BMSDC Joint Local Plan - Pre-Submission Reg19 (interactive) 2020
Ended on the 24 December 2020
11 – STRATEGIC INFRASTRUCTURE
Policy background and explanation
11.01 The provision of infrastructure is fundamental to maintaining the quality of life, the prosperity and environmental credentials of the area. It is essential that any future growth and development is supported by infrastructure to meet the needs of the population, businesses and the wider community. There are a wide range of infrastructure types necessary at both a local and strategic level. It is critical that the strategic and cumulative infrastructure needs are considered and addressed at a strategic district wide level. This will then inform how individual developments can contribute and support the delivery of such strategic infrastructure, as well as understanding the more localised and scheme specific infrastructure capacity issues and needs.
11.02 The key strategic infrastructure projects relevant to the Plan area include key transport improvements, a schools expansion programme, environmental protection of internationally important environmental designations in and around the Plan area, improvements to digital infrastructure and the water supply and treatment network. A comprehensive list of all strategic and local infrastructure is set out in the Babergh and Mid Suffolk Infrastructure Delivery Plan.
11.03 Across Suffolk and beyond, there are strong aspirations towards the delivery of key infrastructure projects, some of which will cross over administrative local authority boundaries. As such, development in the Ipswich Strategic Planning Area (ISPA) is predicted to add significant strain on the transport network. Therefore, a Transport Mitigation Strategy, which provides a package of transport measures, has been identified to reduce vehicle movements arising from new development and existing communities.
11.04 The overall strategy for the pattern, scale and quality of development as set out in Joint Local Plan has been informed by the provision of existing capacity and the deliverability of new infrastructure provision. Further information on the assessment of infrastructure is set out in the Babergh and Mid Suffolk Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP).
11.05 To support the delivery of growth across Babergh and Mid Suffolk, the Councils will continue to work with service providers, statutory bodies and neighbouring authorities to ensure support for the timely delivery of the required infrastructure throughout the Plan period.
11.06 Monitoring of infrastructure delivery and re-assessment of infrastructure requirements will be undertaken regularly.
11.07 All allocation sites must have a project level HRA if they are within the zone of influence of protected habitats sites. Where relevant, project level Habitat Regulation Assessments (HRA), Construction Environment Management Plans (CEMP) and lighting design schemes for planning applications will be required.
- The Councils will work with the relevant partners in supporting and enabling the delivery of key strategic infrastructure projects affecting the plan area which include:
- Transportation improvements (including modal shift) to the strategic infrastructure along the A12 and A14 corridors, and the delivery of the Ipswich Strategic Planning Area Transport Mitigation Strategy to mitigate cumulative transport and air quality impacts.
- A district wide education expansion programme to match projected population growth.
- Protected Habitats Mitigation Zones
- Upgrade from 2025 to the Hartismere water supply infrastructure network.
- Improvements to digital technology infrastructure
- All development will also need to make provision for appropriate contributions towards community infrastructure, where the relevant locality to the development proposal has been identified through the Infrastructure Delivery Plan.
- The required infrastructure will be provided through a combination of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), Planning Obligations, Developer Contributions and where appropriate funding assistance from the Councils / other provider organisations.
11.08 Community infrastructure is vital to ensuring that settlements of all scales can thrive and function in more sustainable ways. The role of community infrastructure such as healthcare, early years and primary education, and cultural infrastructure, is typically of a more localised nature, but the cumulative impact of deficits can be severe on a wide area.
11.09 Many communities within the Babergh and Mid Suffolk area need improvements to community infrastructure, to support the overall and proposed distribution of growth. The Infrastructure Delivery Plan has identified which improvements to community infrastructure are required throughout the lifetime of the Plan. Development must have regard to this, to ensure that appropriate and sustainable development can be supported. The allocations made in the Plan are accompanied by a clear list of infrastructure requirements, which are considered necessary to bring them forward for development and have been subject to suitable viability testing.