Press Release October 2021

NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT PLAN MOVES FORWARD

Stalham Town Council has agreed to undertake a Neighbourhood Development Plan, covering the whole of the Parish of Stalham. This will create a Planning document which is specific to Stalham and will stand alongside the National and Local Planning Policies as Planning Law.

The plan will be created in response to community feedback and local issues and will offer the opportunity for local residents to address local planning issues.

The Town Council will be the lead authority, however there will be a Steering Group made up of members of the Community who will be working together with the Council and Councillors to undertake the work necessary and provide the evidence that informs the plans development.

The first public meeting took place on Tuesday 19th October at the Town Hall and over 60 people attended. The presentation was extremely informative and covered the work that will be necessary, policies that can be included, how to collate evidence and the support that Community Collective Planning will offer as the chosen consultant.

Great initial progress has already been made to kickstart this project; the Area of Designation has been applied for and approved; Collective Community Planning Consultants have been appointed to work through this with the volunteer Steering Group, and grant applications are in hand. It is hoped that the costs incurred will be largely defrayed by grants available as the project moves forward.

The consultation period ran through out March and volunteers have been out and about talking to various people and
distributed a survey to as many people connected to Stalham as possible. The results have recently been published and a pleasing 349 people have offered their views and insights; this can now be used as evidence to support policy, thank you to everyone who filled in a survey. The steering group is now looking at the allocation of green spaces and views.

It is not too late to be involved –contact the Assistant Town Clerk on: office@stalhamtowncouncil.org to be added to the information list to be kept updated, or to volunteer to be an active member of the Steering Group.