Breckland village moves step closer to having neighbourhood plan adopted

Chairman of Yaxham Parish Council, Peter Lowlings, front left, with Maggie Oechsle, chairman, and Ia

Chairman of Yaxham Parish Council, Peter Lowlings, front left, with Maggie Oechsle, chairman, and Ian Martin, vice chairman of the Yaxham Neighbourhood Plan Working Group, at the public meeting to propose an area of gap land to protect the open country between Yaxham and Dereham, and Yaxham and Clint Green. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

A village neighbourhood plan is one step closer to being adopted after it was given the go ahead to proceed to a referendum.

Yaxham Neighbourhood Plan - which will help Breckland Council to decide planning applications in a designated area of the village, near Dereham, - was approved by district councillors at a cabinet meeting.

Maggie Oechsle, chairman of the neighbourhood plan working group, said the creation of the plan was a 'substantial task'.

She said: 'There have been times when we really thought that this day would never come.'

She added that since work began on the plan 18 months ago there has been a 'positive' attitude from residents.


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The referendum, which is open for residents of the village, will take place on Thursday, May 4.

Copies of the neighbourhood plan are available at Yaxham Primary School and St Peter's Church.

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