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Cringleford community set to vote on the future of the village

12:13 23 January 2014

Locals getting a chance to give their opinions about the Cringleford neighbourhood development plan at a previous exhibition. Photo:Steve Adams

Locals getting a chance to give their opinions about the Cringleford neighbourhood development plan at a previous exhibition. Photo:Steve Adams

People living in a village on the outskirts of Norwich will have the chance to vote on the future of their community this Friday.

For two years a group from Cringleford Parish Council has been devising a neighbourhood development plan as part of the government’s Front Runner’s Project, which is designed to give people more of a voice about planning matters in their area.

The Cringleford plan - thought to be the first of its kind in Norfolk - looks at the village to 2026, proposing where 1,200 new homes allocated under the joint core strategy could be built, and also sets out policies on areas including transport and environment.

On Friday a referendum is being held, with people in Cringleford being asked to vote on whether they want South Norfolk Council to use the neighbourhood plan to help the district council decide on planning applications in the area.

If 51pc or more vote in favour of the plan then it will become part of the district’s planning framework.

A statement in Cringleford Parish Council’s January newsletter said: “The aim (of the plan) is to ensure that new development is sympathetic to the existing village and the concerns of residents. In particular it seeks to ensure that overall housing numbers are keep close to 1,200.

“We are trail blazers, in that only six neighbourhood development plans have been adopted so far nationally.

“Our plan is probably the most complex to date.”

• The referendum on Cringleford’s Neighbourhood Development Plan is on Friday. People eligible to vote have been sent a polling card or postal vote by South Norfolk Council and they can register their vote at the Patteson Parish Room, in Newmarket Road, Cringleford, from 7am until 10pm on Friday.

The full Cringleford Neighbourhood Development Plan is available to view at www.cringlefordparishcouncil.gov.uk

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