Attleborough votes in favour of neighbourhood plan for town
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A vision for the future of a Norfolk town has been given the thumbs up by voters in a referendum.
in what has been dubbed possibly 'one of the most significant event's in the town's history', Attleborough's neighbourhood plan was put to a public vote on Thursday, November 23.
The aim of the plan is to ensure infrastructure is developed alongside 4,000 new homes for the town, which have already been approved.
A huge majority of people voted in favour of the plan, with 93pc voting yes.
Following the decisive vote, the plan and the policy within it will now be considered when assessing all future planning applications.
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Jeremy Burton, town mayor, said: 'Attleborough Town Council is immensely proud that the people of the town have put their faith in us and voted yes to the neighbourhood plan. This could prove one of the most significant events in the town's history.
'This neighbourhood plan is the culmination of over five years' work, ensuring Attleborough will be well positioned for the next 20 years in enriching the town and making it a fantastic place to live.'
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The mayor went on to thank all those involved who made the plan possible.
He said: 'I would like to thank all the volunteers, councillors and staff who have worked on producing this plan over the years. It has been a real journey of sweat and tears.
'Now the work will enter another stage in ensuring that this neighbourhood plan is followed by all planning authorities and especially Breckland. We as a town council are determined to follow this plan through and ensure that Attleborough is not a dormitory town.'
The plan aims to preserve Attleborough's heritage sites while further developing the town's travel networks and recreational spaces.
Following the vote, the mayor is feeling positive about the future of the town.
He said: 'We will work hard to bring better facilities to the town, such as green space, better sports facilities, a new community centre, better road infrastructure - including a link road, and better health facilities.
'The neighbourhood plan is a journey and not a destination, but I do think this is a significant milestone. The town now has a fantastic opportunity to push on and become a model Breckland town for the benefit of everyone.'