An eight-week consultation on Debenham’s Neighbourhood Development Plan starts today.
Marking the start of Rural Housing Week today, Mid Suffolk District Council has commenced the consultation following the formal submission of a Neighbourhood Development Plan for Debenham, which has been prepared and produced by the parish council and local community.
The public consultation asks whether the policies contained in the Plan are appropriate and seeks the views from people who live, work and do business in the Debenham area. Comments can be submitted via email.
The deadline for the submission of comments is Friday 24th August 2018.
Following the consultation, all comments received will be considered by an Independent Examiner who will determine whether the plan can go forward to a local referendum.
Neighbourhood planning allows communities to develop their own planning policies which will guide new development. Debenham joins 16 other communities in Mid Suffolk which are currently preparing a Neighbourhood Plan. The submitted Plan and supporting documents can be found online.
Cllr Julie Flatman, Mid Suffolk District Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “With development and house building rarely out of the headlines, it’s brilliant to see communities like Debenham taking control of growth in their area. Neighbourhood Plans are a lot of hard work, and I know Debenham’s team have worked many hours behind the scenes to get their Plan to consultation. Now it’s time for everyone else to do their part and look at the proposals, comment on them and help shape this wonderful village for years to come.”
The consultation opens today, which also marks the start of Rural Housing Week, a national, annual celebration that aims to highlight rural housing issues and showcase innovative solutions for tackling them. It’s an excellent opportunity to shine a spotlight on successful developments that offer a lifeline to local people in our market towns and villages, and to explain how housing is vital for the survival of rural communities and services.