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Introduction and Overview

Welcome to this consultation on the Attleborough Neighbourhood Plan (ANP). The ANP is being produced by a Steering Group and the purpose of this consultation is to provide you with an overview of the process of producing the ANP, give you a broad outline of the Steering Group’s conclusions and offer you the opportunity to comment on its findings.

Background

Attleborough has been designated as a growth town by the Planning Authority of Breckland Council, with plans to build 4,000 new homes over the period 2016 – 2036, which could mean a population increase of approximately 10,000 people. These houses are likely to be in addition to almost 1,500 new homes approved by Breckland Council since 2001. The result will be that by 2036 Attleborough will have more than doubled in size and it will need the jobs, infrastructure and services to support this growth.

What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

The ANP provides a vision for the future of the town and sets out clear objectives and planning policies to realise the vision. The ANP gives local communities the power to influence how development should take place in their area. It is a planning policy document and forms part of a set of documents that will be part of a local authority planning policy. There is a legal framework to abide by and the ANP requires a supporting evidence base for the town’s needs.

Why does Attleborough need a Neighbourhood Plan?

Attleborough Town Council was concerned that delays in producing a clear policy for the proposed large-scale developments in Attleborough would result in more houses but without the infrastructure and services to support the increase in population.

The 2012 Localism Bill gave communities the opportunity to have more say in how development should take place. The Town Council decided to take advantage of these new powers by producing a Neighbourhood Plan.

What will the ANP cover?

The ANP will look at development in the town across 7 themes;

Theme 1 The Local Economy.

Theme 2 Housing.

Theme 3 Transport and Communication.

Theme 4 Health and Social Care.

Theme 5 Education.

Theme 6 Sports, Community and Leisure Facilities.

Theme 7 Environment, Sustainability and Design.

More details on each of these can
be found in the exhibition

How has the ANP been produced?

The process was started with a community event at the Attleborough Academy in October 2013 when ideas were put forward about how the community would like to see the town develop.

Since then the Steering Group have consulted with a wide range of community groups, statutory organisations and developers, and where necessary it has commissioned studies to provide the necessary evidence.

When will the ANP be published?

The results of this consultation will be fed into the draft ANP with the aim of publishing it in November when it will undergo a formal 6 week consultation.

After comments have been analysed and any changes incorporated, it will be examined by a Planning Inspector for legal compliance before being put to the community for approval in a Referendum in May 2016.