People of Holt turn out to hear updated “vision” plans for the town

Organisers behind a plan to create a 30 year impact on a north Norfolk town hope to see their improvements implemented within the next two to three years.

London-based company Allies and Morrison Urban Practitioners presented the final development plans of the Holt Vision project to a group of almost a hundred business owners and residents during a public presentation at the town's community centre tonight.

The project, which has been in the making since August last year, has set out ways of boosting the Georgian town's economy, environment and infrastructure, focusing on its main thoroughfare and shopping district.

The study's most ambitious concept is to create three new town squares in Market Place, Fish Hill and Shirehall Plain by pedestrianising certain areas, moving and reducing the number of parking spaces by five and possibly closing roads to traffic.

Those behind the plans say the new open areas could be used for civic, commercial and cultural events, but residents were concerned about the impact the changes would have on traffic problems as well as the loss of parking spaces.

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But the team from Allies and Morrison Urban Practioners said they would be carrying out 'trial runs' of the project, which would see traffic cones used to cordoned-off the proposed areas for up to two weeks.

Project manager Antony Rifkin, said: 'We have fallen in love with Holt. It's one of the nicest towns we have been to and we've been to hundreds - Holt is very special.

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'Our feeling has been that actually the town works very well and we have to tread very carefully.'

Other plans set out include introducing a 'flexi bus'; a traditional market; improving foot and cycle paths into Holt and the surrounding area; improving the direct bus service to Norwich; and expansion of the North Norfolk Railway line.

• The plans will be available online within the next week at

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