Debenham, Our Future!
Debenham Parish Council is about to embark on it’s biggest ever consultation exercise with both the residents and the businesses in the village, to create a plan for a sustainable future for our community.
In 2011, Parliament passed legislation designed to ensure local decision making becomes part of the statutory process when discussing and planning a community's future. This legislation is referred to as the Localism Act, and included the development of Neighbourhood Plans. This is what the Parish Council wants to see developed.
What are the benefits?
The Neighbourhood Plan
a) gives local people more control over development in our area;
b) provides an opportunity for people to get involved in the planning process;
c) ensures thorough consultation and engagement process with residents and businesses;
d) is produced with the help of the local planning authority and carries statutory weight as a planning document;
e) funding is available to help produce the plan.
How does this affect me?
The Neighbourhood Plan proposes the use and development of land and associated social, economic and environmental issues and can also include a wide range of issues such as planning, housing, heritage and transport relevant to Debenham.
The Neighbourhood Plan concludes with an action plan - a clear statement of who, what, why and how and a timetable for implementation. By proposing possible solutions, funding requirements and potential partners it provides a clear mandate for local action that the Parish Council can use to focus efforts and resources.
A local referendum will be held to adopt the plan so that it can then form part of the Local Development Plan. The Plan will also be subject to external examination.
What can I do?
Everyone in the village is encouraged to contribute and talk to each other about common issues of interest.
Help is needed to:
- Identify and prioritise specific local concerns
- Engage important partners from the beginning e.g. Police, health, and local authorities
- Gather well researched, quantified evidence of need which is essential for good quality funding bids for projects and groups.
We all need to be involved in this exciting opportunity of planning Debenham's future. To start the process the PC is holding two drop-in sessions which will provide more information and an opportunity to let us know your views.
Where and when:
The first will be at Debenham Leisure Centre on Sunday 22nd June between 2pm and 5pm. For those of you who can't make this date, there is a second session during the following week, at Coopersfield on Wednesday 25th June between 6pm and 9pm. Refreshments will be provided at both venues. Pease do come along and find out more, and offer your views on what we all need to do to protect and even enhance our beautiful village.
For those of you who may struggle to make it to either venue, please let the Clerk know on 01473 787861, and we will endeavour to arrange transport. Your views are important to us!
We plan to leaflet drop a questionnaire survey to every house in the village later this year where you will have another opportunity to address a number of issues if you are unable to attend one of the drop-in sessions. We hope this information will form the basis of the proposed plan.
Please don't wait for the questionnaire as, we would love to meet with you at one of the drop-in sessions, and hear more from you in person about what you see are the priorities for Debenham.
Chairman of Neighbourhood Plan Committee