‘Milestone’ moment to decide Mendlesham growth through referendum

Village Focus - Mendlesham

Pictured: Village sign ENGANL00120130814170513
Village Focus - Mendlesham Pictured: Village sign ENGANL00120130814170513

A village vote will help decide the future for Mendlesham.

The referendum will be the culmination of more than three years’ work to produce the first neighbourhood development plan in Mid Suffolk.

This is a great milestone both for Mendlesham and Mid Suffolk - the first Neighbourhood Development Plan in the district to be put out for public consultation

Gerard Brewster

A neighbourhood plan allows communities to draw up their own policies to guide new development.

An eight-week consultation has now begun on the 11 policies in the plan and views are being canvassed from anyone who lives, works or is in business the village.

“This is a great milestone both for Mendlesham and Mid Suffolk - the first Neighbourhood Development Plan in the district to be put out for public consultation,” said Gerard Brewster, the district council portfolio holder for growth and productivity.

“The Neighbourhood Planning Group in Mendlesham have worked hard to shape the future of their village and demonstrate that planning is not just an activity for local authorities.

“This will help shape the future of Mendlesham and I urge all residents to get in touch and let us know their thoughts.”

Planning group chairman Terry Moore said if there was no growth, services like a shop or pub could be lost. If there was too much, schools and health resources could be outstripped. The plan looked at accommodating about 75 new houses over the next 15 years.

Since the planning group was formed there been various consultations,the group has had a stall at the village Street Fayre to keep people in touch and schoolchildren were asked to show how they would like to see their village to grow.

There have been surveys among the young people, householders and businesses.

It has looked at such matters as the mix and design of new housing, sustaining services, community facilities such as playgrounds and open spaces, and preserving the heritage of the village.

Full details be found at www.midsuffolk.gov.uk/mendleshamnp and comments can be submitted via email - communityplanning@baberghmidsuffolk.gov.uk - until September 16.

All comments will be considered by an independent examiner who will decide whether the plan should go forward to a local referendum later this year.