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New public consultation launches on draft Joint Local Plan for future development in Babergh

A second public consultation on the future blueprint for housing, economic development and infrastructure in Sudbury and the rest of Babergh kicked off this week.

Residents have been invited to submit their views on the Babergh and Mid Suffolk Joint Local Plan – Preferred Options document, which sets out the policy and development priorities in the two districts up to 2036.

The plan includes an objective to deliver a minimum of 7,560 additional homes in Babergh during this period, meaning 420 would need to be built each year, with a provision for new developments with 10 or more properties to consist of 35 per cent affordable housing.

Market Hill in Sudbury. PICTURE: Mecha Morton. (14297562)
Market Hill in Sudbury. PICTURE: Mecha Morton. (14297562)

It also proposes new retail and town centre uses in Sudbury and Hadleigh, and sets out a policy of protecting and supporting the principle of expansion at existing strategic employment sites, including Churchfield Road, Northern Road, Chilton Industrial Estate and Woodhall Business Park in Sudbury, Bull Lane in Acton and Lady Lane in Hadleigh.

Clive Arthey, Babergh’s cabinet member for planning, said: “I can’t stress enough how important it is for us to have a fully compliant and up-to-date local plan.

“We have a growing population and need a strategic approach to how we’re going to provide the housing and the jobs needed in Babergh.

“This plan not only seeks to provide that, but also addresses the real concerns people have around the environmental and social impacts of growth.

“The plan will shape development over the next two decades and we want to get it right, so I urge everyone to take the opportunity over the next 10 weeks to have a look at it and tell us what they like about it and what they don’t.”

The deadline for public comments to be submitted during the consultation period is Monday, September 30, at 4pm.

The preferred options document will be available for viewing at libraries in Sudbury, Long Melford, Great Cornard, Hadleigh, Glemsford and Lavenham, while a public drop-in event is scheduled to take place in Lavenham Village Hall on Wednesday, August 14, between 3.30pm and 7pm.

The comments provided will be used to inform a future revised draft of the joint local plan. To view it, go online to www.babergh.gov.uk/jointlocalplan.

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