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Kessingland village plan consultation is extended

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.

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A consultation has on a village plan has been extended to give more people a chance to have their say about the future of the area.

Housing, employment, protecting green and open spaces and the need for more infrastructure have been highlighted as the main issues affecting Kessingland.

Residents of one of Suffolk’s largest villages formed a group to put together a neighbourhood plan for the area, 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. A consultation drop-in event was held on Friday, December 5, and Saturday, December 6, at Kessingland Parish Council’s office at Marram Green, to allow people to have their say about the plan.

However, the council has decided to extend the consultation until January 22 to give more people a chance to have their say.

Liam Martin, chairman of Kessingland Parish Council, said: “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.

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