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Thetford Community Governance Review (Boundary Change Consultation)

Background

A large new housing development — known as Kingsfleet — has been granted planning permission on the northern edge of Thetford. This land currently mostly lies within the neighbouring parishes of Croxton and Kilverstone. In late 2017, Thetford Town Council requested a "Community Governance Review" to consider changing the boundary of the Parish of Thetford so that the new houses would lie in Thetford Parish. Breckland District Council agreed to carry out this review.

A Stage 1 Consultation on the plans was run from 8th January to 16th March 2018. A total of 525 responses were received. Over 75\% of the respondents said they were in favour of the boundary change. However, there was a clear split between those from Thetford parish — who were mostly in favour of the change, and those from the village parishes — who were mostly against. (See the full list of responses, and Breckland's summary of numbers for and against.)

The Community Governance Sub-Committee of Breckland Council considered the responses. Despite the overwhelming majority of the responses being in favour of the changes, the Sub-Committee decided to propose ``no change to the boundary'' to go forward to the Stage 2 Consultation. Their reasoning was that: (1) as a proportion of the total population, the percentage of Thetford residents responding in favour was lower than the percentage of parish residents against, and (2) those living in the yet-to-be-built houses should be consulted. (Draft Minutes of the Sub-Committee meeting.)

The Stage 2 Consultation is currently running from 16th April to 22nd June 2018. Full details and an online response form can be found at the link above. The proposal in Stage 2 is to not change the boundary. So if you want to see the Thetford boundary changed to include Kingsfleet, then you should respond that you disagree with the proposal. If you was to see boundary remaining where it is (so most of the Kingsfleet development lies in the two village parishes) you should respond that you agree with the proposal.

Map above: Current parish boundaries shown with black lines; Kingsfleet housing development area shown in pink; potential new boundary for Thetford parish shown with red dashed line.

Implications of a Boundary Change

If the Thetford boundary was moved to include Kingsfleet, the following changes would occur:

The following would not be affected, whether the boundary is moved or not:

Reasons to Move the Boundary

Take Action

If you have views on the boundary, then please respond to the Stage 2 consultation. You can do this by submitting the online form, by writing to or emailing the council. Paper forms are also available from the Thetford Town Council offices on King Street, and from a stall on the Market Square on Tuesdays and Saturdays. (See the Thetford Boundary Changes Facebook Group.)If you want to see the boundary moved, then please make it clear that you disagree with Breckland Council's proposal to leave the boundary where it is. You can also add that you would like the boundary to be moved to follow the A11 and the edge of the Kingsfleet development, and possibly explain your reasons for wanting this.