The public inquiry into St Edmundsbury Council’s Vision 2031 documents detailing how the borough should develop over the next two decades continues today (Wednesday, February 5).
Rogers Clews will be looking at Objectives, Travel, Infrastructure and the Environment this morning (10am) and Local centres, community facilities and Haverhill Town Centre this afternoon (2pm).
Both will be at Haverhill Leisure Centre.
The main issue is whether or not the plan sets out sound objectives for Haverhill, and whether or not the plan’s proposals and allocations are adequately supported by transport and other infrastructure, and protect and enhance the environment.
His main questions this morning are:
1) Does the plan promote a transport system that is appropriately balanced in favour of sustainable transport in accordance with National Planning Policy Framework?
2) Should the plan refer to the need for a Cambridge to Haverhill rail link?
3) Should there be more explicit commitment to providing off-road cycleways and footpaths?
4) Does the plan give adequate certainty over the provision and timing of the Haverhill North West relief road?
5) Should the plan refer to the need for dualling the A1307?
6) Would the developments proposed in the plan lead to unacceptable traffic levels in Little Thurlow?
7) Does the plan give adequate recognition to the need for water and sewerage capacity to support the proposed development allocations?
8) Does the plan make adequate provision for medical facilities, schools and colleges, shops and other social infrastructure to support the proposed levels of development?
9) Are the requirements of policy HV18 too prescriptive?
10) Are the plan’s objectives for Haverhill soundly based?
The afternoon (2pm) session will focus on Local centres, community facilities and Haverhill Town Centre.
The main issue is whether or not the aspirations and policies for local centres, community facilities and Haverhill Town Centre are justified, effective and deliverable.
His main questions this afternoon are:
1) Should the policy include a requirement that the new Royal Mail facilities are provided before the site is redeveloped?
2) Should the proposed mixed-use redevelopment of the town centre brownfield sites favour retail development, and would it ensure that adequate public car-parking is retained?
3) Are the policy and the proposed actions to secure local centres for community facilities sufficiently robust?
4) Are the policy and the proposed actions for Haverhill town centre adequate to ensure a reasonable prospect of achieving the aspiration?
5) Should the plan include a commitment to pedestrianise Haverhill High Street and other parts of the town centre?
6) Should a two-way access road be provided into the town centre via Camps Road and Swan Lane, with a bus stop and taxi hub at the Market Square?
7) Should the plan include specific action to provide a museum in Haverhill?
For all the latest news see tomorrow’s (Thursday, February 6) Echo.