Lavenham Neighbourhood Plan

The Lavenham Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) was 'made' (adopted) by Babergh District Council in September 2016. It covers the plan period 2016 - 2031.

The NDP is now being updated by the parish council so that it can continue to help guide and shape development in the parish. Lavenham Neighbourhood Plan 2 (LNP2) will cover the plan period 2023 - 2037.

The process for modifying a NDP is set out in the relevant regulations. The nature of the modifications will determine how much of the process needs to be repeated.

Lavenham Neighbourhood Plan 2

Latest news...

Reg 17 Examination (commenced 23 Nov 2023)

Babergh District Council have appointed Janet Cheesley BA (Hons) DipTP MRTPI to carry out an independent examination of LNP2. The examination has begun and updates will be published in the correspondence document below and/or on this webpage as appropriate.

Focused consultation: General conformity with basic conditions (Mon 27 Nov to Mon 11 Dec 2023)

Following publication of the new NPPF (in September) and our recent adoption of the Joint Local Plan Part 1, we are carrying out a focused two-week consultation exercise on whether or not these two events have any implications for LNP2 with regard to it meeting two of the basic condition tests. 

Further details, including how to respond, are set out in the letter below. The consultation period ends at 4:00pm on Monday 11 December 2023.

Previous stages...

Reg 17(e)(ii) Statement

The NDP regulations required the relevant local planning authority to submit a statement to the examiner that sets out their assessment of the nature of the modifications being made to the NDP. 

Reg 16 Submission consultation (ended 18 August 2023)

The submission draft LNP2 was published for public consultation between 3 July and 18 August 2023.

The Parish Council (the qualifying body) had formally submitted the following documents. (Please note that some of these are larges files). 

An assessment on how LNP2 meets the basic conditions will be undertaken by an Independent Examiner (see above). Our initial checks suggested 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. 

Reg 15 Submission (May 2023)

LNP2 was formally submitted to Babergh District Council on 4 May 2023.

SEA/HRA screening and determination (Feb2023)

A draft copy of LNP2 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 (8 Dec 2022 to 1 Feb 2023)

Pre-submission consultation on LNP2 ended on 1 February 2023.

Please visit the parish council's website for more information.

The adopted Lavenham NDP 2016 - 2031

Formal adoption (20 Sept 2016)

At its Full Council meeting on 20 September 2016, Babergh District Council resolved to adopt ('make') the Lavenham NDP following a majority 'yes' vote by local residents.

The Plan, which covers the period up to 2031, now forms part of the development plan framework for the district and will be used in the determination of planning applications in the parish unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

Previous Stages...

Reg 18 Local referendum (Sept 2016)

Reg 17 Independent examination (April 2016)

Reg 16 Submission consultation (Jan - Feb 2016)

Reg 05 Area Designation (2 Sept 2013)