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Long Stratton Neighbourhood Plan is put to residents for their final say

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Residents in Long Stratton are being offered a final chance to have their say on the town’s Neighbourhood Plan, before it goes off to an independent examiner.

Produced by a volunteer group working on behalf of Long Stratton Town Council and Tharston and Hapton Parish Council, the Neighbourhood Plan outlines a framework for future developments in the area – preventing any work that may be seen as detrimental to the community at large.

Traffic on the A140 in Long Stratton, Norfolk. Picture: Mark Bullimore.
Traffic on the A140 in Long Stratton, Norfolk. Picture: Mark Bullimore.

South Norfolk District Council is now asking residents to comment on the submitted draft, as part of a six week consultation.

Long Stratton Councillor Alison Thomas urged residents to get involved in the consultation, which will run from from today, March 22, to May 6.

She said: “It’s fantastic that following all the hard work of the Long Stratton community steering group we have now reached the point where we have a fully drafted Neighbourhood Plan and can invite everyone in the community to take a look and share their thoughts on the policies.

“I encourage all local residents to take part in the consultation, building on the local engagement that has already happened.

“It’s really important that residents have their say, so that the Neighbourhood Plan, once finalised and adopted, is something everyone in Long Stratton can support.”

The plan proposes a number of policies, which will give residents a greater degree of control over any developments in Long Stratton, including the types and sizes of dwellings built and ensuring they remain inkeeping the character of the town.

It also puts forward a number of initiatives, including reestablishing The Street as the heart of the town and delivering green infrastructure.

Once the consolation period draws to a close, an independent examiner will asses the plan and all submitted comments, before producing a report which will determine whether the plan is refused, modified or submitted to a referendum.

In the event of the latter, all residents enlisted on the electoral roll in Long Stratton, Tharston and Hapton will vote on the Neighbourhood Plan.

If more than 50 per cent are in favour, the plan will automatically become part of the statutory Development Plan for South Norfolk.

To participate in the consultation, click here.

Those without internet access can contact the Place Shaping Team at South Norfolk Council on 01508 533805.

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