Eye: Town looks to create neighbourhood plan to have greater say on developments

Eye Airfield which has been earmarked for growth in north Suffolk.

Eye Airfield which has been earmarked for growth in north Suffolk.

A vision of what a Suffolk town will look like in the future is due to be put forward.

People in Eye would be able to directly shape the town’s prospects with a new neighbourhood plan which is being proposed.

The idea was put forward at the second meeting held to discuss the “Future of Eye”.

Town councillor Merlin Carr said: “A group of people are going away from the meeting to see if they can start a neighbourhood plan for Eye. It’s a very interesting and exciting prospect.

“The town council will give it as much support as possible. It’s an opportunity to look at issues and to reinvigorate the town.

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“Things like the development of Eye Airfield, encouraging business in the town and traffic problems.”

He said the group would meet next with the county councillor for the town, Guy McGregor, to get his ideas.

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Neighbourhood plans were brought in by the Government with the Localism Act 2011.

They mean communities can have more of a say in what gets built in their village or town.

Mendlesham became one of the first villages in Suffolk to make the first steps towards the creation of its own neighbourhood plan earlier this year.

Mid Suffolk District Council had to approve the proposal which means the village, near Stowmarket, now has an area around which it can develop its plans.

The Government has been running a £9.5 million, two-year programme to support communities to progress their neighbourhood plans.

Hands-on practical support and grants of up to £7,000 are available for communities.

The Eye group will also be looking to get support from Mid Suffolk, the planning authority in the area, as they progress their plans.

Communities with a neighbourhood plan will also benefit financially with more money coming from new developments.

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