Stradbroke community urged to drive forward Neighbourhood Plan

Stradbroke, Suffolk. Empty land in Queen's Street, Stradbroke ANL-141126-162130001
Stradbroke, Suffolk. Empty land in Queen's Street, Stradbroke ANL-141126-162130001
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A north Suffolk village potentially subject to two large planning applications has been called on to get involved with their prospective neighbourhood plan so they can shape developments in the future.

Queen Street, in Stradbroke, is subject to one planning application, and potentially could see another for housing submitted later this year.

The East of England Co-operative met with villagers towards the end of last year, detailing plans to build a store in the village, creating around 35 jobs. The firm is expecting to invest £1.6 million into the development, with a planning application submitted last month, A proposal for 52 new homes on land at Grove Farm is also expected after Durrants, working on behalf of the landowner, held a consultation in the village in November.

Stradbroke Parish Council hired David Spenser to conduct qualitative market research on the village, which was presented to more than 40 parishioners at a meeting in January. The research, carried out across a range of age groups, found most were in agreement Stradbroke should remain a small village and not turn into a small town; new development was supported but should be sympathetic, gradual and small, and traffic was an issue that required addressing.

Oliver Last, vice chairman of Stradbroke Parish Council and chairman of the Neighbourhood Plan Committee, told the Diss Express 16 further volunteers had agreed to join work streams, which will look at certain aspects of the neighbourhood plan, while a questionnaire asking residents what they would like to see in the village was also on the agenda.

“The foundations for the neighbourhood plan have been laid but it is up to the community to drive the thing forward and pull it together,” he said. “Most people said in the analysis they did not want large developments. They want small, structured developments suitable for the community.

“The neighbourhood plan is more than a year away before it can be implemented so it cannot have much influence on Grove Farm and Co-op.”

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