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Yorkshire MP Praises BlueFish Masterplan

Jul 14, 2011

BlueFish Regeneration has joined forces to create a masterplan for the next 10 years in association with Aberford and District Parish Council in West Yorkshire



BlueFish Regeneration is celebrating the launch of a pioneering masterplan that could help revitalise rural communities and will improve the lives of residents in a village east of Leeds, and drawn praise from the local MP.


Produced in partnership with Aberford Parish Council, the BlueFish plan drew on consultation with over 250 local people who identified a range of projects aimed at creating better opportunities for people living and working in the Parish. The consultation also revealed that traffic, motorway noise and a lack of sports and young people's facilities were a cause for concern locally.


The regeneration consultancy's plan sets out a new vision for Aberford that aims to provide "opportunity for all to live, work and play, in an environment which is safe, healthy and attractive".


The plan features a series of project ideas for the community, including revitalising Aberford village hall to incorporate flexible business space for co-working; addressing the need for high-speed broadband connectivity for residents and businesses; and new plans for high-quality recreation spaces for young people.


Imelda Havers, managing director of BlueFish Regeneration said: "It's heartening that a rural area has undertaken this pioneering scheme, which will shape the vision for this historic rural village until 2020. This is the coalition government's Big Society in action."


She added: "Although Aberford is fairly small and rural in nature, it forms an important part of the Leeds metropolitan area because of its proximity to the A1(M) and M1 motorways. The enthusiastic community input reflects the strong desire to create something that will retain its own distinctive character."


Local Conservative MP Alec Shelbrooke said that the plan was a testament to the hard work of so many members of the community and showed a clear and ambitious way forward for Aberford in years to come. He said: "I will be taking this plan back to colleagues in Westminster and in particular for Bob Neill, Minister for Communities and Local Government, to show how communities are taking charge of their affairs in a positive and forward-thinking manner".


BlueFish is currently undertaking a feasibility study, taking forward a priority project in the masterplan to transform Aberford Village Hall into a business and community centre.






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