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A Fascinating Talk at the Questionnaire Display
After Two Years
A Fascinating Talk at the Questionnaire Display
6 February 2018

On 3 February at 11.30 am and again at 2.30 pm, an audience gathered to hear Alison Farmer explain the study which she has carried out into Woolpit's rural setting and landscape features. Alison is the consultant engaged by Woolpit Neighbourhood Plan to produce a Landscape Sensitivity Study. This will assess the value and special nature of many sites around the village and further afield in the parish.

Everyone was impressed with her insights and fascinating explanations of what makes Woolpit an unusual and special place; the elements which give it its distinctive village character, and the reasons why we must be very protective of certain approaches to the village, and areas of land surrounding the settlement. The contribution made by the historic road structure, the significance of gateways and views into and out of the village, and the importance of a sense of arrival (and departure) were just some of her key points.

This report is one of the final key pieces of the jigsaw needed before we can finalise policies for the Neighbourhood Plan. It will be invaluable in assessing the capacity and suitability for development of sites around Woolpit, which have already been identified in a survey carried out by Mid Suffolk District Council last summer.

Alison expects to complete the Sensitivity Study by the end of February, and it will be published on the website in the following weeks.