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Kessingland village plan consultation draws to a close

Kessingland Parish council are set to hold a consultation over the village plan.

Kessingland Parish council are set to hold a consultation over the village plan.

A parish council has thanked a mystery good samaritan who put notes through residents’ doors urging them to engage with a consultation about a village’s future as it reaches its conclusion.

Marram Green, Kessingland.
Liam Martin.Marram Green, Kessingland. Liam Martin.

Kessingland Parish Council has been encouraging people since December to have their say about a neighbourhood plan that is being put together for the area.

It held a consultation event at its Marram Green offices on Friday, December 5 and Saturday, December 6, during which people aired housing, employment, protecting green and open spaces and the need for more infrastructure as the main issues.

However the consultation was extended until next Thursday, January 22 to give more people a chance to put over their views.

Yet the council has now received some unexpected help when leaflets were put through people’s doors urging them to have a say.

Kessingland Parish council are set to hold a consultation over the village plan.Kessingland Parish council are set to hold a consultation over the village plan.

“We are aware there’s been a good samaritan delivering this information and we would like to thank them for their help,” 
said Liam Martin, chairman of Kessingland Parish Council.

“They haven’t come forward and told us who they are but we are very grateful.”

A working group has been formed to put together the neighbourhood plan, with the aim of discovering what would make “my ideal village”.

As a result of people’s concerns, the document aims to include a plan to give the community direct power in deciding what their vision for the area is and a say over development needed between 2015 and 2030.

There is also a plan to have a policy that reflects the village’s demand for affordable housing for all adult age groups and those with an established local connection.

Mr Martin said after the consultation event: “It became clear that the main issues were housing, employment, protecting the existing green and open spaces and a lack of infrastructure.

“With regards to the issues surrounding housing, all the work carried out so far shows there is a demand for affordable housing across all adult age groups and those with an established local connection, and the policy within the neighbourhood plan will reflect that.”

After the consultation, a draft of the plan will be sent to Waveney District Council. It will then be sent to a planning inspector, who will say whether a referendum on the plan can go ahead.

What do you think the priorities should be for Kessingland’s future? Tell The Journal by calling 01502 525825 or email lowestoft.journal@archant.co.uk


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