Are there blue skies ahead for Dereham? Town council reveals vision for the next 20 years

Dereham Town Council has revealed its vision for the town's development over the next 20 years, focu

Dereham Town Council has revealed its vision for the town's development over the next 20 years, focusing on the land south east of the A47. Picture: Dereham Town Council - Credit: Dereham Town Council

Council leaders and an MP are calling on the people of Dereham to help shape the market town's most important document for a generation.

Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman. Picture: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman. Picture: Chris Radburn/PA Wire - Credit: PA

George Freeman, Mid Norfolk MP, has convened a major cross-party summit to be held on Friday with Dereham's business and community leaders, while the town council has organised a series of drop-in events for the public to have their say on its ambitious vision which highlights the potential of growing the town to the south east of the A47.

As part of its emerging Neighbourhood Plan the town council believes it has identified the 'missing piece of Dereham's jigsaw puzzle'.

It says that by growing the town to the south east it will benefit the whole town. Their proposal, which has been drawn up using advice from experts in town planning and transport, includes:

* A new link road connecting Yaxham Road with the A47 at Mattishall Road to reduce pressure on the Tavern Lane and Kingston road junctions,

Aerial view of Dereham. Picture: Archant Archive

Aerial view of Dereham. Picture: Archant Archive - Credit: Archant


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* Up to 2,000 new homes to meet all the housing needs over the next 20 years or more,

* A new primary school, community centre and other services,

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* New high tech, office, hotel and other jobs to keep in step with housing growth and to drive delivery of super-fast broadband access for the whole town,

* A new country park to connect with Greenfields and to be part of a wider 'green ring' of publicly accessible green spaces, cycleways and footpaths.

Meanwhile Mr Freeman's summit at Dereham Memorial Hall will insist on a stronger voice for local people in the Plan.

He said: 'With proper infrastructure and long term planning of transport and public services, this historic gem of a market town can have a bright future.

'Dereham's Town Plan should be shaped by us all, for future generations, working together.'

The town council wants to hear from anyone who lives and/or works in the town.

Their drop-in sessions will be held at Dereham Memorial Hall, on Friday from 2pm to 8pm, on March 31 from 10am to 2pm and on April 12 from 3pm until 8pm.

More information is available on the town council website www.derehamtc.norfolkparishes.gov.uk and the consultation document is at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DerehamNP1

What do you think? Email kathryn.cross@archant.co.uk.

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