Safer Neighbourhood Team Community update and public meeting

Read the latest community update from the Safer Neighbourhood Team.

At 6.00pm on Monday 5th July 2021 the Harleston Safer Neighbourhood Team will be holding a virtual public meeting via Microsoft Teams (Teams app is available to download for free to your device).

We are very keen to hear from as many of you as we can so we can focus our policing around your concerns and issues where you live, work or visit.

If you would like to be a part of this meeting, to have a say about the policing in your area and to find out what your local policing team have been focusing on then please email us at the address below for a link to the meeting and joining instructions.

If you cannot make the meeting then please email the team your concerns or your thoughts on the priorities that we should concentrate on over the next 3 months.

We look forward to welcoming you to the meeting.

Please email [email protected] for more details.

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South Norfolk Village Clusters Housing Allocations Plan Regulation 18 Consultation

A draft version of the South Norfolk Village Clusters Housing Allocations Plan (VCHAP) has been published for 8 weeks consultation, between 9am Monday 7 June and 5pm on Monday 2 August 2021.

The VCHAP is seeking to allocate sites for at least 1,200 new dwellings (over and above those that already have permission), distributed across 48 Village Clusters centred around the Primary Schools in South Norfolk.  The preferred allocation sites are between 12 and 50 dwellings, reflecting the scale of the settlements which they will form a part of.  As well as allocation sites, the draft VCHAP proposes some smaller amendments to Development Boundaries, to accommodate windfall developments of up to 11 dwellings, which are in addition to the 1,200 dwelling requirement.  We are now seeking your views on the choice of sites, including what specific criteria might need to be applied to the larger allocation sites.

The VCHAP sets out some suggestions for overarching policies which would apply to all housing proposals, whether they be on the allocations or the windfall sites.  These are concerned with design quality, housing mix and common criteria, such as maximising the improving for walking/cycling, and your comments are also sought on these.

There may still be suitable sites in the Village Clusters which have not yet been promoted to us, so there is an opportunity to submit those additional sites as part of the consultation.  For those considering submitting sites, it will be useful to consider the Council’s Assessment Criteria when completing a site submission form.

The VCHAP sits alongside the Greater Norwich Local Plan, which you may already have commented on, and which will continue to set the strategic planning policies for South Norfolk and make both the housing allocations in larger settlements and also any non-housing allocations.

The consultation can be viewed at www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/vchap.  Here you will find not only a link to the consultation document itself, plus a range of supporting documents that have been used to prepare the draft VCHAP, but also a virtual exhibition which may help answer some of your questions.  As well as commenting on the main document, you may also wish to comment on the Interim Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulation Assessment documents.

If you would like to contact the Place Shaping Team about the consultation (including letting us know if you wish to be removed from our consultation contacts) please call on 01508 533805, email [email protected], or contact us via a webchat between 10am and 2pm on a Tuesday, or 2pm and 6pm on a Thursday, throughout the consultation (see VCHAP webpage for details).

Please remember to submit any comments by 5pm on Monday 2 August 2021.

For your information, Wortwell is combined with Needham, Brockdish and Starston, under number 26.

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Vattenfall’s Norfolk Projects Community Benefit Fund

Renewable energy company, Vattenfall, are in the process of developing two world class offshore wind farms off the Norfolk coast – some 45 and 70km away from land (too far away to be visible from the coast). These will generate the equivalent electricity to power 3.9 million UK homes, and make a significant contribution to the Government’s green energy targets.

Vattenfall has launched a dialogue aimed at shaping their Norfolk Vanguard and Norfolk Boreas Offshore Wind Farm Projects’ Community Benefit Fund and are inviting everyone in Norfolk to “have your say”. The fund will be worth several million pounds over many years and community involvement will help ensure the fund provides a lasting legacy of locally appropriate initiatives and support.

What is a Community Benefit Fund?
Vattenfall’s coordinated offshore wind farms are poised to deliver benefits beyond contributing to the UK’s home-grown, low-C energy supply, and to combatting climate change. They will also deliver investment and opportunities to the local supply chain, local port facilities, bring construction and 25 year long, quality careers, and open export markets via Vattenfall’s wider portfolio. Vattenfall is committed to local communities benefitting from the Norfolk Vanguard and Norfolk Boreas projects. They can’t deliver their projects without the involvement of local communities, any more than the nation can deliver a climate smarter future without everyone being on board. That is why they are establishing a Community Benefit Fund community fund, as a lasting legacy, supporting climate-smarter living initiatives in the region over the lifetime of the projects, which will support locally appropriate climate action – for example, greener local transport and connectivity initiatives, local energy efficiency or renewable energy schemes, local nature restoration and so on.

These benefits are contingent on the projects progressing, and the first funding will be available from 2023, but they are starting the conversation to shape the fund now, because they know from having set up highly successful funds elsewhere that it takes time. Great funds are based on community interests, needs and aspirations, and have the flexibility to adapt, to keep working effectively for communities over their decades-long lifetime.

This is your opportunity to influence how future community funds will be spent and managed in the region. It is important that they hear your views, at the start of the process. This will ensure you have time to fully consider what’s required and to prepare winning applications.

How do I and others take part?
Just take part in the poll by following this link, it is quick and easy to do: http://bit.ly/GMVNorfolk

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Chances Project

The Chances project supports individuals in Norfolk actively seeking employment, together with those distant and disengaged from the jobs market. Chances is completely free and voluntary.

We work with people who are:
• Aged 18 or over
• Unemployed for one day or more
• Living in the Norfolk area
• Has the legal right to live and work in the UK
• Motivated to move forwards and looking to make positive life changes

Individuals can self-refer at Voluntary Norfolk

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Harleston Neighbourhood Team

On Thursday 25th March 2021 the local Safer Neighbourhood Team held a virtual public meeting for Harleston and the surrounding Parishes via Microsoft Teams.

The setting of local priorities for Harleston was discussed and they were agreed.

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Norfolk County Council Covid Update 25 March 2021

Norfolk County Council Covid Update 25 March 2021

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Financial Regulations

Financial Regulations 2021

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Standing Orders

Standing Orders 2021

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Healthwatch project

At Healthwatch Norfolk we are launching a project alongside Healthwatch Suffolk to find out how people affected by cancer have accessed their appointments during the pandemic.

We are working with the people in charge of cancer services in Norfolk and Suffolk to help shape the way appointments are accessed in the future, so it is vital that we get as much feedback as possible to get an authentic sense of patient opinion.

If you live in Norfolk or Waveney and have had a cancer diagnosis, referral or treatment since March 2020, Healthwatch Norfolk and Suffolk would love to hear from you.

Whether you have had virtual appointments (by phone or video call, for example), in-person appointments, or a combination of both your experiences could help shape future provisions.

If you would like to participate, please contact Healthwatch Norfolk by calling 0808 1689669, or emailing [email protected]. Alternatively, the survey can be completed online by visiting www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/cancerappointments/

We are also asking our audience to forward the information to as many people as possible, to help us with this important piece of work. We would be extremely grateful for any support you can offer.

Healthwatch Norfolk and Healthwatch Suffolk are the independent voices for patients and service users in our counties. We gather your views of health and social care services to ensure they are heard by the people in charge. For more information about what we do, visit our websites www.healthwatchnorfolk.co.uk and www.healthwatchsuffolk.co.uk.”

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Farewell Margaret Colyer

It is with regret Wortwell Parish Council has to say goodbye to a valued colleague, Mags Colyer, who is retiring from council duties after six years loyal service. We would like thank Mags for all her hard work on behalf of the village and wish her all the best for the future.
Clive, Parish Council Chairman

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