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The Neighbourhood Plan Working Group are collating evidence to develop the Neighbourhood Plan.  The Overall Workplan for Evidence Gathering sets out how the evidence will be collected and divides the work load into five areas


Business and Employment

Community Facilities

Character and Environment


On Saturday 21 January 2017 a Drop-in session was held at Great Barton Village Hall to share with the public the evidence that had been collected to date and to obtain their views on the issues that ought to be covered in the Neighbourhood Plan.

The written responses record the written notes received at the Drop-in on the day.  In addition some people completed a short questionnaire about their aspirations for development of the Triangle site, the area of land bounded by the A143, Mill Road and School Road.  The Responses to Triangle Questionnaire and the Questionnaire about the Triangle are available to view. 

On Saturday 30th September 2017 the distribution of a Neighbourhood Plan Household questionnaire and a Housing Needs Survey commenced.  Every household received a questionnaire asking for the views of each resident over the age of 8 on the issues that should be covered in the Great Barton Neighbourhood Plan.  The data collected will be analysed shortly.  A copy of the Household Questionnaire is available to view.

Results of Household Questionnaire

The results of the Household Questionnaires have now been input into the database and the questions and answers have been divided into several categories to reflect the work areas that have been developed over the past few months.  The answers to each question can be found by clicking the link of the  relevant category.  A flavour of some of the key points is given alongside the link.  Not everyone answered all the questions so where a percentage is quoted it reflects the number of people who answered that particular question.  Please do click on the links to read the full results.

You and Great Barton - Q3 You were asked what was important to you and the three aspects that received the highest scores were Peaceful and Safe neighbourhood, A safe place to live and Unspoilt Countryside.  Q5 Two people live in 51% of households and 19% live alone.  Q6 54% of respondents are aged 60 or over.

Housing - Q7 22% would support more growth of additional housing, 48% say no more growth, already too much with current proposals.  Q8 58% would support the NP allocating sites for affordable homes.  Q9 77% have no need for alternative accommodation in the next 10 years.  Q11 The type of homes preferred (41%) across the Parish was detached private houses (1-3 bedrooms).  Q12 29% would support more development in the Triangle if it generated additional funding for community facilities, 63% would not.

Business and Employment - Q18 43% of respondents are retired.  Q20 20% would like the NP to allocate sites for commercial development, 64% would not.  Q21 Those businesses receiving the highest support for encouragement in Great Barton are Agriculture/Horticulture, Shops and Home-based businesses.

Character and Environment - Q23 96% thought the NP should protect existing green spaces, open and woodland areas in the Parish.  Q24 92% thought the NP should protect arable/grassland/farmland/landscape.  Q34 40% would support ground source heat pumps.

Community Facilities - Q27 80% of respondents use the garage/shop at least once a month and Q33 90% said that a village shop is important to the Parish.  72% said that a Post Office was important but only 14% use the Village Post Office at least once a month.  Broadband, Public Footpaths and Road Safety Measures received the greatest support for improvement within the NP.

Transport - Q29 71% said if Pubic Transport needs to be improved the top priority should be more convenient services to Bury St Edmunds.  Q35 73% said that Great Barton needs flashing 30 mph sign and 48% Speed Cameras.  Q36 27% say the current roads in the Parish are safe and 73% say they are not.

Over the next few weeks the Neighbourhood Plan Working Group will be identifying the issues and options coming out of the evidence that has been gathered.  If you want to get involved please contact the Neighbourhood Plan Clerk on