The CEG team likes to work with local communities to evolve the masterplan for our sites. Prior to preparing the planning application we distributed more than 3,100 flyers to local homes and advertised in Parish magazines inviting residents to participate in our consultation events or via the website. Some 390 people attended the first events in 2016 and 160 in February 2017.
The principle for development in this location is already determined, therefore the consultation undertaken focused on the design of the new community rather than the principle of development.
As the Government advises that strategic sites should be outside the Neighbourhood Plan boundary this site is not included. However, the delivery of housing and its associated facilities will seek alignment with the vision and relevant emerging policies of the Martlesham Neighbourhood Plan.
As the site is identified in the Council’s Local Plan there are specific policy requirements we need to deliver in terms of the number of homes and infrastructure provision. A comment form was provided which enabled community input into the design of the masterplan, location and provision of facilities and the nature of the green spaces. In 2016.
We received 47 comment forms via the events, website and post and earlier this year, 49 people chose to provide their feedback on the first draft masterplan.
We have also held meetings and engaged with SCDC, local Parish and Town Councils, the AONB team, Natural England, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Historic England, Highways England, Anglian Water, NHS England and Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, NANT, local groups and community representatives.
We have carefully reviewed the comments made and sought to reflect constructive feedback and ideas in the final masterplan. The Council will undertake the formal consultation process now the application has been submitted.
The summary tables within this brochure explain how the proposals respond to key comments made at each of the consultation stages.