Town gets set for a vote on its future
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A blueprint for a the future of a Norfolk town which is due to see the building of 4,000 new homes is to be put to a public vote.
The new houses in Attleborough, which are designed to accommodate increasing numbers of people moving to the town, will double the size of the town.
But the increased population is set to put pressure on Attleborough's existing infrastructure.
So a group of volunteers, working with Attleborough Town Council, have devised a neighbourhood plan to help ensure the area is provided with the appropriate roads, schools, health and leisure facilities.
The plan will go to a vote on November 23 and if residents vote yes, the plan will become a legal document which Breckland Council has to consider when deciding on planning applications.
However organisers have stressed that it is not a vote on whether the 4,000 new homes will go ahead, but will give residents a say in the planning of future infrastructure in their town.
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Colin Kilby, owner of Breckland Lodge Hotel in Attleborough, believes people should vote yes in the referendum.
He said: 'I was born and bred in Attleborough, and as much as I would like the town to stay as it is, that is not an option.
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'The new housing and link road will increase the size of the town, and this growth will put pressure on education, health, the economy and other areas.
'Unless we as a community vote yes on November 23, then we cannot be guaranteed a say in the development of infrastructure to support the town's growth moving forward.'
The plan also aims to preserve and enhance Attleborough's heritage sites and open spaces, as well as develop further footpaths and cycleways to help ease town centre congestion.
Attleborough Town Hall will be open for votes between 7am and 10pm. Breckland Council calculates that 9,210 from the area are eligible to vote.
To find out more about the Attleborough town plan, visit www.attleboroughtc.org.uk/neighbourhood-plan