Tourism key in new village plan

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New guidelines on how Lavenham should be developed will focus on providing affordable homes to attract more young people into the village.

Prepared by Lavenham Parish Council, the document will be used to try to ensure any future development is appropriate for the village.

A statement from the parish council said: “The principle objective of the plan is to provide sustainable development of Lavenham through the achievement of a better balanced community.

“We need to increase the proportion of young people living within the village.”

It added: “Lavenham’s economy is underpinned by tourism. The preservation of Lavenham’s historic core and the importance of its setting in countryside are key factors in maintaining Lavenham’s position as a tourism destination.”

The plan will run from 2015 to 2035, in which 100 homes would need to be built to meet the plan’s objectives.

If passed, the neighbourhood plan would be taken into account by Babergh District Council when considering planning applications.

Before this, the plan must be submitted for approval by Babergh, scrutinised by a government inspector and put to a referendum of Lavenham residents.

The plan can be viewed and commented on at www.lavenham-np.co.uk.