Dates revealed for public inquiry into Vision 2031 plans

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A public inquiry to scrutinise a blueprint for growth which includes controversial plans for 5,900 homes in the Bury St Edmunds area will be held over eight days from January 28.

Independent Inspector Roger Clews will examine a number of areas in St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s Vision 2031 documents including housing, infrastructure and community facilities through informal hearings in Bury and Haverhill.

They are open for the public to observe but they will not be able to take an active part unless the Inspector has previously invited them to do so.

Once completed, Mr Clews will report his findings to the council and any modifications he requires will have to be consulted on before Vision 2031 is adopted by a meeting of the full council.

It follows three years of public consultation on the plans, which include building 5,900 homes at strategic sites around the outskirts of the town - 900 near Fornham All Saints, 500 at Moreton Hall, 1,250 at the Great Barton side of Moreton Hall, 450 in Westley and 1,250 near Rougham.

Cllr Terry Clements, portfolio holder for planning, said: “Once adopted, Vision 2031 will provide the structure for sustainable, acceptable growth in the borough and protect it from undesirable growth that we would otherwise not have grounds to refuse.

“The public consultation has revealed the deep allegiance of our residents to all that is good in the borough. This plan seeks to protect that by ensuring that inevitable future growth is desirable and appropriate.”

The dates and locations of the inquiry are:

Tuesday 28 January Apex Centre, Bury St Edmunds

10am – General Matters for Vision 2031

Wednesday 29 January Apex Centre, Bury St Edmunds

9.30am - Matter B1 – Objectives, Travel, Infrastructure and the Environment

Matter B2 – Bury St Edmunds strategic sites

Thursday 30 January Apex Centre at Bury St Edmunds

10am – Matter B3 – Homes and Communities and Matter B4 – Jobs and Economy

2pm – Matter B5 – Culture & Leisure, historic & natural environment and Bury St Edmunds Town Centre

Tuesday 4 February – Days Inn, Haverhill

9.30am – Matter R1 – Rural Area South

Wednesday 5 February – Haverhill Leisure Centre, Haverhill

10am – Matter H1 – Objectives, Travel, Infrastructure and the Environment

2pm – Matter H2 – Local Centres, community facilities and Haverhill Town Centre

Thursday 6 February –Haverhill Leisure Centre, Haverhill

9.30am – Matter H3 – Homes and Communities

Tuesday 11 February – Apex, Bury St Edmunds

10am – Rural Area North

Wednesday 12 February – Apex, Bury St Edmunds

10am – Rural Area North continued