Greater Thetford Development Partnership (GTDP)

The Greater Thetford Development Partnership has been set up by Breckland District Council as an advisory body to oversee the Thetford Sustainable Extension, also known as Kingsfleet. The Partnership is, as least in part, a replacement for the former Moving Thetford Forward, which has now been dissolved. Despite this new body having no formal powers, it is likely to have a lot of influence over the direction of the upcoming developments in Thetford.

It is therefore rather disappointing that few local organisations are directly represented on the Board, and initially Breckland Council planned to exclude the press and public from the meetings. The latter was quickly reversed, but there are still issues with transparency, as meetings are not always well advertised, and minutes and papers are not always published in a timely fashion. This website is an attempt to make the workings of the Partnership more transparent to the local residents it should be serving.

Full Terms of Reference of the GTDP Board.

Board Members

Representative Name Position / Organisation Email Twitter
Independent Chair Graham Jermyn graham.jermyn@(nospam)
County Councillor Roy Brame Councillor for Thetford East,
Norfolk County Council
County Council Tig Armstrong Infrastructure & Economic Growth Manager,
Norfolk County Council
Disrict Councillor Sam Chapman-Allen Councillor for Forest Ward, Deputy Leader, and Executive Member for Strategy, Governance & Transformation,
Breckland District Council
District Council Rob Walker Executive Director Place,
Breckland District Council
rob.walker@(nospam) @rob_walker75
Town Councillor Terry Jermy Councillor for Burrell Ward,
Thetford Town Council
terry.jermy@(nospam) @CllrTerryJermy
Parish Councillor Robert King Councillor & Chair,
Croxton Parish Council
Parish Councillor Tony Poulter Councillor & Chair,
Brettenham & Kilverstone Parish Council
Business Mr Mike Brown Deputy Chairman,
Thetford Business Forum
mike@(nospam) @MikeBrownMBP
Police & Crime Paul Wheatley Breckland District Commander,
Norfolk Constabulary
wheatleyp@(nospam) @CInspWheatley
Land Owner / Developer William Van Cutsem Investment Director,
Pigeon Investments Ltd
Social Housing Adam Broadway Director (Development),
Flagship Homes
Health Robert Howes-Ward Managing Partner,
School Lane Surgery, Thetford
Education Chris Hey Head of Place Planning and Organisation,
Children's Services, Norfolk County Council
Community Robert Whittaker Chair,
Community Sub-Group
rjw-gtdp@(nospam) @rjw62
Inward Investment Robert Campbell Chair,
Inward Investment Sub-Group
Planning & Projects Richard Doleman Chair,
Planning & Projects Sub-Group

Sub Groups

Meetings, agendas, papers and minutes

The Board initially decided to hold its meetings behind closed doors and only publish its minutes once they had been approved at the following meeting. This would prevent public scrutiny and meaningful input into the Board's business. Following pressure from myself and some Board members, the board had a change of heart at its second meeting, and resolved to operate in a more transparent manner.

Agendas, minutes and papers for the Board meetings should be available from the Breckland Committee Page for the GTDP. Things are getting better now, but the documents are still not always uploaded there promptly.

16th June 2017 (10am–12am Church on the Way)

21 April 2017 (10am–11am Private Session; 11am–12pm Public Session; Charles Burrell Centre, Staniforth Road, Thetford)

17 February 2017 (Public Forum 10am–11am; Board meeting 11:30am–1:30pm)

16 December 2016 (private workshop)

21 October 2016 (10am–12pm, Bell Hotel, Thetford)

19 August 2016 (10am–12pm, Charles Burrell Centre)

24 June 2016 (open forum 10:00–11:00, main meeting 11:30–13:30; Kings House)

14 April 2016 (10am - 12pm, The Bell Hotel)

15th February 2016 (10am)

2nd December 2015 (2:30pm, Carnegie Rooms, Thetford)

2nd October 2015

3rd August 2015

Terms of Reference

Press Coverage

Criticism over advertising of Greater Thetford Development Partnership sub-group meeting
2016-09-16, Thetford and Brandon Times
Roundabout funding brings Thetford Enterprise Park a step closer
2016-08-04, Thetford and Brandon Times
Thetford board under fire for lack of publicity as one member of public comes to meeting
2016-04-19, Thetford and Brandon Times
Car parking and traffic issues in Thetford to be looked at, partnership meeting hears
2015-12-02, Thetford and Brandon Times
Enterprise park made Priority
2015-10-14, Thetford and Brandon Times
Board holds first meeting
2015-09-09, Thetford and Brandon Times
"Lessons to be learned" from Moving Thetford Forward, says councillor as Breckland backs new partnership
2015-07-15, Eastern Daily Press
Breckland's Cabinet supports creation of new growth partnership for Thetford area
2015-07-15, Breckland Council press release
Fears raised over new Thetford Greater Development Partnership board
2015-05-27, Eastern Daily Press.

Thetford Sustainable Urban Expansion

A large part of the GTDP's work will undoubtedly concern the Thetford Sustainable Urban Expansion, a large development of around 5000 new homes to the north and east of the town, under the name of Kingsfleet. Links to information and resources about this development can be found below.