Suffolk Coastal says

Following on from the letter for the Secretary of State  SCDC on 14 June 2010 published a statement on their website which says that they plan to adopt the new core strategy as an “Interim Planning Policy ” to enable the large number of routine planning applications to proceed in a well structured way.

Our current understanding of SCDC’s Planning policy (the LDF) is:

The next stage for SCDC’s Local Development Framework (LDF) would be for a planning inspector to test the LDF to see if it is ‘sound’ before it is formally adopted. The timing of this is not in the public domain, but it is understood that this process is currently on hold pending more guidance from the government on their new policy. However, in the meantime, SCDC has decided to adopt the draft LDF as ‘interim policy’.

However, before the election, SCDC had agreed to review the draft LDF in the light of any government change of planning policy:

“ in the event of a change in national policy and /or regional planning policy relevant to, and significant for, the substantive issues in the Council’s Core Strategy, that the stages towards the adoption of the Core strategy be progressed no further pending a review by the Cabinet of the implications of the changes to government policy on the Core Strategy, and the consideration of the Cabinet’s review by the full council”

NANT believes that this should mean that:

The Council should conduct a proper review of local housing need using the latest data of population growth and existing housing provision plus up-to-date and realistic forecasts of economic growth at the proposed hi-tech business centre to produce a revised LDF which is not based on imposed housing targets for the Ipswich Policy Area

The draft LDF (whether amended or not) should be resubmitted to full council for agreement before it can be submitted to the planning inspector for the soundness test. All SCDC meetings are advertised in advance via SCDC’s website.

Note that in the event that another vote on the LDF were to be taken at a full council meeting, persuading another 10 council members to vote against it would make it a borderline decision.

Here is a diagram showing the key events in developing the LDF. It is interesting that between September and December 2008 the number of houses at the BT site was increased to 2000 and the absolute limit of 1050 in the LDF miraculously changed to reflect this. In October BT wrote to the East of England Regional Assembly (now extinct) to offer 3500 houses in the future.

Other items relevant to SCDC are shown below.

Councillor frozen out of voting on housing bid in his own district

Interesting EADT article about Framlingham housing read here.

EADT:Councillor’s bid to prevent new home next door

An interesting piece in the EADT about Councillor Andy Smith, previous Chair of the Planning Committee and proponent of the Adastral development. Read it here.

An account of the four days in Court should appear shortly.

SCDC Special Meeting

Following on from the Inspector’s report on Suffolk Coastal’s Core Strategy was a special meeting of the council on July 5th to consider the adoption of the Suffolk Coastal Core Strategy and Development Management Policies document.

We are still in discussion with our legal advisers – they are investigating the merits of further action . . . → Read More: SCDC Special Meeting

Extraordinary full council meeting May 20th

Since the most recent consultation period ended the Inspector wrote to SCDC seeking further comments in relation to the NANT response. SCDC has now replied – both letters can be viewed here. The letters will be found under the heading Latest Information, and are those dated 2nd May and 16th April. Here is the . . . → Read More: Extraordinary full council meeting May 20th

SCC Consultation begins February 21st 2013

SCDC has begun a 6 week consultation on the Main Modifications to the LDF/Core Strategy and the Revised Sustainability Appraisal. This started on February 21st and will continue until 5th April – The official notification letter and more details are to be found on Suffolk Coastal’s website – here is the link to the . . . → Read More: SCC Consultation begins February 21st 2013

SCDC response to the inspector

The Council’s response to the inspector is now available from their website or here (44 pages).

More on the Examination in Public

Those who have made representation to the EiP should have received a letter/email from Annette Feeney informing us that the inspector has decided  to add an exploratory meeting at the start of the pre hearing meeting on July 12th.  This is because the inspector is still not happy with the latest reply from Ridley . . . → Read More: More on the Examination in Public

Letter from the Planning Inspector to SCDC

A little light reading which might cheer you up. This letter InspectorConcerns060612 is on the SCDC website and is from the Inspector – it identifies a variety of concerns he has regarding the core strategy, several of which relate to the issues that we have all been trying to get the council to consider but . . . → Read More: Letter from the Planning Inspector to SCDC

Suffolk Coastal: Rebel councillor explains walkout

See EADT article here.

