Holbrook Neighbourhood Plan

The Holbrook Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) has been prepared by the Parish Council and local community and will be used to help guide and shape future development in the parish.

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Reg 20 Formal adoption (28 November 2023)

In an ‘out of meeting’ decision published on Tuesday 28  November 2023 Babergh District Council agreed to adopt ('make') the Holbrook NDP. 

This NDP, which covers the plan period to 2037, now forms part of the development plan and will be used to help determine planning applications in the parish unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

Supporting Evidence

The following documents provide supporting evidence for the adopted NDP:

Previous stages...

Local Referendum (21 November 2023)

A local referendum on the Holbrook NDP took place on Tuesday 21 November 2023. 

The question asked of those entitled to vote was:

Do you want Babergh District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Holbrook to help it decide planning applications in the Neighbourhood Area?

Reg 18 Exam Report Decision Statement (27 February 2023)

New procedures, agreed in September 2021, mean that a NDP can now be advance to a referendum without Cabinet approval where there is no objection to implementing the Examiner's recommendations. That applies in this case, and the decision is confirmed through publication of the following statement:

Reg 17 Independent Examination (Final Report dated 20 February 2023)

Babergh District Council appointed Janet Cheesley BA (Hons) DipTP MRTPI to carry out an independent examination of the Holbrook NDP. The examination was conducted through written correspondence.

On Monday 20 February 2023, the Examiner issued her final report. It recommended that, subject to modification, this NDP meets the basic conditions and that it should proceed to a local referendum.

Planning Practice Guidance also provides advice on the weight to be attached to a post-examination plan.

Reg 16 Submission consultation (28 Nov 2022 to 25 Jan 2023)

The submission draft Holbrook NDP was made available for public consultation between 28 November 2022 and 25 January 2023. The Parish Council (the qualifying body) had formally submitted the following documents:

An assessment on how this NDP meets the basic conditions will be undertaken by an Independent Examiner. Our initial check confirmed that the relevant requirements have been met at this stage. View the Regulation 15 Checklist.

Respondents were also reminded that their comments would be forwarded to the Examiner and, with the exception of personal details, be published on this website.

SEA/HRA Screening and Determination (Sept 2022)

A copy of the submission draft NDP was screened to determine whether a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and or a Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) were needed. Both were 'screened-out'.

The relevant reports and determination notices are published below:

Reg 14 Pre-submission Consultation (25 Oct to 5 Dec 2021)

Pre-submission consultation on the draft Holbrook NDP ended on 5 December 2021. 

Reg 05 - Area Designation (6 April 2018)