The group's founder members met and worked together during a project to produce a Town Design Statement (TDS) for Downham Market.
This project - called Downham Market by Design - was initiated by Downham Market Town Council in 2005. It
was a response to the extent of new building in and around the town and it set out to document the character of the town's built environment. The aim was to provide support for local
planning guidance that could protect and enhance local distinctiveness. Documentation of the work done was published by the town council in 2007 and planning guidelines are being drafted
Although the project was overseen by the town council, the work was done through a series of public meetings and workshops, by a number of local working groups, and through a
public exhibition and survey. We enjoyed meeting and working with one another and other townspeople during this process. See full details here.
Our concerns about Downham Market and our interest in its future are much wider than planning issues alone. A few of us have therefore joined together to keep the momentum
generated by the Town Design Statement project going. Our group has a Constitution that affirms our wish to influence the future sustainability of the town by stimulating debate and participating in consultations
Our objectives are similar to those of Civic Societies in many towns across the country and, along with Downham Market and District Heritage
Society, we are working towards this status for a new combined group in Downham Market.
The current version of the Town Design Statement is available for downloading from
the Downham Market Town Council's Web site.
Publicising the Town Design Statement project
at the Downham Market Festival
Discussing planning concerns in the shopping centre
Public consultation included an exhibition and survey