NANT update on Council meeting 26th April 2012

There were around 70 members of the public – I think all were supporters. The EADT was there, taking lots of photos in the hall before we started and we are on the front page of the EADT.  (more BBC coverage here). We moved inside fairly quickly as the councillors were going in through . . . → Read More: NANT update on Council meeting 26th April 2012

Details of the council meeting 26th April 2012

Additional meeting to progress the LDF Core Strategy to independent examination. Please note that venue is

The Kesgrave Conference Centre, Ropes Hall, Twelve Acre Approach, Kesgrave IP5 1JF. All the details are now on Suffolk Coastal website – there is only 1 item on the agenda - a report on the progress of the LDF/Core Strategy. . . . → Read More: Details of the council meeting 26th April 2012

SCDC meeting scheduled for Thursday 26th April

There is a meeting of SCDC on Thursday 26th April. At the moment it is scheduled for 6pm which seems a very strange time.  The agenda has yet to be published but we understand that there will be a report, followed by a debate on the “progress” of the LDF/Core Strategy.  It will be interesting . . . → Read More: SCDC meeting scheduled for Thursday 26th April

EADT:Campaigners threaten to take district council to court over LDF

See the article in the East Anglian regarding the Council Special meeting on December 15th 2011

Special Full Council meeting regarding the LDF

The special Full Council meeting regarding the LDF has been arranged for 15th December 2pm. Woodbridge Community Hall. Details here.

SCDC back down and return the LDF to full council

Following the NANT “pre action” letter from our solicitor and QC, formally putting the council on notice of the pending legal proceedings through the judicial review process, Head of Planning, Philip Ridley has backed down.

NANT said that the council had acted unlawfully when it decided to delegate its powers to the head . . . → Read More: SCDC back down and return the LDF to full council

SCDC Consultation Documents – updated 30th August

Comments are invited by the Council only on the updated Sustainability Appraisal and Appropriate Assessment documents over a 6 week period starting 30th August 2011 and ending 14th October 2011. We will try to publish a version of the each document showing the changes from the last version. This should reduce the work involved . . . → Read More: SCDC Consultation Documents – updated 30th August

Latest (and final?) Core Strategy Consultation

The Reviewed Core Strategy was considered by Full Council on 27 July 2011when it was resolved to progress the document subject to the Sustainability Appraisal and Appropriate Assessment documents being updated. (minutes are available but note there is a an error in the file on SCDCs website so here is a readable copy Full . . . → Read More: Latest (and final?) Core Strategy Consultation

EADT coverage of Council Meeting to approve LDF

The East Anglian’s coverage is here.

Full Council meeting regarding LDF

Full Council Meeting is on Wednesday 27th July. It will be held at the Suffolk Showground and will start at 9.30am. The agenda and documnets should appear here soon.

EADT: Council back LDF despite Public Opposition

Here is the East Anglian’s account of the Council meeting held on July 8th. The Councillor for Yoxford said:- “Having raised the number, the decision to put them all in one place was never revisited. This is a doubly flawed decision which has come back to bite us and is still biting us.”

The . . . → Read More: EADT: Council back LDF despite Public Opposition

Council meeting on July 8th – documents

A number of documents have just appeared on the Council website in anticipation of the next cabinet meeting and relevant to the LDF. They are available here.  Please let us have your observations and comments as we have not yet been through them.

Dates for Council LDF meetings

The council have now arranged dates for Cabinet and Full Council meetings as follows:-

Cabinet – Friday 8 July 2011 at 9.30 am   – venue Trinity Park Conference Centre Council – Wednesday 27 July 2011 at 9.30 am – venue Trinity park Conference Centre

Several updates have been made to the LDF supporting documents . . . → Read More: Dates for Council LDF meetings

SCDC’s possible LDF timetable as at April 2011

2011

March/April        Complete additional assessment work June                         Report to Cabinet June/July              Report to Full Council- At this point the Reviewed Core Strategy will replace the Interim Core Strategy October         . . . → Read More: SCDC’s possible LDF timetable as at April 2011

The Truth about the LDF Consultation Responses

SCDC have claimed 3.5% support for the Local Development Framework Core Strategy (LDF). This may or may not be accurate, but it is an overall figure that hides the truth: there is virtually no support for the general housing numbers or distribution, or the allocations in the East Ipswich Policy Area (EIPA) or Felixstowe.

