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Standing in Dereham-Withburga ward: Philip MORTON

For the past 30 years I have worked in the agricultural supply chain linking farmers to food manufacturers in Norfolk, I have lived in Dereham for 25 years with my wife Brigitte raising a family of three and using all the facilities offered by the town.

During this time there have been considerable changes and this pace of change seems set to continue. My concerns are that the development of Dereham should benefit all parties rather than having this depend on a number of developers achieving a profitable return on a variety of individual sites.

New housing is needed to make rents and house prices more affordable but investment in the necessary infrastructure is needed to ensure education, health and transport services are all in place before extra pressure is placed on these already stretched resources.

I would seek to implement these priorities through the adoption of a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) for Dereham. An NDP encourages more consultation with all the local community empowering them to set priorities and take control at a local level.