The production of the Neighbourhood Plan has reached it’s critical stage where the groundwork has been done, and the writing of the plan, and the passing of it through the regulatory process begins.  

With the Babergh District Council’s Local Plan still being prepared, and the fact that our plan has to reconcile to that there are a lot of uncertainties to face.  

Once the draft plan is complete it will go to Planning Direct to vet and formalise the policies. 

The next stage is the Pre-Submission Consultation. This will last 6 weeks and will involve meetings with residents.

There may be changes to the plan before it is submitted to Babergh District Council. This is planned for April 2019. 

If Babergh District accept the plan they will send it to an Examiner. If it is passed by the Examiner then a Referendum will be arranged.  

To be passed it only needs a majority of one vote. It is during these stages when complications can occur and differences of opinion can occur. 

A Strategic Environmental Assessment, Habitat Regulations Assessment, and Site Allocation investigations are required. These are the free reports. 

Most of the Neighbourhood Plan is a report on the current status of the village and should not present any problems.

From the information received so far and other Neighbourhood Plans the policies we should be developing are: 

1. Defining the number of houses to be built and where they should be built.

2. The Development of Social Housing via a Community Land Trust or similar body.

This is likely to be a small development run by a management committee of volunteers and possibly some councillors. 

3. Ensure that future housing developments cater for the older population. 

4. Work in close collaboration with Babergh District Council to ensure planning covers the needs of the village and it’s residents. This needs to be defined but includes green spaces, parking spaces, charging points for electric vehicles, pathways, cycle routes etc. 

5. Preservation of our Heritage and Non Designated Heritage Assets. 

6. Consider means of actively deterring parking on verges, paths and other areas deemed to be dangerous to the public. 

7. Propose and implement with agencies and partners the reconfiguration of the village centre to cope with the strains placed on it. 

8.  Propose and implement with agencies and partners the redesign of the playing field and the building of a new pavilion. 

9. To protect and improve the environment by adding more green spaces, and protecting bye ways. 

10. Encourage the health of the residents by providing and protecting play areas, cycle routes and footpaths. 

11. Work with local businesses to encourage local employment, provide the business premises where required, but to be mindful that this is a residential village and does not need to be spoilt with a business park. 

12. Work with statutory bodies to mitigate problems with focus on surface water drainage, mobile connectivity, and broadband services. 

13. To carry out policies aimed at the reducing the problem of litter, dog waste, and the problems associated with recycling areas. 

This is a list of ideas on policies and is not the actual wording.