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BlueFish Regeneration to help West Yorkshire rural town deliver “Big Society” ambition

Dec 02, 2010

BlueFish Regeneration has been chosen to work with Aberford to create a master plan for future development

A new Master Plan for the village of Aberford in West Yorkshire has been applauded for reflecting the coalition government's vision for a "Big Society" where communities help to shape future developments in their towns and villages.     

 Aberford MP Alec Shelbrooke and Cllr Matthew Robinson from Leeds City Council recently joined Aberford & District Parish Council and a large number of residents from Aberford to launch the start of the Master Plan. It is hoped the plan will be a blueprint for small rural villages and towns UK wide to breathe new life into their communities.  

 York-based regeneration consultancy BlueFish Regeneration has been commissioned by the Parish Council to draw up the Master Plan which will be developed over the coming months.

BlueFish Regeneration managing director Imelda Havers said "The comments from the community were extremely positive and valuable - as was their commitment to helping to bring this plan to fruition. There was a real buzz at the launch event and we have had well in excess of 100 completed questionnaires returned giving invaluable feedback for the Master Plan."

"It was also motivating to hear Alec Shelbrooke MP and Cllr Robinson liken the Master Plan to building a "Big Society" that empowers local people and gives communities a greater say over their local planning system and services." 

Aberford & District Parish Council is spearheading the project and it is hoped that the Master Plan will be completed by early in 2011. 

Parish Councillor David Gluck, who chairs the council's project management group said "We are delighted with the strong turnout and with the community's buy in. This vibrant and formative scheme will realise the collective vision for this historic rural village to retain its distinctive character as it seeks to grow and prosper over the coming decade."


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