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'Say yes to our vision for village', say Snettisham councillors

Voters in Snettisham will have their say on a neighbourhood plan for the village in a referendum next month
Voters in Snettisham will have their say on a neighbourhood plan for the village in a referendum next month

Community leaders in Snettisham have launched their campaign for a 'yes' vote on their vision of the village's future development.

Voters in the village will have the chance to give their verdict on a new neighbourhood plan for the parish in a referendum on November 29.

And parish council officials are planning to stage several events in the run-up to the poll in a bid to encourage residents to back the document.

A steering group, led by councillors, has spent the past two years drawing up the document which includes policies on a range of housing issues, including the size and range of properties sought, as well as local transport and environmental topics.

If backed by villagers, the document has to be taken into account when future planning applications are considered.

Councillor Mel Billington, who headed the plan team, said: “It has been a long but rewarding journey, and one which has not always been entirely straightforward.

"As the government is determined to encourage house construction almost without restriction, it is important to have some local input into controlling that process.

"Even though we have not been able to achieve absolutely everything that we may have wanted, we believe this is a huge and positive step forward, and hope that villagers will support the plan on November 29."

Voters can obtain copies of the plan documents from the parish office during its normal opening hours, which are on Mondays and Thursdays, between 10am and noon.

Two special sessions will also be held at the office on Thursday, November 15 and Thursday, November 22 to discuss the plan.

And a presentation event will also take place at the Methodist Church on Monday, November 26, just three days before polling, at 7pm.

Parish council chairman Ros Pugh paid tribute to the "enormous amount of hard work" put in to developing the document.

She said: "I hope their efforts are rewarded with a ‘yes’ vote and villagers will avail themselves of the chance to read the documents and come to our information sessions and meeting in coming weeks.”

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