The ability to shape future developments in two north Suffolk villages have moved a step closer after Mid Suffolk District Council confirmed consultations on the applications have begun.
The parish councils of Debenham and Stradbroke have applied to Mid Suffolk to form neighbourhood plans, which would establish general planning policies for the development and use of land. Once complete, the plans would be used by Mid Suffolk when deciding planning applications.
Steve Palframan, Debenham Parish vice chairman, and chairman of the neighbourhood planning committee, says support has been good for the proposal, with issues on traffic flow, car parking, and the needs of the young and elderly being raised.
“It (a plan) is absolutely crucial,” he said. “Not only does it carry statutory weight in terms in having some say on developments, but it allows the village to sort out what its priorities are and see what it would like in the next 15 to 20 years.”
More than 100 people attended an initial consultation meeting in Stradbroke in June, showing their support for such a plan. Speaking after the meeting, councillor James Hargrave told the Diss Express: “There was a consensus on the need for affordable housing, better public transport, broadband and supporting local shops, jobs and businesses.”
Details, including maps of the areas of the respective plans, can be found at www.midsuffolk.gov.uk/DebenhamNP and www.midsuffolk.gov.uk/StradbrokeNP
Mid Suffolk is inviting people and organisations to comment on the applications. Comments can be submitted by email to NHP@MidSuffolk.gov.uk or by post to Peter Freer, Enabling Officer - Community Led Planning and Design, Mid Suffolk District Council, 131 High Street, Needham Market, Ipswich, Suffolk. IP6 8DL by September 3.