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  • Writer's pictureGabbie Joyce

First open forum for the Necton Neighbourhood Plan

The Open Forum for the Neighbourhood Plan for Necton took place at the Community Centre on the 9 and 10 July. Turnout was low, with just over 2% of the village residents calling in over the two days.

However, this is just the first stage in the Neighbourhood planning process, designed to start the conversation and identify some key themes that are important to residents.

A Neighbourhood Plan is an important document; and once completed and adopted by the community, forms part of the planning policy that informs future development. This will not stop new homes from being built, but it will allow Necton to influence and shape development over the next 20 or so years.

Residents are encouraged to take part in this process, only then can we truly say that the Plan belongs to Necton.

This first stage, there were three opening questions to consider. Here are some of the comments received.

What I like about Necton

Excellent dog-walking on the fields.

Beautiful countryside views.

Convenient & well serviced (shops, etc).

Friendly people & sense of community.

One resident said, "I like the local sellers, such as eggs and plants. Makes a walk very interesting".

What I dislike about Necton

Speeding through village.

Lack of 'village style' character, or 'grand entrance' to welcome you home.

The village is getting too big.

Lack of green spaces and trees along roads.

Anti-social behaviour.

Not enough footpaths (for walking rather than access).

The old school site which is an eyesore.

A47 junction.

Areas for improvement

Safe cycling areas.

Petanque or Boules pitch.

More coaching for other sports (use the MUGA).

Footpath to Swaffham.

In the next stage, the Neighbourhood Plan Committee will produce and distribute a household survey to collect information that will define the content of the Neighbourhood plan. Keep an eye on your letterbox and take this valuable opportunity to shape Necton's future. You can also send comments direct to the Parish Council who are sponsoring this Plan.

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