LETTER - ‘Attleborough Plan must ensure town is not split in two’
The recent Breckland Local plan consultation suggests that the area to the south west of Attleborough town centre will be earmarked for an additional 4,000 homes over the next ten years or so, known as the Strategic Urban Extension (SUE).
The policies and options state that SUE will include new shopping areas, low carbon houses, allotments, play areas and green space with trees and hedges protected so as to enhance the environment. This development, which will border on to local parish boundaries, has the potential to create two Attleboroughs, old and new, and also the possibility of there being two town centres.
House prices could be higher in new Attleborough compared to old as people would seek to buy homes in the low carbon, fresh allotments and up to date design houses with some local spaces. The national planning policy forum Localism Act includes the need for communities to integrate as far as is possible.
Breckland, between now and the final submission of its local plan, should ensure that Attleborough has only one town centre and that an economically and social divide does not occur. The Attleborough emerging NP could also urge that the town is not split into two.