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Delivering a Vision for Prosperity

It’s YOUR area and YOUR future, so come along and have your say.

As the main towns in the districts, Stowmarket and Sudbury are potentially facing a new era of large-scale growth and development in the forthcoming Joint Local Plan. Our Members are committed to ensuring that the views of local residents, businesses and interest groups form part of the decision-making journey, for the Greater Sudbury and Greater Stowmarket areas, focusing minds, and priorities for an aligned vision.

As such we are preparing a document called Delivering a Vision for Prosperity for each of these areas, which is intended to establish:

  • a high-level aspiration, setting out the community’s key desires and wishes for the town they would like to live and work in;
  • the priorities for the town – setting out the main targets, goals and achievements to focus limited resources;
  • a delivery plan that identifies the intended key projects and action points, and sets out who will be responsible for their implementation, and when.

Sudbury and Stowmarket have a much bigger sphere of influence. They are the major social and economic hubs for our districts. The “Greater” catchment encompasses the surrounding villages so we would warmly encourage people from Haughley, Glemsford, Woolpit, Bildeston, Bures, Needham Market, Long Melford, Acton, and the many other communities that have an interest in their nearby town.

The purpose of this visioning process is to provide an opportunity for the local community, businesses and organisations to:

  • Understand the current projects, plans and strategies that are already shaping their place – seeing that this is not new, just one point along the town’s timeline of growth.
  • Set out what they would like to see in the future, commenting on development, service delivery and important issues.
  • Reflect upon and share what they would like their town to become in the context of the benefits and opportunities that growth may bring.
  • Unite behind the strategic, high level coordinated vision for the improvement of their area

Of course, this is not just the remit of the District Council – it is a collaborative approach that involves many organisations and partners, such as Parish and Town Councils, community and voluntary organisations, local interest groups, businesses and Government departments. But mainly it’s about the people who live and work in and around Stowmarket and Sudbury. That includes YOU!

Come and talk to people who make decisions – give us your views about how the towns and their hinterlands should evolve, and how we get the best from our limited resources to improve these areas. Drop-in any time between 2:00pm-7:00pm on:

  • 4 October at Stowmarket United Reformed Church, Ipswich Street
  • 12 October at Sudbury Town Hall, Old Market Place

You can keep up to date with the Delivering a Vision For Prosperity work by following our Social media feeds #VFPSudbury and #VFPStowmarket.


Note: The Councils are also consulting on a new Joint Local Plan which together with Delivering a Vision for Prosperity will shape growth over the next 20 years. Further details about the Joint Local Plan are available on this website, or on Twitter at #bmsdcjointlocalplan.