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Survey for residents on Woodbridge plans

PUBLISHED: 21:30 20 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:41 03 March 2010

THE biggest redevelopment of Woodbridge town centre for decades is to involve the input of up to 9,000 people.

Surveys are being distributed to thousands of people throughout the town to gain views on a multi-million pound project designed to provide a vast array of new facilities.

THE biggest redevelopment of Woodbridge town centre for decades is to involve the input of up to 9,000 people.

Surveys are being distributed to thousands of people throughout the town to gain views on a multi-million pound project designed to provide a vast array of new facilities.

They include a new medical centre, a larger public car park, rear servicing of shops in the Thoroughfare, 20 more homes, a new library and a new primary school.

Residents are being urged to attend an exhibition at the school in New Street on Friday from 5pm to 10pm, and on Saturday from 10am to 5pm, and then submit their comments by the end of October.

The county council's executive committee will meet a month later and councillors will decide whether in principle they are prepared, using the results of the public consultation, to go ahead with the plans drawn up by G&E Woodbridge Consortium Ltd.

It is a company made up of Woodbridge people who want to invest in the town – producing a scheme sympathetic to the environment and meeting the aspirations of the county council.

They also want to keep at arm's length potentially bigger developers who could try to force through controversial plans for a supermarket.

It is also a ground-breaking scheme for the council's education department and it is the first time it has worked in partnership with the private sector.

"It is significant for Woodbridge and the county council with an opportunity for an innovative scheme that could set a trend for the future," said the council's project manager Brian Prettyman yesterday.

The council has entered a "lock out" agreement with the Woodbridge developers and it has promised it will not negotiate with anyone else – four other developers submitted schemes – for a specified period.

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