. . . → Read More: The Truth about the LDF Consultation Responses

Planning Inspector attaches ‘little weight’ to LDF strategy

In January there was a planning inquiry to decide an appeal by a developer against the refusal by SCDC to grant planning permission for a development close to the site of BT’s application to build 2,000 houses next to Adastral Park. The proposal was for a change of use of agricultural land to allow . . . → Read More: Planning Inspector attaches ‘little weight’ to LDF strategy

EADT: Council to employ BT “new town” planner

The East Anglian wrote up Suffolk Coastal’s job advert for a planner to manage the BT planning application. Janet Elliot speaking for NANT said the group felt it was “a little premature” for the council to be employing a dedicated officer at time when the Local Development Framework has been put on hold for . . . → Read More: EADT: Council to employ BT “new town” planner

Good News – Core Strategy put on hold

This press release from Suffolk Coastal says that the Special Council meeting to approve the LDF on March 9th 2011 is now postponed so that the objection made by Suffolk Wildlife Trust can be studied. The impending District Council elections in May 2011 will mean that the LDF (or RCS as Suffolk Coastal . . . → Read More: Good News – Core Strategy put on hold

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT – CABINET MEETING

REMINDER OF CABINET MEETING this coming Thursday February 17th at 9.30am at Trinity Park.  Some members of the Council wish to discount the huge public opposition to the allocation of 2000 houses at BT.  The only way to make sure that the Council take note is to have a large public presence at the . . . → Read More: IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT – CABINET MEETING

Important Council meetings

We now have information about the next series of relevant council meetings about the LDF (which leads up to the BT Planning decision).

January 5th    Special Development Control - the papers can be downloaded here ,

January 17th Trinity Park  9.30am Community Customers and Partners Scrutiny - we note that this is . . . → Read More: Important Council meetings

Responding to the LDF Consultation

We only have until January 23rd to respond to the consultation. The strategy is still for 2,000 houses to the south and east of Adastral Park. The case for putting 31% of the planned housing growth in the Ipswich Plan Area (ie around Martlesham including BT’s site) is by no means proven. We . . . → Read More: Responding to the LDF Consultation

LDF Consultation has begun 29th November

Extract and links from SCDC planning website:

Core Strategy review and consultation - Since coming to power in May, the Government has implemented a raft of changes which impact on the planning system. In particular, they have told all councils that regional targets for new homes (Regional Spatial Strategies) will be abolished and that each . . . → Read More: LDF Consultation has begun 29th November

Petition delivered to Melton Hill

This afternoon, Friday 26th November a hardy band of NANT supporters gathered at Melton Hill  in freezing temperatures. Janet Elliot and members of the NANT steering group supported by residents of Waldringfield and Martlesham Heath delivered the petition to Hilary Slater SCDC’s legal officer.

Click on the picture opposite to see the handover . . . → Read More: Petition delivered to Melton Hill

NANT Update- SCDC LDF consultation dates

Suffolk Coastal has just announced a further round of consultation which will run from 29 November to 23 January.

In the light of the new government’s emerging planning policies SCDC has announced that they have revised some aspect of the LDF (including reducing the total number of houses required in the whole District over . . . → Read More: NANT Update- SCDC LDF consultation dates

Suffolk Coastline Magazine – Issue 45 autumn/winter 2010

Many of you will have received the latest Coastline newsletter from SCDC, and seen the front page article “Help us agree how many homes are needed ” which went on to announce yet another round of public consultation. Some members of the NANT committee observed the Cabinet meeting on 2 November where the Cabinet . . . → Read More: Suffolk Coastline Magazine – Issue 45 autumn/winter 2010

Protected: Private Eye – BT entertain Suffolk County Council Chief

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

EADT – SCDC Bosses defend planning services

Note that the LDF process was specifically excluded from scrutiny exercise. The EADT reported that:-

Suffolk Coastal District Council’s Corporate Services Scrutiny Committee met at Ufford Park Hotel in Melton, near Woodbridge, yesterday.

