The combined population of Ixworth and Ixworth Thorpe is likely to grow significantly over the next 20 years. The nationwide housing shortage requires all local authorities to deliver significant amounts of housing, which in turn requires communities to play their part in that.
Ixworth is currently a flourishing community with excellent facilities and nobody wants that to change. However, the expansion of the village will put great pressure on existing facilities and services. Thanks to the 2012 Localism Act we have the opportunity to put in place a legally binding policy document called a Neighbourhood Plan which will be used to determine future planning decisions and shape any expansion.
Through the Neighbourhood Plan we can:
Develop a shared vision for our community.
Through an allocation process choose where new homes are built.
Identify what shops, offices and other development might be needed.
Identify and protect important local green spaces.
Influence what new buildings should look like.
Improve health and wellbeing through the provision of better community infrastructure.
Improve movement around the area.
To do this, the Neighbourhood Plan Working Group was set up in Autumn 2017 by the Parish Council with a mix of local volunteers and Parish Councillors. We hope in the next 2 to 3 years to produce a Neighbourhood Plan by engaging with the community to find out what really matters to you and what you would like to see happen in your Parish. We passionately believe this is our best opportunity to influence how our community grows. Neighbourhood Plans elsewhere do seem to be effective vehicles whereby both Borough Council planners and developers are required to properly reflect the policies prepared by the community when proposing and assessing development.