Babergh seeks advice on town plan

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Babergh District Council has commenced a four week consultation following an application by Hadleigh Town Council to earmark an area it feels should be covered by a future Neighbourhood Development Plan.

Neighbourhood planning allows communities to develop their own planning policies which will guide new development and help towards meeting the needs of the community.

When successfully complete - a process taking up to two years - the neighbourhood development plan will be used by Babergh District Council, as the local planning authority, when deciding planning applications in the area.

Details including a map of the area can be found at www.babergh.gov.uk/HadleighNDP.

The area proposed by Hadleigh Town Council for neighbourhood planning follows the town boundary and includes both Hadleigh North ward and Hadleigh South ward.

Babergh District Council is now asking whether the area proposed by the town council is appropriate to be used for a Neighbourhood Development Plan and is keen to hear the views from people who live, work and carry out business in the area on its appropriateness.

Possible issues include if there is a group of houses or businesses that are divided by the boundary that residents feel should be included or excluded from the area, however, issues on specific planning matters in Hadleigh are not appropriate.

Comments on the area can be submitted by email to NHP@babergh.gov.uk or alternatively by post to Peter Freer, enabling officer, to Community Led Planning and Design, Babergh District Council, Cork Lane, Hadleigh, IP7 6SJ.

Responses must be received before 4pm on June 29.