Attleborough Town Council has taken its first formal steps in producing a Neighbourhood Plan for the future development of the town by submitting details of the areas it wants to see included to Breckland Council.
Issues it wants addressed are a solution to Attleborough’s traffic congestion problems; improvements to health and social care facilities; significant upgrades to the town’s sports and leisure facilities; school places for an additional 2,000 children; and improvements in water, gas, electricity and waste services.
The council has stated it believes growth should be driven by new jobs but wants Attleborough to retain its character and remain a pleasant place to work and live. Its move to develop a Neighbourhood Plan follows Breckland Council’s decision to stop work on a dedicated plan for Attleborough and instead include it in a district-wide Local Plan to be completed in 2016.
The town council felt this was too long to wait and was concerned large-scale planning applications might come forward in the interim, so is using powers granted by the Localism Bill to produce its own Neighbourhood Plan which it will consult on with the local community during September. It has already talked with the neighbouring parishes of Besthorpe and Old Buckenham on the effect the town’s growth will have on these communities.