Report outlines public views on future development of Swaffham

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A report setting out Swaffham residents’ ideas for the town’s future development has been published by the town council this week.

The authority held a public consultation session last month for people to have their say on a host of subjects including housing, transport, economic and social issues.

And those views have now been outlined in a feedback report released on Monday.

The session was organised as part of discussions on the town council’s aim to develop a neighbourhood plan.

Around 40 residents took part, with road links, housing levels and the shopping offer among the most common concerns.

Although views were divided on whether a new bypass was needed, the report shows several comments calling for heavy lorries to be diverted away from the town centre.

Speeding was also a regular concern, particularly on Castle Rising Road which one comment suggested should be cobbled, along with whether the current free parking offer should be reviewed.

On housing, concerns were raised about whether the town has the infrastructure to cope with further development, while one comment asked: “Where is the demand for housing locally?”

And, on the economy, several participants called for a cap on the number of charity shops in the town.

The council is aiming to draw up the plan over the next 12 to 18 months. It will then have to be backed by residents in a referendum before it is adopted.