Community seeks assurances on Attleborough growth
A pressure group in Attleborough is urging Breckland Council not to approve anymore large sale housing developments until shortfalls in the town's infrastructure are addressed.
The Attleborough Community Team (ACT) – an independent, apolitical forum – has written to Breckland district councillors asking them to ensure key community facilities are provided before further housing is given the thumbs up.
Its latest action has been prompted by a year in which developers have made applications to build more than 100 new dwellings in Attleborough and more than 600 houses have either been built or approved in the last 10 years.
Members claim these piecemeal developments have not led to the amenities the town needs, including more junior schools, sports and leisure facilities, or has resulted in significant traffic congestion.
Breckland Council has designated the town for substantial growth with plans for 4,000 new homes over the next 16 years. It is currently preparing an Area Action Plan into how this will take place.
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Richard Middleton, chairman of ACT, said he hoped councillors would reject all large housing applications until the plan is complete following a full public consultation.
'ACT is looking for a commitment from our elected representatives that current shortfalls in the town will be addressed before any more development takes place,' he said.
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'We also want the forthcoming Action Plan to identify how the proposed development will benefit all residents and we want a proper consultation on that plan.
'The Government has said that local communities should have a say about the future development in their communities so we shall be seeking support from the local community for our activity through a leaflet drop and web campaign over the coming weeks.
'This is not NIMBYism but a real concern that any growth in Attleborough should be sustainable and that the community should have a say in how it is done.'
A spokesman for Breckland Council said: 'The council will be consulting with residents on the various issues and options for the growth of Attleborough, and they will have plenty of opportunities to give their views.
'Public meetings will be organised where everyone can come along to find out more about the issues and options for growth and ask questions. Questionnaires will be printed for people to fill in and give their views.'
Subject to approval by Cabinet, the public meetings should begin in November with their details being published from October 20.
Questionnaires will be available at the meetings, in Attleborough Library and at Attleborough Town Council's offices.
For more information on the ACT, visit www.attleboroughonline.co.uk/ACT