Waveney Local Plan - Final Draft

How to make a representation

1. Go to the relevant section using the contents below, then click on  Add a comment button

2. Complete the questions which appear.

3. Once you have completed all the questions, click on  Submit Comment Button

For further help on making a representation, view the guidance notes and statement of representations procedure.



Local Plan stages

Issues and Options
First Draft Plan
Final Draft Plan
Submission for Examination
Examination Hearing
  Inspector's Report and Adoption 

What is this document?
This is the Final Draft of the Waveney Local Plan. It has been published under Regulation 19 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) Regulations 2012 (as amended).

Making a representation
Please submit representations using the on-line Representation Form. Representations on soundness and legal compliance of the Final Draft Plan can be made between 10am on 29th March and 5pm on 24th May 2018. Following this, the Council will submit the Local Plan to the Secretary of State for independent examination.

A Planning Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State will consider all representations made on the Final Draft Plan, and will hold a public hearing. If you wish to appear at the hearing and take part in the examination, you must first make written representations on the plan during the above period and request to participate at the public hearing. Hearings will take the format of an informal round table exploration of issues.

Inspector’s Report and Adoption
Following the hearings, the Inspector will publish a report which will set out if the Plan is 'Sound' or 'Unsound'. Subject to the Inspectors Report, the Council will formally adopt the Local Plan. On adoption, the Local Plan will replace the Core Strategy (2009), Development Management Policies (2011), Site Allocations (2011) and Lake Lothing and Outer Harbour Area Action Plan (2012) in their entirety.

What is Soundness?
The National Planning Policy Framework sets out the tests of soundness which a Local Plan must pass. These are:

  • Effective – the plan should be deliverable over its period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic priorities.
  • Positively prepared – the plan should be prepared based on a strategy which seeks to meet objectively assessed development and infrastructure requirements, including unmet requirements from neighbouring authorities where it is reasonable to do so and consistent with achieving sustainable development.
  • Justified – the plan should be the most appropriate strategy, when considered against the reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence.
  • Consistent with national policy – the plan should enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the Framework.

Representations on the Final Draft Plan should indicate what test of soundness they relate to and whether they consider the plan to be sound or not.