Questionnaires will soon drop through the letterboxes of households in Diss, to sample the appetite for a masterplan to shape the town’s future growth.
Diss Town Council is delivering 5,000 questionnaires inserted in its Diss Matters council news publication, asking questions about town traffic congestion levels and whether people are happy to see more housing development.
The level of response will determine whether the town council begins the involved process of drawing up a Neighbourhood Plan.
The ongoing issues in Diss of congestion, and where to site additional new homes, if any, would be addressed by the plan.
Town council clerk Deborah Sarson said: “It is about trying to develop a plan with the community. It is not about us imposing this. It is about saying, ‘these are the problems, what is the best way to take things forward?’.
Ms Sarson said the plan would hold weight in planning policy, with Neighbourhood Plans born out of the current coalition government’s Localism Act, giving communities the power to shape their futures.
She added: “The plan really would have teeth.
“It would be a statutory document and would have precedence over the (South Norfolk Council) Local Plan.
The questionnaire is also not just for people who live in Diss, but for anyone who may have an interest in the town, such as those working there, or who are regular visitors.
Other issues up for debate could be health and well being, medical facilities and the quality of architectural design of buildings.
The questionnaires will be delivered the week commencing October 28 and a survey will be available on the town council website, www.disscouncil.com, from November 1. The council is also holding an information stand in Market Place, Diss, on Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2, from 9am.