Swaffham councillors urged to take part in local plan development talks

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Community leaders in the Swaffham area are being urged to help shape future development of the district.

Earlier this year, the town council launched its own bid to develop a neighbourhood plan for the town.

But Breckland district council chiefs are now looking for their input into the authority’s local plan for the area, which is due to go out to public consultation this autumn.

Town councillors have been invited to a meeting to discuss the plan, which will take place at the town’s community centre next Tuesday, July 12.

The session is one of five taking place around the district before the document, which is intended to set out the council’s vision for development in the district over the next two decades, is sent out for public consultation in September.

Charles Carter, the district council’s executive member for growth, said: “Having town and parish councillors present at these meetings, and able to contribute their local knowledge, will be helpful to members of our working group.

“Although there is no statutory obligation for us to take this additional step, the local plan will play a significant role in shaping future development in our district and we want to be sure that nothing has been overlooked.”

Although dates for the public consultation have yet to be finalised, the district council says open sessions will take place in each of the area’s main towns including Swaffham for local people to have their say.