Breckland consultation gets the go-ahead

A major consultation affecting thousands of people in the heart of Norfolk was given the go-head yesterday. Breckland Council's consultation on where about 15,000 homes need to be built between now and 2026 in areas including Thetford, Attleborough, Dereham, Swaffham and Watton and about 100 villages is to run from June 25 to August 5.

A major consultation affecting thousands of people in the heart of Norfolk was given the go-head yesterday.

Breckland Council's consultation on where about 15,000 homes need to be built between now and 2026 in areas including Thetford, Attleborough, Dereham, Swaffham and Watton and about 100 villages is to run from June 25 to August 5.

It will outline hundreds of pockets of land put forward by developers and will also look at possibly changing settlement boundaries of villages.

It was given the green light by the cabinet committee yesterday with an amendment made last week to include a further 3,000 homes which could be built on rural windfall sites, such as barn conversions.

The consultation is to help put together the council's so-called local development framework, a planning blueprint. This has to take into consideration government targets for 508,000 new homes in the region by 2021, with 80,000 of them in Norfolk.