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Innocence Farm update

15 August 2019

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We are in the final stages of the Local Plan review.   

Background: East Suffolk Coastal submitted their Local Plan to the government Inspector to be examined for soundness.  A public consultation subsequently took place and the joint PC group (K&F PC and neighbouring PCs) produced a detailed response.  Subsequently the Inspector determined the ‘matters’ he wishes to address at the public examination hearings and the questions he is wanting addressed for each matter.

Where are we now: The joint PC group have contracted with planning professionals and they, with our input, have produced written submissions for each of the 'matters' concerning Innocence Farm (IF) and will be representing us at the hearings, beginning 20th August.

The matters relevant to IF are those addressing the process of producing the Local Plan, the economy policies and finally the IF policy itself.  

Additionally: Regarding housing, the PC have put in a separate submission on the proposed housing at Bucklesham Road, and this is also listed to be discussed within another of the matter hearing sessions, which a representative of the PC will be attending.

The joint PC written statements for the three hearings  are the following: 

Matter 1 - Duty to co-operate; Sustainability appraisal; Habitats regulation assessment

Matter 2 - Economy (Is the overall strategy and provision for employment development effective and justified?)

Matter 3 - Area specific strategies (Is the proposed allocation of land at Innocence Farm justified)

All of the written statements, by all parties,  to the Inspector in preparation for the Hearings are published here

These PC Group submissions and the KATCAG submissions relating to Innocence Farm have the same objectives and present the arguments in differing ways. These are complementary and will give two separate lines of challenge to the soundness of the Innocence Farm proposal.