Members are currently looking at how the authority’s planning service can be improved and heard from a number of . . . → Read More: EADT – SCDC Bosses defend planning services

SCDC launches consultation on a new draft LDF

Suffolk Coastal District Council has just published a report, to be considered by its Cabinet on 2nd November 2010, which sets out a suggested programme of action for updating the LDF as a result of changes in Government planning policy. They are proposing to publish a revised draft LDF Core Strategy and supporting documentation, . . . → Read More: SCDC launches consultation on a new draft LDF

Martlesham Parish Council Planning meeting -Bloors application 9 September 2010.

Steve Brown and Martin Price from SCDC attended. The earliest date for going to Development Control Committee was said to be November. Advice was given as to how the application might be considered relative to the saved policies which include:- General policy of restraint Villages should not have estates Countryside should be protected Open spaces between settlements should be protected. . . . → Read More: Martlesham Parish Council Planning meeting -Bloors application 9 September 2010.

SCDC Corporate Services Scrutiny Committee

This committee met on 17 September 2010 to review the following observations from parishes about the planning process:

A feeling  that town/parish councils’ views were disregarded; A belief that consultation times were too short; Laxness in answering correspondence and telephone messages; Poor feedback; Poor enforcement.

Unfortunately this specifically omitted the LDF. Minutes of . . . → Read More: SCDC Corporate Services Scrutiny Committee

EADT – Planning service under the microscope

The meeting heard there was a perception that many decisions were made behind closed doors between developers and planners and that residents’ views were a “mere inconvenience”…….Read the full article in the East Anglian Daily Times

Planning chaos hits huge Ipswich scheme

Reported in Property Week on August 6th 2,000-home Adastral Park is biggest victim yet of Con-Dem planning policy void. Plans for a huge mixed-use development near Ipswich have been plunged into uncertainty by the government’s planning reforms. BT’s Adastral Park project, which comprises 2,000 homes and 650,000 sq ft of offices, is the largest . . . → Read More: Planning chaos hits huge Ipswich scheme

SCDC meetings in September

Here is the calendar of meetings.

There is a South Area Development Control Sub-Committee onThursday 16 September 2010 Time: 9.00am.

There is a Full Council meeting on Thursday 23 September 2010 Time: 7.30pm.

EADT 24th July – Councillor sacked for ‘being honest’

See EADT article about Cllr. Sherrie Green

“The regional spatial strategy has been overturned and in line with what we stated at the vote I think we need to be honest with local people and actually stop this LDF and go back to the drawing board.

To not do this makes us appear disingenuous…this . . . → Read More: EADT 24th July – Councillor sacked for ‘being honest’

EADT article – Bottom Up targets not Top Down

This article quotes Guy McGregor talking about what the County Council wants to do in terms of housing planning in the light of the new government’s policies. Basically he says the targets should be determined bottom-up, not top down and that they need to get feedback “from those on the ground” . He does however says that he . . . → Read More: EADT article – Bottom Up targets not Top Down

Coastline Magazine – New Planning Policies

Many people will have received the Summer 2010 edition of the Council’s Newsletter (ironically the strapline on every page is “Where Quality of Life Counts” !). The article says that the Council has told planners and developers that the policies contained in the Core Strategy should now be used to assess most new planning applications.

Councillor Smith is . . . → Read More: Coastline Magazine – New Planning Policies

SCDC plan to adopt the new core strategy as Interim

Following on from the letter for the Secretary of State (below) SCDC have published a statement on their website which says  that they plan to adopt the new core strategy as an “Interim Planning Policy ” to enable the large number of routine planning applications to proceed in a well structured way.

They . . . → Read More: SCDC plan to adopt the new core strategy as Interim

SCDC Formal Notice

SCDC have issued this formal notice of the Council’s decision and notice that the final round of consultation will commence in June. See here also.

