Snettisham Neighbourhood Plan
Snettisham Parish Council is delighted that the Neighbourhood Plan for the Village is going forward to Referendum on 29th November.
All electors of the Village will have their chance to vote in this Referendum, and, if approved, the Plan will become part of local planning policy guiding decisions by the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk.
The development of the Plan has taken just over two years since the Parish was listed as the designated area. This was complicated by the fact that, unusually, an allocation of land for building was proposed. Other policies relate to windfall development, housing mix, second homes, housing design and size, parking and heritage. They refer to access to the local environment and AONB, and encourage pedestrians and cycle use. There is also reference to long term aims to improve the amount of green space for Villagers, to keep the feel of a rural community.
Cllr Mel Billington, leader of the Plan Team, said: “It has been a long but rewarding journey, and one which has not always been entirely straightforward. As the Government is determined to encourage house construction almost without restriction, it is important to have some local input into controlling that process. Even though we have not been able to achieve absolutely everything that we may have wanted, we believe this is a huge and positive step forward, and hope that Villagers will support the Plan on November 29th”.
Council Chairman, Cllr Ros Pugh, commented on the enormous amount of work that had gone on to get to this point, saying that she wished “to thank all of those involved in the project, and hope that their efforts are rewarded with a ‘yes’ vote in the Referendum. I hope that Villagers will avail themselves of the chance to read the documents and support the Plan by coming to our information sessions and meeting in coming weeks.”
Voters are able to visit the Parish Office to collect copies during normal opening hours, and there will be dedicated sessions on the morning of Thursday 15th and afternoon of Thursday 22nd November. There will also be a formal presentation and Q&A session in the Methodist Church on Monday 26th at 7pm. Copies of the paperwork will also be available in other locations within Snettisham, and are all on the BCKLWN website here.