Attleborough Strategic Urban Extension

EIA for a new urban extension to Attleborough to provide 4,000 new homes, schools, linear park, open space, local and neighbourhood centres, community facilities and a new link road to help remove traffic from the town centre.

 What we did

  • Advised on an environmental planning strategy to successfully secure a strategic allocation in the Breckland Development Plan for a 4,000-home urban extension

  • Coordinated and managed a project team to prepare an Environmental Impact Assessment in support of the planning application

  • Worked with architects and clients to engage with local community and stakeholders and obtain support for proposals, including a Community Planning Weekend and the Neighbourhood Plan group

  • Outputs from consultation were meaningfully inputted into the design. For example, the community planning weekend established a number of design principles such as preferred location of link road, role of local centre, and need for a network of green routes connecting the town to the wider countryside

  • Reduced the environmental impacts through design refinement led to proposals for a linear park, substantial green corridors, wetlands and open spaces. This approach turned design constraints into positive outcomes

"Bidwells’ coordinated the EIA process and provided specialist advice with regards to the retail and socio-economic case for the development. We are delighted with the service we received across the board."

Craig Neilson, Development Director, Ptarmigan Land


  • Allocation of land as a Strategic Urban Extension in the Breckland Core Strategy

  • Support for the Strategic Urban Extension in the adopted Neighbourhood Plan

  • Delivered complex EIA to agreed timetables for council determination

  • Achieved unanimous approval from Breckland Planning Committee to grant outline planning permission



Attleborough Strategic Urban Extension

Images courtesy of John Thompson & Partners

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