We all agree that house building must match the growing population, and the government insist upon it. People are living longer, living on their own and emigrating to and within the UK to do vital jobs. However, new housing must be distributed in a way that does not destroy the Suffolk environment we all enjoy.
After much delay the new Mid Suffolk District Council Local Plan is at last nearing completion but just when will it be delivered? . It should have been produced much earlier to guide developers to locations that villages could tolerate.
The turmoil and chaos around national politics and the
Brexit disaster coupled with the need to focus on the District Council
elections have been a significant distraction this month. However, there is news from the County, a
mixture of good and bad to report.
Investment for Special Educational Needs
In February I reported that the cross-party Policy Development
Panel had recommended that the County invests £45.1m in SEND. This will develop new Special Educational
Needs & Disability schools and specialist units in Suffolk.
I am pleased to say that this plan is going to Cabinet during
April with a recommendation to proceed. Some
800 places in the county to provide pupils the support they need locally will
be a leap forward.
Less welcome is the news emerging from the cross party Policy
Development Panel on the Family Services.
Regrettably this panel appears to be pushed in the direction of
significant cuts. The proposals are
secret at the moment, and I can’t report how accurate the leaks in the press
are. However, this looks like an attack
on a successful service that has great value.