Final few days for Swaffham residents to comment on future development plans

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People living in and around Swaffham have just a few days left to have their say on a proposal that could shape the growth of their area over the next two decades.

More than 300 people attended consultation sessions on the Issues and Options paper published by Breckland Council, including an event held at the Swaffham Assembly Rooms, during the autumn.

The paper covers issues including where future housing developments and employment sites could be sited and the provision of open public spaces for communities.

Residents have until next Friday, January 9, at 4pm to have their say on the ideas, which are the first phase of the formation of a new local plan for the district covering a period up until the year 2038.

But Mark Kiddle-Morris, the council’s executive member for assets and strategic development, says he is encouraged by the public response so far.

He said: “I’m very pleased that we have had a good turn out at the open events held over the past two months.

“The Local Plan will be a key strategic planning document that will shape the future growth of the district and set out the policies used to determine planning applications, so it’s important that as many people as possible take part in the consultation and make their views known so that these can be taken into account.”

The council says there has been “considerable” interest in the housing element of the proposals, with calls for future employment opportunities to be developed alongside house building works.

Officials say there have also been many comments about the need to maintain and enhance village services, with some suggestions that neighbourhood plans should be drawn up in individual communities.

Once the initial consultation expires, the authority will begin work to draw up a list of its preferred options, which are expected to be the subject of a further consultation this summer.

The council hopes the plan can be adopted during the course of next year.

To have your say on the proposals, go online to www.breckland.gov.uk/content/emerging-local-plan.

Comments can also be emailed to planningpolicyteam@breckland.gov.uk or posted to Planning Policy Team, Breckland Council, Elizabeth House, Walpole Loke, Dereham, NR19 1EE.