21 March 2017
The chairman of ONE Haverhill Partnership has expressed disappointment over claims of a lack of progress of the Town Centre Masterplan.
The Masterplan document was adopted by St Edmundsbury Borough Council 18 months ago to help shape how Haverhill would develop over the next 15 years.
Since then a Masterplan task group, led by ONE Haverhill Partnership and supported by the borough council, has met regularly to help shape developments.
“The Haverhill Town Centre Masterplan has been one of the success stories of ONE Haverhill Partnership,” said John Mayhew, chairman of the organisation.
“So much so that the current masterplan being consulted in Bury St Edmunds and other similar plans for towns in West Suffolk have been keen to replicate the success of Haverhill.
“There have been great successes since the Masterplan was adopted and with the hard work of so many people pulling in the right direction, there will be many more successes to come.
“Our governance requires board members, especially those sitting on task groups such as the Masterplan, to feedback information to the organisations they represent.
“Councillors who sit on the board and on the task groups must use their judgement as to what they report and what should be treated confidentially.”
Alaric Pugh, chairman of the Masterplan task group, said there had been lots of progress since the Masterplan was officially endorsed 18 months ago.
Cllr Pugh, a borough councillor and cabinet member for planning and growth, added: “Substantial resources have been deployed and work in the background is constant but this is a very long term project with long term goals and aspirations.
“In addition, many of the actions which have come directly from the Masterplan have been very visible.
“St Edmundsbury Borough Council immediately acted to take control of the derelict Co-op, many stalled developments and development sites quickly received support and gathered commercial interest and new businesses and new buildings have been a consistent feature - including on the bypass and on the old Project site.”
The task group is made up of members of ONE Haverhill Partnership, local councillors and businesses, leisure, health, housing and highways.