Decision details

Thetford Town Centre MasterPlan

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

For Members to consider the outcome of the Thetford Town Centre Masterplanning process and agree that the Thetford Town Centre Masterplan be adopted as a Council document to coordinate investment and regeneration activity in Thetford Town Centre.

Decision:

The matter be referred back to Officers to undertake a wider consultation to include the Moving Thetford Forward Board, Thetford Town Council and the community following which a report be produced for Members consideration prior to Full Council on 5 September 2013.

Reasons for the decision:

It was recommended that Members endorse option 1 which would allow for the Masterplan to take effect in coordinating investment and regeneration activity in Thetford town centre.   It was timely that the Council had a masterplan in place as it considered future options for its asset base.  In the short term, despite challenging market conditions, there was funding available for Thetford Town Centre, and a Masterplan would enable those monies to be spent in an effective and synchronized way.  The Masterplan would also be a consideration in the determination of planning applications when formally adopted.

 

Endorsing option 2 would have the impact of creating uncertainty for investment and facilitating piecemeal and adhoc developments that could cause harm and long term damage to the town centre whilst simultaneously preventing coordinated and comprehensive regeneration which would benefit the town over the longer term.

 

Alternative options considered:

Option 1

 

Members consider the Thetford Town Centre Masterplan and agree that it be recommended to be adopted as a document of the Council to coordinate investment and regeneration in Thetford Town Centre.

 

Option 2

 

Members consider the Thetford Town Centre Masterplan and agree that it not be adopted as a document of the Council

Report author: Kevin Ward

Publication date: 20/06/2013

Date of decision: 18/06/2013

Decided at meeting: 18/06/2013 - Cabinet

Effective from: 28/06/2013

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