Have your say on town’s future development

The community plan for Higham Ferrers is presented to the public. Pictured are steering group members Nigel Cheetham, Cllr Alan Dunn and Cllr Pam Whiting.
The community plan for Higham Ferrers is presented to the public. Pictured are steering group members Nigel Cheetham, Cllr Alan Dunn and Cllr Pam Whiting.

Town officials have encouraged residents to have their say on the future of Higham Ferrers at a consultation this weekend.

The event, taking place on Saturday, September 28, at the town hall, will let members of the public have their say on how they want the town to grow over the next 20 years.

Warning that no development is not viable, the neighbourhood plan outlines three different options which could see as many as 1,000 more homes built by 2031.

Higher level plans mean a minimum of 590 homes must be built – 100 more than have already been granted planning consent.

Meanwhile, a separate community plan, exploring issues such as additional parking and the viability of building a community centre, was presented to stakeholders last weekend.

Chairman of the steering group Nigel Cheetham said anybody who wanted to get more fully involved with the process of putting the plan into action should get in touch.

He said: “What we are trying to do is respond to the concerns people have about living in Higham. We have also been looking for volunteers to give it as much credibility as possible.”

A particular appeal has been made for community representatives with an interest in joining the communications, community facilities and economy, education and tourism project teams.

Higham Ferrers Town Council town clerk Sandra Mitcham added: “It’s to involve the community, rather than just being the town council,”