Homes growth talks

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Babergh District Council is going out into the community to discuss growth and house building.

Along with Mid Suffolk, Babergh faces major pressure to build more houses, with a growing population, increased life expectancy and smaller households driving demand for more homes.

To ensure residents understand what these pressures are, as well as what challenges and opportunities they bring, the district councils will be opening up the conversation on growth to the public under the title “Building a Sustainable Future”.

Council officers will be hosting dozens of Building a Sustainable Future events throughout the districts over the next seven weeks, which will be open to all residents to drop in and talk with officers about the pressures the districts are facing and how to respond to them without endangering the unique character and identities of the districts.

There will also be the opportunity to discuss the impact new housing will have on economic growth, job opportunities, the sustainability of local services and infrastructure.

Simon Barrett, portfolio holder for business growth and increased productivity, said: “We have a responsibility to explain these issues to our residents and make sure our policies and decisions are as transparent as possible.

“This campaign is a chance to talk directly to people throughout our communities, to discuss their concerns and make sure everyone is aware of the challenges we face and how we will meet them.”

Further information can be found at www.babergh.gov.uk/OurFuture/.

Everyone in the district is encouraged to come along to any of the events. A full schedule of events can be found at www.babergh.gov.uk/OurFuture/Events/.

An information booklet detailing how residents can engage and find more information is being delivered to every home in both districts.