The Long Melford Neighbourhood Plan will become a Statutory Document that will form part of the Babergh Local Plan. The Neighbourhood Plan has been developed over the last two years, following a series of consultations and a significant survey of the local populace. The survey established a number of issues that the parishioners felt important, and helped to develop policies and projects to address those issues.
The statutory consultation period began on Thursday 17 January 2019, and ended on Thursday 28 February 2019. The draft plan is now in the pre-submission stage, where it undergoes a number of “tests” to confirm its viability. The first of those tests was the Regulation 14 Consultation, where the Parish Council submitted it’s draft plan to the village elctorate, and those that serve the village in various ways (such as the Police, NHS, and Water, Electricity, Telephone utilities). It was also submitted to neighbouring parishes, and the County and District Councils. The Parish Council is expected to receive responses, and then make any subsequent changes to the plan as might be necessary.
On completion of the consultation period, the Plan was revised to incorporate comments received, prior to being forwarded to Babergh district Council for inspection. If it is found to conform with it’s requirements, the District Council will organise a referundum of the parish elcetorate, wh can vote either to accept or reject the plan.
The Long Melford Neighbourhood Plan, together with the Supporting information for it, can be found here. (This is a separate website, dedicated to the Neighborhood Plan, operated by the Parish Council).
The Terms of Reference for the Neighbourhood Plan Working Group are available here.
Please also see Neighbourhood Plan on Facebook