Homes fear on planning masterplan

Fears that employment growth will not be matched by housing and services in Thetford and Attleborough have been raised as council bosses put together a planning masterplan to last 18 years.

Fears that employment growth will not be matched by housing and services in Thetford and Attleborough have been raised as council bosses put together a planning masterplan to last 18 years.

Breckland Council has just finished consultations on its proposed new planning policy - the local development framework - to last until 2026.

It sees Thetford as a major growth area, and Attleborough is lined up for about 4,000 new homes, with a further 1,000 at Dereham and modest growth at Watton and Swaffham.

But concerns have been raised that the number of planned new jobs in Thetford and Attleborough does not appear to be matched by housing levels, plus the availability of public services at Attleborough, according to a report to a meeting next Tuesday of the council's policy development and review panel.


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Employment growth at Snetterton, without close proximity to necessary housing, is also a concern. The Highways Agency fears this might have implications for the A11. And there has been “considerable” opposition to Great Ellingham being considered a growth area.

The report says the next step in the process would be a district-wide survey of services, looking at the planned housing and jobs growth.

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The employment growth planned for Attleborough would also be

re-evaluated, it adds.

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