Suffolk Coastal Local Plan: Modifications

This consultation has now closed

Responses to Main Modifications, Addendum to the Sustainability Appraisal Report and Habitats Regulations Screening Assessment will be sent in their entirety to the Inspector, who will consider them before he prepares his final report on the Suffolk Coastal Local Plan. Responses to the Additional Modifications and Schedule of Policies Map Modifications will be considered by the Council.

Consultation on modifications
2pm Friday 1st May 2020 to 5pm Friday 10th July 2020

The Suffolk Coastal Local Plan is currently being examined by an Independent Planning Inspector. Following the close of public hearings in September, the Inspector has written to the Council advising what modifications are likely to be required in order for the plan to be found ‘sound’. 

Before the Inspector can finalise his conclusions on the soundness of the Plan, Main Modifications alongside an Addendum to the Sustainability Appraisal Report and an updated Habitats Regulations Assessment of the modifications have been published for consultation. Responses to the consultation will be considered by the Inspector before he prepares his final report on the Plan.

A tracked change version of the Final Draft Local Plan, which incorporates all proposed modifications, has also been published for reference purposes.

This consultation is not an opportunity to re-state previous representations, as these were already considered as part of the examination. This is also not an opportunity to raise new objections to the submitted Local Plan. This consultation is purely on the modifications and it is only these which are available for comment. 

Alongside the consultation on Main Modifications, the Council has also published a number of proposed ‘Additional Modifications’ and proposed modifications to the Policies Maps which it wishes to make prior to adoption. The Council welcomes comments on these.

In view of the current Covid-19 social distancing measures, the Council has set out measures to enable safe participation in the consultation and to ensure that those who wish to engage in the consultation are not disadvantaged. This includes holding the consultation for an extended period of ten weeks and putting measures in place relating to the provision of the hard copies of documents. The Council would normally make hard copies of consultation documents available to view in libraries and in the Council’s offices for those who are unable to view them online, however as this is not possible to do this at this time the Council has put alternative measures in place. Should you not be able to view the consultation documents online, please contact us using the phone number or email address below and we will, where possible, provide hard copies (free of charge) by post. The arrangements will be kept under review throughout the consultation in view of any changing external circumstances. Any changes to arrangements will be communicated.

The Council has submitted to the Inspector responses to his questions and additional evidence as required through the Examination. These are available to view in the Document Library on the Examination pages of the Council’s website. 

If you have any questions, would like to request a hard copy or would like any assistance, please contact the Planning Policy and Delivery Team on or 01394 444557

Comments must be received by 5pm on Friday 10th July 2020. 

Main Modifications

  Document Icon  Main Modifications: View a schedule of the main changes proposed and make a comment

  PDF Icon  Main Modifications (PDF): Save or print a PDF of the main modifications schedule

  PDF Icon  Local Plan: An updated PDF version of the Local Plan which highlights all of the main and additional modifications proposed as tracked changes (for reference purposes only) (Note - Erratum included 10th June 2020)

Sustainability Appraisal

  Document Icon  Addendum to Sustainability Appraisal Report: Screening exercise of the impact of main modifications on the Sustainability Appraisal

All of the Main Modifications have been screened to test whether they would have any impact on the results of the Sustainability Appraisal Report. Where necessary, updates have been made to the conclusions. This can be found in the Sustainability Appraisal Addendum Report which is also published for consultation alongside the Main Modifications. 

Habitat Regulations Assessment

  Document Icon  Habitat Regulations Screening Assessment: Taking into account main modifications

All of the Main Modifications have been screened to test whether they would have any impact on the conclusions of the Suffolk Coastal Local Plan Habitats Regulations Assessment. The Habitat Regulations Assessment has been republished in full to take into account the proposed Main Modifications and is subject to consultation alongside the Main Modifications.

Other documentation

Alongside the consultation on Main Modifications, the Council is also publishing a number of proposed ‘Additional Modifications’ which it wishes to make to the plan prior to adoption. These ‘Additional Modifications’ do not materially alter the policies of the plan and are generally minor clarifications and corrections of factual errors in the supporting text of the plan. Please note the Inspector does not consider comments made on the additional modifications.

A number of changes were also proposed to the Policies Maps to take into account ‘Main Modifications’ and ‘Additional Modifications’ and to correct other errors noticed since publication. A schedule of proposed policies map modifications is published together with revised policies maps. Although the Inspector cannot recommend changes to the Policies Map as Main Modifications, the Council would still welcome comments on the proposed changes. 


  • Opened
    1 May 2020 at 14:00
  • Closed
    10 Jul 2020 at 17:00


Contact Details


01394 444557 / 01502 523029

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East Suffolk Council
Planning Policy & Delivery Team
4 Canning Road
NR33 0EQ