A masterplan to transform a market town in East Cambridgeshire has been given the go-ahead approved by local councillors.
The Littleport Vision 2030, which aims to make the area healthy, thriving and prosperous by investing in jobs, homes and skills, and identifying improvements to the town centre and the creation of a station gateway was approved by members of the East Cambridgeshire District Council (ECDC) finance and assets committee on Thursday.
ECDC is working with the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) to produce a new growth plan for every market town which will help them become, and remain, vibrant and thriving places.
Within the document are proposals for an Eco Business Park, which would create 400 jobs in up to 30 new businesses, and the A10 roundabout project which would comprise of 30 new business units, create more than 500 jobs and 250 homes including affordable housing. The two proposed developments will cost around £3.5million in total.
Councillor David Ambrose Smith, ward member for Littleport and Chairman of Operational Services Committee at East Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “The council is committed to enhancing Littleport and creating a town centre that drives growth, ensures future sustainability and improves opportunities for the people of Littleport to work nearer to home.
“Littleport is a small market town but both it, and the surrounding area, is growing fast.
“The town needs investment to make it a vibrant and attractive place in which to work and live.
“We are pleased to approve the Littleport Vision 2030 plan which we hope will attract financial investment to make these proposals become a reality.”
Proposals include a feasibility study to develop initial ideas for the development of Littleport station gateway area as a mixed live/work hub.
The document also suggests further work to look at options for the future of Littleport town centre, a business growth zone along the A10 and the creation of a country park.
Another plan is to improve digital connectivity with higher speed internet connections which would attract businesses and encourage home working in Littleport and provide free town centre Wi-Fi.
The Littleport Vision 2030 document will be presented to the CPCA board in November for adoption.