04/11/19: Cabinet agrees to support the delivery of 'positive change' in Thetford

Breckland Council has agreed to the principle of supporting a housing organisation to deliver positive changes in one of the district's market towns.

At its meeting today (4 November), the district council's Cabinet discussed a report which outlined Flagship Homes' aspirations to engage with local residents to identify ways in which housing and community spaces on the Abbey estate in Thetford could be improved. Statistically, the estate is one of the region's most deprived housing areas.

Members resolved to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the council and Flagship, which indicates the Breckland Council is in favour of Flagship Homes delivering improvements in the area and that the council will look at ways in which this can be supported.

Flagship has already held some resident engagement sessions in Thetford, which have indicated local communities are keen to see changes made, with feedback so far suggesting people would like to see run-down garage areas and anti-social behaviour addressed and more made of green spaces.

Having now secured the support of Breckland Council, as well as support from Norfolk County Council, the housing company will continue to work with residents to develop proposals which address issues raised by local people.

Cllr Sam Chapman-Allen, Breckland Council's Leader, commented: "Breckland's Cabinet welcomed Flagship Group's desire to deliver positive change in Thetford. Members were supportive of this ambition and recognised that rarely is one organisation in a position to deliver change in isolation. Consequently, Councillors agreed to the principle of the council supporting Flagship in the future and we look forward to hearing more about opportunities to do so once they've engaged further with residents."

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