In October 2017 a Neighbourhood Plan for our Parish was adopted by Babergh District Council after it was supported by over 92% of residents who voted in a parish referendum.
Lawshall's Plan was one of the first to be prepared in the Babergh District and put us in a strong position to ensure that planning decisions reflected the local priorities expressed in our Plan. The world of planning, however, changes continuously and now, after five years, it is necessary to build on the excellent work of everyone who contributed to the original Plan, and bring it up to date with current national and local planning policies.
Why we need a NEW Neighbourhood Plan
Neighbourhood Plans form part of the statutory development plan. This means that, when complete, the District Council must use our Plan when deciding planning applications.
Neighbourhood Plans cannot block development, but our existing Plan has helped ensure that some inappropriate proposals have not been allowed to proceed.
The new Neighbourhood Plan review document takes the original 2017 Plan and adds further value to it, to ensure that it remains relevant for Babergh District Council when they consider planning applications in our parish.
Public consultation ended on 30-Nov-2022 - thank you for all your responses!
Full public consultation commenced on Saturday 15-Oct-2022 with a drop-in event at Lawshall Village Hall. The display boards from this event can be viewed here. Public consultation continued until 30-Nov-2022, a period of just over six weeks, and 96 sets of comments (written and online) were received, an excellent response!
Regulation 14 statement
The Qualifying Body considers that the nature of the modifications to be not so significant or substantial as to change the nature of the made Plan. It considers that the modifications would require examination but, subject to the decision of the independent examiner, would not require a referendum. The full text of the Regulation 14 statement can be viewed here.
How to view the NEW Neighbourhood Plan
The new plan can be viewed or downloaded here. A full paper copy of the plan is also available to view at The Swan pub.
Update December 2023 - what happens next
Babergh District Council have completed their second round of consultation and the Plan has been passed to the independent Examiner. Babergh DC have appointed Ann Skippers BSc (Hons) MRTPI FHEA FRSA AoU to carry out this independent examination, which is now under way. Full details of the process and all documents can be found on the Babergh DC website here.