A chance to shape Breckland’s future as consultation gets underway
09:59 20 November 2014
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Businesses, councils and the public are being asked to help shape Breckland over the next 26 years.
Breckland’s market towns
Here are some of the issues raised that Breckland would like to hear from the public about.
This consultation is the first stage of planning and suggested sites will not necessarily be developed.
An Issues and Options consultation was carried out in 2014 for Attleborough and Snetterton Heath and so the document uses this to develop further options.
The Core Strategy had previously recommended 4,000 homes be built in the town.
The preferred option decided by the previous consutation is for land to the south-west of Attleborough, predominantly between London Road and the B1077, to be allocated for these new dwellings.
Of the 4,000 homes recommended 463 dwellings have been permitted with 60 of those built so far.
In the Core Strategy Dereham was allocated 600 new homes as well as seeking the release of 5-10ha of land for employment, which would create between 900 and 1800 additional jobs.
Two sites have been suggested for land for employment growth. They are an extension to the east of Dereham Business Park and an extension to the south-west of Rashes Green Industrial Estate.
The area surrounding Dereham has also been established too have a high affordable housing need.
To meet the housing targets set out over the Local Plan time frame there may be a need for more land for residential development.
The affordable housing need in Swaffham is lower than in most of the district.
Two possible sites for employment land have been identified, on land to the north and to the west of the Green Britain Business Park, however it is suggested these will not be required to be developed in the short to medium term.
The Thetford Area Action Plan (TAAP) Development Plan Document was adopted in 2012 and Local Plan would replace it.
Breckland is planning to review the plan with the aim of retaining locally specific policies.
The Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment, completed this year, suggested there is a capacity for 5,022 within the town.
Statistics suggest there is a need for around 25 affordable homes to be built per year in the town.
The Core Strategy allocated 300 new homes for the town with a number of those already being granted planning permission.
Watton is projected to require 13 affordable homes per year, which is lower than much of the district.
There is also a limited need for employment space in the town.
and the supply of commercial properties in the town is considered to be adequate.
Breckland District Council has launched a consultation to help develop a local plan for the area.
This would include preferred sites for housing and industrial development.
The Issues and Options document is the first stage in developing a plan which will take the council up to 2030.
As part of the consultation process the document offers a number of policy options and asks interested parties to give their opinions and alternative ideas.
A series of public meetings will be held in the market town’s across the district on the following dates:
Dereham Memorial Hall – November 20 2-7pm
Swaffham Assembly Rooms – November 24 2-6.30pm
Watton Queens Hall – November 27 2-7pm
Attleborough Town Council – December 4 2-6pm
Thetford Guildhall – December 9 2-7pm
In his foreword to the document Mark Kiddle-Morris, Breckland’s executive member for assets and strategic development, said: “The Local Plan will consider the housing target for the district.
“This is the first time that the council have had the opportunity to set our own target.
“In addition to this, the document also considers how this housing growth is spatially distributed across Breckland.
“It also considers employment, retail, the natural and historic environment and how to approach Breckland’s countryside.”
The Issues and Options consultation document includes a number of questions about each issue and area which the council is hoping to get answers to.
When complete the Local Plan will replace the current Core Strategy document which outlines policy for development in Breckland.
The online consultation launched on Monday and you can have your say by visiting www.breckland.gov.uk/content/emerging-local-plan
The consultation is open until January 9.
People can also suggest land that they would like Breckand to consider for allocation. Sites can be submitted for consideration through www.breckland.gov.uk/content/consultations-contact-us or call the planning policy team on 01362 656870.
For the full document see: consult.breckland.gov.uk/portal/planning policy/local_plan/local_plan?pointId=2822799#document-2822799