'Working for the conservation and preservation of Thorpe's woodlands as a haven for wildlife and a green space for the local community'.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Thorpe Woods Consultation - What to Expect

We have just received further details from Broadland District Council which explain in greater detail the form the consultation will take when it commences on the 18th March:

The consultation itself will be publicised in a number of ways. The spring edition of Broadland News, which goes to every household in Broadland will carry a double page article about the consultation and how to respond, we will notify by email/letter all those members of the public who have registered interest in receiving information about the AAP, we will be publicising through our website and through parish magazines/newsletters in the area, and we will be submitting a press release to the EDP/Evening News.

We intend to run three types of public events in support of this consultation: a series of 3 workshops, similar to those in 2011, but focussing on the consultation document; a series of drop in sessions where the public can come and talk to an officer about the consultation; and, static displays at the Sprowston, Thorpe and Old Catton town/parish council offices. Our intention is that the static displays will be unstaffed on non-drop in session days but will still be open to the public. The workshops will be help in Thorpe End, Sprowston and Rackheath. The drop in sessions will be in Thorpe, Sprowston, Old Catton & Rackheath.

Hard copies of the consultation documents will be available to view either at Broadland’s offices, at the static display sites or at the libraries around the district. Digital copies will be available either through the Council’s website or via our online consultation website. We would not as a matter of course send out hard copy materials. As you can appreciate this would be very costly. However, in exceptional circumstances, where someone genuinely cannot access the consultation material in one of the aforementioned ways, we will provide a CD of the documents or a hard copy of the documents themselves.

The public can respond directly to the consultation in one of two main ways: either through the online consultation website or by letter/e-mail, to which end hard copy response forms will be available either at the static display sites, libraries or can be downloaded through Broadland’s website. 

If you have any questions concerning the consultation or would like to help with leafleting etc. once it has started please contact the Friends at the following email:-lornacbeckett@yahoo.co.uk.

Monday, 11 February 2013

Woods Consultation Update – Consultation to be published 18th March

The Broadland District Council consultation which will decide the fate of Thorpe Woods for the next 15 to 20 years will be released on the 18th March.


As can be seen from the following detail taken from the consultation the woods have been identified as area which may be suitable for development or retention as an open space.

The consultation will run for a period of 12 weeks and during that time you will have the chance to make clear that you want the woods to be saved from development and preserved as a greenspace for future generations.

As soon as the consultation is published we will be contacting everybody who has been in contact with us ,including exisiting members of the Friends of Thorpe Woodlands, to explain how they can respond to the consultation.

If you would like to help or would like to join the Friends please contact us at the following email address:


You will soon have a chance to make a difference and save these wonderful woods  from the threat of destruction. 

Please watch this space for more information.