Agenda item

Attleborough Neighbourhood Plan (ANP) (Standing Item) (Agenda item 7)


The Deputy Planning Manager provided Members with the progress made in matters relating to the Attleborough Neighbourhood Plan over the last two weeks.


The Sub-Group for Leisure had engaged Torskildsen Barclay a Leisure & Sports Consultant to provide an initial assessment of the facilities in Attleborough.    This was work in progress and there was nothing further to report at this stage. 


The Employment Sub-Group had provided a Business Breakfast on 10 September 2014 and was looking to appoint a consultant to provide assistance with the media to tie in with the A11 opening. 


The Steering Group was developing a new Neighbourhood Plan website incorporating a number of interactive elements to enable comments to be received on employment sites etc. 


Norfolk County Council Education Team had attended the last Steering Group meeting where a site for a new primary school had been discussed.


Early discussions were being had with the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).


Proposals were being put forward to appoint a Chairman for the Economic Development Group.


The Chairman wanted to know how much involvement Attleborough Members had had in all the above.  Councillor Martin said that he and Councillor Joel had attended all meetings.  He mentioned the primary school and pointed out that two sites had been proposed and he had been pleased with the joined up thinking that had been taking place between businesses and the Headmaster.  Councillor Kiddle-Morris pointed out that there were many matters being considered in relation to Attleborough and some form of understanding needed to be put in place to eliminate any duplication of work.  Councillor North referred to the development in the south of Attleborough in relation to the link road and asked if there was any funding available to get the preliminary work underway.  She also mentioned the loss of one of the town’s open spaces that had been overturned by the Planning Inspector.  Members were informed that the Link Road Study and the Housing Study to the south of Attleborough had moved on and various routes were now being looked at.  As far as the money was concerned, discussions were being had with LEP in relation to funding.  The Chairman said that Breckland Council continued to build good relationships with the LEP.  Councillor Stasiak felt that the route of the new link road was vitally important and asked what there was to stop it being identified now and then investigate funding streams.  He preferred the route to be off the A11.  Members were informed that three routes had been identified but there was more to it than just the route there were other factors that had to be taken into account such as the speed etc.  The Deputy Planning Manager stated that a report would be coming to the next Cabinet meeting that would deal with all these issues and advice would be factored into the Cabinet decision.  Councillor Borrett mentioned the proposed new road at Thickthorn in Norwich and highlighted the way this was currently being handled by all concerned.  Councillor North thought that the Council should be talking to the developers now.  The Chairman encouraged all Members to attend the next Cabinet meeting where this matter would be discussed further.