SCDC 2 April 2010 – Minutes of the Full Council Meeting on 18 March

Minutes of the Full Council Meeting on 18 March are available here -  Council Minutes – 18 March 2010

John Kelso report

John-Kelsos-report-18-March

DISTRICT COUNCILLOR’S REPORT APRIL 2010 2,000 HOMES FOR MARTLESHAM NOW MORE LIKELY Having just returned from the Suffolk Coastal Full Council meeting to agree that the LDF Core Strategy document be submitted for examination in public by an independent inspector (likely to happen in Autumn 2010) and to . . . → Read More: John Kelso report

SCDC website announces result of full Council meeting

SCDC website announces the result of the full Council meeting and says what happens next – HERE.   Please go to our Documents page (link above) to download the Planning Portal documents on examining LDF procedures and soundness.

Voting results at Full Council Meeting 18 March 2010

Outcome of SCDC full Council meeting

The outcome of tonight’s meeting of the full Council was that the recommendations from Cabinet were approved:- ie

Agrees that the Core Strategy as set out in Appendix 1 to the report be submitted for examination by an independent inspector subject to completing all relevant processes and procedures; Adopt the Policies as interim . . . → Read More: Outcome of SCDC full Council meeting

SCDC 18th March full Council meeting

The papers for the 18th March full Council meeting are now available on the SCDC website  – HERE

SCDC notes of the Cabinet meeting Plus comments

Some notes of the Cabinet meeting now available – NANT Comments on the SCDC Cabinet Meeting – 24th Feb 2010

Letter from NANT to SCDC Councillors

Sent by NANT to all Members of the Council asking them to delay approving the Core Strategy until after the election (both Conservative and Liberal policies would see the current housing targets scrapped).

Letter-to-full-council

SCDC Cabinet Meeting Decision on LDF

The Cabinet met today and you will be disappointed, but probably not surprised, to learn that Cabinet voted unanimously to recommend the LDF Core Strategy to full Council for approval on 18th March.  This is not good news. More details will be posted in the next day or two (28/2: sorry this taking a . . . → Read More: SCDC Cabinet Meeting Decision on LDF

SCDC full Council meeting has been moved

We’ve been advised that the full Council meeting has also been moved – see above (please note change of time also).  Please keep an eye on our website in case it gets moved again. Please try to attend both meetings (but especially the Full Council meeting) -  it helps if they see the . . . → Read More: SCDC full Council meeting has been moved

SCDC papers for the 24th Feb Cabinet meeting

The papers for the 24th Feb Cabinet meeting are now available HERE.  The document CAB14-10-LDF sets out the Council’s proposal – ie to endorse the LDF with 2000 homes on the BT land at Martlesham.

SCDC Minutes of the Scrutiny Committee

The Minutes of the Scrutiny Committee are now available HERE

SCDC Cabinet Meeting has been changed to 24th February

The Cabinet Meeting has been changed to 24th February – see above.  New documents concerning BT’s planning application have been put on the SCDC website and the closing date for consultation is 25th February. We hope you find time to read at least some of the documents and respond to SCDC.  Please cc us . . . → Read More: SCDC Cabinet Meeting has been changed to 24th February

SCDC Scrutiny Committee continuation

The Scrutiny Committee continuation meeting finished at 5.30 pm today having started at 10am !  The most interesting part was the last 20 minutes when the Committee seemed to decide that they would recommend to Cabinet that the responses to the last round of consultation should be considered at an (extra?) LDF Task Group . . . → Read More: SCDC Scrutiny Committee continuation

Outcome of the Scrutiny Committee on 21 Jan 2010 at Trinity Park.

22 January 2010

After a long and energetic discussion the  meeting was adjourned at 10pm last night, and today it has been announced on the SCDC website (provided you know where to look) that it will continue on 1st February at 10am at Trinity Park.

WE MUSTN’T SUFFER FROM BATTLE . . . → Read More: Outcome of the Scrutiny Committee on 21 Jan 2010 at Trinity Park.