‘We don’t want to become Dereham South and this will help ensure that doesn’t happen’ - Yaxham becomes Breckland’s first village to approve Neighbourhood Plan

From left to right: Ian Martin from the Yaxham Neighbourhood Plan working group, Maggie Oechsle, cha

From left to right: Ian Martin from the Yaxham Neighbourhood Plan working group, Maggie Oechsle, chairman of the group and Peter Lowings, chairman of Yaxham Parish Council. Picture: ADAM LAZZARI - Credit: Archant

Yaxham has become Breckland's first village to approve its Neighbourhood Plan.

This gives residents power to develop a shared vision for their community, highlighting where new homes, shops and offices should be built and what infrastructure should be provided,

After 20 months in the making a referendum of Yaxham residents was held. A total 58pc of the electorate voted and 92pc of those voted in favour of the Yaxham Neighbourhood Plan put together by a working group of residents.

The plan calls for Yaxham to be retained as a small rural community.

Ian Martin, vice chairman of the working group, said: 'We don't want Yaxham to become Dereham South and this will help to ensure that doesn't happen. This wouldn't have been possible without the tremendous support of residents, the parish council, its chairman Peter Lowings and district councillor Paul Claussen.'


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