Attleborough to set plan for future growth
Attleborough councillors are to draw up a Neighbourhood Plan to influence the way the town grows in the future.
The move follows a decision by Breckland Council to abandon its Attleborough and Snetterton Heath Area Action Plan (ASHAAP) which had identified the town as suitable for significant new housing and employment growth up to the year 2026.
At last week’s town council meeting, councillors unanimously agreed to go ahead with formulating a planning framework which will set out future provision for housing, leisure, health, education and employment.
Town clerk Mark Broughton said there was a lot of motivation and drive on the council to formulate a vision for the town’s development and a small working group of members will now examine the practicalities and timescales with a view to having a plan in place within 12 to 15 months.
“We know the planning situation for the town is up in the air again. We need something in place that is fit for the town and which we can control to say how we want to go forward,” he said.
Last week’s meeting also included a briefing with representatives of Banham Poultry which is expected to file a planning application by the end of the month for the redevelopment of its town centre site at the former Gaymer’s factory.
The site will become vacant when the processing side of the firm’s business relocates back to its former home at Bunns Bank industrial park. A planning application for Bunns Bank is due to be filed in April.
Banham Poultry, which employs 650 people in the town, consulted with local residents last November on their potential plans which could include a new supermarket up to 30,000 square feet in size, a petrol station, doctors’ surgery and other shops. If it goes ahead, the scheme could create up to 300 new jobs.
Mr Broughton said: “Banham Poultry is our biggest employer and we are pleased they are staying in the town. As regards retail on that site, any plans will be subject to the usual planning procedures and councillors will take a view when an application comes in. We are aware there are issues around traffic and the level crossing and this will be uppermost in their minds.”
n Amended plans for a development of 17 homes on Buckenham Road, Attleborough, were turned down by Breckland Council’s planning committee on Monday due to concerns over highway safety. A previous application by Sharmane Edwards was rejected in November 2011.
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