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How Should Haverhill Grow?

Monday, 20th October 2008.

Local residents are being invited to give their views on the second stage of consultation for the Council’s Local Development Framework which will shape how St Edmundsbury will develop over the next 23 years.

The Government’s Regional Spatial Strategy for the East of England has earmarked a further 8,000 homes to be built in the Borough by 2031. In the first round of consultation, five options were put forward and feedback from this has enabled the Council to develop a preferred option which has been outlined in a new document called the ‘Core Strategy Preferred Options’ consultation which people can now give their views on. This preferred option for the future of St Edmundsbury is suggesting around 20% of new homes should be built in the villages, 40% in Bury St Edmunds and a further 40% around Haverhill.

As well as describing the new preferred option, this consultation document highlights potential strategic sites for development around Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill giving various options, and it also offers revised and new policies for controlling new development that are not covered in the current Local Plan.

A second consultation document, called ‘Site Allocations Issues and Options’, then asks people to look at individual sites that landowners and developers have put forward for consideration for development and these may range from one house in someone’s back garden, to a larger site for a small estate.

People can view and comment on both documents online at http://stedsbcconsult.limehouse.co.uk see link below) Alternatively, hard copies are available by calling 01284 757368 or emailing ldf@stedsbc.gov.uk The deadline for feedback on both documents is 5 January 2009.

Cllr Terry Clements, responsible for Transport and Planning, says:
“We hope as many people as possible give us their views at this critical and exciting stage. We are planning for the needs of the current and next generations in the period to 2031 and even though there are short term difficulties, it is important to also focus on the long-term planning for this area. This document provides clear guidance on how new development of homes and jobs should be distributed in St Edmundsbury, but it is also seeking views on where the development should go.”

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