December 12 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, August 22, 2013
People in Attleborough will have the chance to voice their opinions about the future of their town as the next stage of a blueprint for growth gets under way.
Attleborough Town Council has taken the first formal step to produce a Neighbourhood Plan for future development in the town, and has now submitted details of the area it wants to see included to Breckland Council.
A working group was formed in February this year after the district council abandoned the Attleborough and Snetterton Heath Area Action Plan (ASHAAP), which was designed to include details of 4,000 homes and associated jobs, infrastructure and services.
In a bid to form a cohesive plan for development, the town council took up the mantle instead and is now calling on people to have their say.
A number of events will be held, starting in the beginning of October, to find out residents’ views and opinions.
As part of this process, councillor Richard Middleton said the council also intended to visit schools to find out how children felt about the town.
“We have got the schools involved,” he said. “We want to get them involved in the design and find out about their ideas. They can use the planning process as part of their curriculum at school.”
The Neighbourhood Plan will investigate how the town can attract a mix of employment, particularly more engineering and technical jobs.
It will also look at infrastructure and services, including solutions to Attleborough’s traffic congestion problems, improvements to health and social care facilities, upgrades to sports and leisure facilities, providing school places for an additional 2,000 school and pre-school children, upgrades to water, gas and electricity supplies and waste water disposal.
“Quite a few communities are starting to do plans in a way they hadn’t before,” Mr Middleton added.
“It’s important that we get them on board. The only way we can get what we need is if people take a proactive stance.
“We want to do as much as we can within the community.”
Mr Middleton said the council hoped to submit its final plans by the end of 2014.