Community Governance Review

Breckland District Council is undertaking a Community Governance Review of Great Ellingham with a view to extending the southern boundary of the parish to meet the natural boundary provided by the A11. The basis of the review is due to the properties on the south side of the A11 not having any natural ties with the town of Attleborough and the fact that their properties are closer in proximity to Great Ellingham.

Community Governance Review

4 Responses to Community Governance Review

  1. Charles K K Mason MRICS says:

    What impact will this have on the existing Great Ellingham “settlement boundary” and the availability for development? Will this enable development to be allowed on land between the two separate communities? my concern here is that it could create further urban sprawl.

    • greatellinghamparishcouncil says:

      Dear Charles,
      Thank you for your enquiry. I am able to inform you that, should the Community Governance Review result in the area shown on the map being incorporated into the civil parish of Great Ellingham, this will have no affect upon the settlement boundaries for either settlement. Each will continue as shown in Breckland District Council’s recently submitted Local Plan 2018 – 2036. The growth areas identified in the town of Attleborough were all to the North of the A11, indeed the area under review didn’t get a mention in the Attleborough Neighbourhood Plan nor BDC’s Local Plan, rather proving the residents’ concern that they are not given due regard by either authority. I can further assure you that the Great Ellingham Parish Council has no ambition to promote urban sprawl; it simply wishes to give the residents of the area a voice in discussions concerning their locale. Tim Betts, Parish Council Chairman.

  2. MRS R MARTIN says:

    I do not understand this. Properties on the SOUTH side of the A11 are in Attleborough. I believe if this boundary change takes place it will open the door to more development along the Attleborough road to the south of Great Ellingham. The village is big enough and i don’t see any benefit of this. Perhaps you could tell me if there is a benefit that i am not aware of.

    • greatellinghamparishcouncil says:

      Thank you for your enquiry. I can understand your confusion. The area subject to this review is not on the South-side of the A11; it is to the West of Attleborough.
      The initial proposal for this change came from a request, made by the residents of the area in question. They felt that they had much more in common with Great Ellingham, than they did with Attleborough; they being separated from the town by the A11. Indeed, the area under review didn’t get a mention in the Attleborough Neighbourhood Plan nor Breckland District Council’s Local Plan, rather proving the residents’ concerns that they are not given due regard by either authority.

      However, I can assure you that, if the area shown is incorporated into the civil parish of Great Ellingham, it will have no affect upon the settlement boundaries for either settlement. Each will continue as shown in Breckland District Council’s recently submitted Local Plan 2018 – 2036. The growth areas identified in the town of Attleborough are all to the North of the A11. I can further assure you that the Great Ellingham Parish Council has no ambition to promote development between the village and Attleborough; it simply wishes to give the residents of the subject area a voice in discussions concerning their locale.

      Great Ellingham has suffered greatly from Breckland District Council’s failure to achieve a five year housing land supply. This failure has allowed developers to win planning approval for developments to which the Parish Council and Breckland District Council itself objected. Its situation was made even weaker, when it lost the appeal against Orbit Homes for a development of 39 houses off the Attleborough and Hingham Roads – opposite the primary school. Unfortunately, the village will remain ‘under attack’ until Breckland District Council’s Local Plan has been approved by the Secretary of State and/or it achieves a five year housing land supply. Regards, Tim Betts, Parish Council Chairman.

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