Debenham residents are being urged to get involved in one of the biggest consultations in the village’s history as the next phase of the proposed neighbourhood plan begins.
The core of the Residents’ Survey, available to all those in the village, covers the themes of planning and housing, leisure and recreation, history and heritage, education and health, business and more.
There is also a Business Survey and a Youth Survey.
Jack Abbott, involved in the project, said it was the first village-wide consultation for more than a decade.
“It is crucial to engage with those who play a key role in our local economy, providing jobs and opportunities for many residents inside and outside Debenham,” he said.
“It is vital therefore that we provide a Plan that gives the potential for our businesses to continue to grow and thrive and the responses from the Business Survey will provide the foundation to that.
We also believe that a Youth Survey focussing particularly on young people is imperative as a long term village strategy will arguably impact their age demographic more than any other.Jack Abbott
“We also believe that a Youth Survey focussing particularly on young people is imperative as a long term village strategy will arguably impact their age demographic more than any other.
“We are grateful to both the High School and the Primary School in taking a lead on this.”
The surveys will be available until Monday, November 30. Hard copies of each survey are also available and can be delivered to your home.
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 development of land in communities including where new offices and homes should be built, and what they could look like.
To obtain hard copies of the consultation or for more information contact Jack Abbott on 07946 738744 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Steve Palframan, chairman of Debenham Parish Council, on 01728 860831 or email@example.com, or parish clerk Dina Bedwell, on 01473 787861 or firstname.lastname@example.org