Consultation to start on final draft of council’s Vision framework

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Residents’ last chance to comment on the final draft of a massive framework for growth in Bury St Edmunds and the surrounding area kicks off next week.

The eight week consultation from Tuesday June 18 focuses on whether St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s Vision 2031 meets certain legal criteria and has been properly prepared.

A series of drop-in sessions will be held next month with more details about the documents, which cover Bury, the rural areas and Haverhill and feature a number of changes following a previous consultation last spring.

Although there are reductions in the number of houses to be built on some brownfield sites, in Bury, the overall plans for 5,900 homes atfive areas remain fixed.Ian Poole, planning policy manager for the council, previously told the Bury Free Press that the shortfall can be made up through ‘windfall sites’ using planning applications for housing on redeveloped land which emerge every year in the borough.

Comments received will be sent, along with the plan, later this year to an independent planning inspector, who will decide if any further changes are needed. Cllr John Griffiths, leader of the council, said: “The final drafts balance the need to protect the wonderful environment, heritage and way of life we have here alongside the right kind of desirable development to ensure our future prosperity.”

The council will have an online consultation system at www.stedmundsbury.gov.uk/vision2031 and a form will be available by calling 01284 757368. The drop in sessions will be at The Apex, in Bury, on July 13 from 10.30am to 4pm; the Erskine Centre, in Chedburgh, on July 17 from 2.30pm to 7pm and Ixworth Village Hall on July 18 from 2.30pm to 7pm.