Breckland urges residents to have a say on future growth

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Residents and businesses in Breckland are being invited to have their say on shaping the future growth and development in the district.

In December Breckland Council put forward its preferred option for the level of growth over the next 20 years, and how this will be distributed throughout the district.

Its second Local Plan consultation - which launched last week and will run until February 22 - outlines what sites have been submitted for potential housing, retail or employment development, and draft development policies.

The majority of new housing (68 per cent) is planned for Thetford and Attleborough which are well served by public transport, have good facilities and are adjacent to the A11 trunk road, while a further 18 per cent of growth is suggested across Dereham, Swaffham and Watton.

A number of larger villages are designated as Local Service Centres and will also see some new land allocated for development, while there will be opportunities for further growth in some villages and rural areas too.

Once adopted in early 2017, the Local Plan will identify a five year supply of housing land which will give the council more control of the location of new housing and will reduce the likelihood of ad-hoc development.

Breckland says the Local Plan process has allowed it to set its own housing targets, tailored to the district’s assessed local need.

The draft housing target for the Breckland area, outlined in the consultation documents, is 597 homes per annum over the life of the Local Plan (2011-2036).

Urging everyone to take part in the consultation, Cllr Charles Carter, Breckland’s executive member for growth, said: “Nothing has been decided yet - we need to hear the views of local people so these can be considered and taken into account when the next stage of our Local Plan is developed.”

Breckland will be holding a number of public drop-in events and is making copies of the consultation documents available at various locations including local libraries and at its Thetford office.

For details, or to comment, visit www.breckland.gov.uk/local-plan-consultation.

Anyone with questions is asked to email planningpolicyteam@breckland.gov.uk or call 01362 656873.