Town’s future set out at council

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The draft Haverhill town centre masterplan will move a step nearer when the second phase of the consultation is presented to St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s cabinet on May 28 for approval.

St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s cabinet committee needs to approve the draft masterplan before the final draft goes out to consultation from June 8 to July 17. Members of the public will then get a chance during this six-week period to have their say.

It will show a strategy for the town centre concentrating on four interconnected town centre quarter, which include mixed use development opportunities supported by a public realm framework which aims to make the town centre straightforward to get around.

The draft plan includes a vision for more shops, cafes and restaurants, improvements to the bus interchange and physical environment of the High Street as well as new places to live, work and enjoy the town centre.

Sarah Howard, Chairman of ONE Haverhill Board, said: “We are delighted with what David Lock Associates has put together for Haverhill and from June 8 members of the public will be able to have their say.

“They have taken on board comments from phase one of the consultation and have come up with a vision for our town which is both progressive and realistic.”

Members of the public gave their views in March and April during an initial phase one six week consultation period on what the independent town centre planning experts believed were the broad issues and options that needed to be considered in preparing the town centre masterplan.

It is believed to be the first time a local authority has asked a community organisation within a town to lead on such a consultation.

The aim is to have the masterplan completed in September.