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Late substitutions take the field for the big planning fixture

Friday, 31st January 2014.

Just a week before the public inquiry into St Edmundsbury Borough Council's Vision 2031 documents, the council's planners have produced a series of late changes.

One of them, for the first time in a St Edmundsbury planning document, deals with the railway renewal campaign - although it says it is very unlikely to succeed before 2031.

Haverhill Town Council and other local stakeholders had expressed significant concerns about the draft Haverhill Vision 2031.

An inquiry takes place - three days of it in Haverhill next week - at which the large number of objections, including 26 from the town council, will be considered by a Government planning inspector.

Ahead of the inquiry hearings, the borough has made a number of late changes to the Vision 2031 document and other supporting documents as a result of representations from consultees including the town council.

Town clerk Will Austin said while the amendments fell well short of what the town council had asked for, there did seem to be some significant changes.

The town council would continue to press for further amendments to reflect the shortfall in current infrastructure and the impact of projected population growth.

Other matters which get a significant mention now are the size and future estimates of Haverhill's population, revealed by the 2011 census to be considerably more than the borough had estimated, and healthcare issues like GP surgeries and the ambulance service.

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