Little Cornard Neighbourhood Plan
The Little Cornard Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) has been prepared by Little Cornard Parish Council and local community. It will now be used to help guide and shape future development in the parish.
Reg 20 Formal Adoption (20 July 2022)
In an ‘out of meeting’ decision taken on Wednesday 20 July 2022, Babergh District Council have agreed to 'make' (adopt) the Little Cornard NDP.
This NDP now forms part of the development plan and will be used to help decide planning applications in the parish unless material considerations indicate otherwise.
- Read the adoption version of the Little Cornard NDP
- Read the adoption Decision Statement
- See the Action out of Meeting request
Local Referendum (7 July 2022) - majority 'Yes' vote
A local referendum was held on 7 July 2022 to decide if the Little Cornard NDP should become part of the Council's development plan. The count took place the following day.
The question asked was: Do you want Babergh District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Little Cornard to help it decide planning applications in the Neighbourhood Plan Area?
Reg 18 Exam Report Decision Statement (28 April 2022)
New procedures, agreed in September 2021, mean that an NDP can now advance to referendum without Cabinet approval. This happens in cases where there are no objections to implementing any recommendations from the independent examiner. That was applicable in this case.
The decision was confirmed through publication of the following statement:
Reg 17 Independent Examination (final report 22 April 2022)
Babergh District Council appointed Ann Skippers BSc (Hons) MRTPI FHEA FRSA AoU to carry out an independent examination of this NDP. The examination was conducted through written correspondence.
On 22 April 2022, the examiner issued her final report. It recommends that, subject to modification, the Little Cornard NDP meets the Basic Conditions and should proceed to a local referendum.
- Read the Little Cornard NDP final exam report (22 April 2022)
- Read the examination correspondence document
Planning Practice Guidance also provides advice on the weight to be attached to a post examination plan.
Reg 16 Submission Consultation (18 October to 3 December 2021)
The district council carried out a formal consultation on the submitted NDP to see if it fulfils the Basic Conditions set out in the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.
This was carried out in accordance with Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations 2012 (as amended). The consultation period ran from 18 October to 3 December 2021.
The parish council (the qualifying body) had formally submitted the following documents:
- A map identifying the area to which the proposed NDP relates
- The submission draft Little Cornard NDP (Sept 2021)
- A consultation statement
- A Basic Conditions statement
- A copy of the strategic environmental assessment (SEA) determination notice
- A copy of the habitats regulations assessment (HRA) determination notice
An assessment as to whether this NDP meets the basic conditions will be undertaken by an independent examiner. An initial check has been carried out to confirm 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, published on this webpage. The parish council were also given the opportunity to view the representations made at this stage. As no new issues were raised, they confirmed that they had no further comment to make.
Reg 14 Pre-submission Consultation (22 March to 17 May 2021)
This consultation ended on 17 May 2021. Visit the parish council's website for more information.
SEA and HRA screening and determination (February 2021)
A working draft of the NDP was screened to decide whether an SEA and or an HRA were needed. The need for both were 'screened-out'. The relevant reports and determination notices are published below:
- Read the Little Cornard NDP SEA screening report (Land Use Consultants, Dec 2020)
- Read the Little Cornard NDP SEA determination notice (Feb 2021)
- Read the Little Cornard NDP HRA screening report (Place Services, Jan 2021)
- Read the Little Cornard NDP HRA determination notice (Feb 2021)