More than 100 people attend consultation on Stradbroke Neighbourhood Plan


Stradbroke residents have shown their support to develop a neighbourhood plan which could shape the future of their village.

At a meeting held earlier this month, 106 people attended an initial consultation on neighbourhood planning.

More than 90 per cent of those who attended were in favour of a neighbourhood plan in Stradbroke.

Neighbourhood planning was introduced through the Localism Act 2011, with neighbourhood planning legislation coming into effect in April 2012.

Such plans can establish planning policies for the use and development of land in communities.

These can include where new offices and homes should be built, and what they could look like.

Stradbroke parish councillor James Hargrave told the Diss Express he was pleased to see younger members of the community, including children, take part in the discussions at the meeting.

“There was a consensus on the need for affordable housing, better public transport , broadband and supporting local shops, jobs and businesses,” he said.

Mr Hargrave added the next stage would be to form a group to take a neighbourhood plan forward. A survey will be produced to ask residents what they would like to see, as well as holding discussions with Mid Suffolk District Council.

“About 35 people who attended the meeting are willing to help,” he added.

“We know from the communities that have set them up they have statutory power so they are really effective. They give a legal framework.”

Proposed neighbourhood plans will go to a planning inspector, and, if approved, go to a referendum in the local area, requiring approval of 50 per cent of voters

Kenninghall Parish Council has also agreed to take steps to create a neighbourhood plan, led by chairman Steve Gordon, agreed at a council meeting held on May 6.

According to government figures, around 1,000 communities have taken the first formal steps towards creating a neighbourhood development plan, Thirteen of these plans have been passed at community referendums.