|
|15. (see 1 and 15 above)|
|16. References to settlements|
|10. Details of measures to combat air quality in Newmarket||17. SA9(c) capacity query|
|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 (15 Aug 2012)|
|03.08.2017||Notice of Independent Examination under Regulation 24 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (3 Aug 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|
|02.06.2017||Letter from Inspector - Single Issue Review of Core Strategy Policy CS7||06.06.2017|
|Section A - Background documents|
|Section B - Direct Documents|
|Section C - Submission documents|
|Section D - post-submission documents|