The Parish Council and Neighbourhood Plan Team would like to thank all of those who provided a comment or response to the Pre-Submission Consultation on the draft Thurston Neighbourhood Plan (NPD) which took place between 9th July and 31st August (Inclusive) 2018.
The Neighbourhood Planning Regulations required the proposed plan to be the subject of a 6-week (minimum) consultation before it is submitted to the local authority for independent examination.
The requirement includes the following:
To view a summary of the Submission Consultation Responses received along with action to be taken by the Neighbourhood Plan Team please click here to be redirected to the relevant page.
Thurston Parish Council continues to believe that it is in the interests of the community as a whole to recognise that Mid Suffolk has identified Thurston as being under development pressure and and that this pressure is likely to increase over time. It is also aware that whilst adopting a formal Neighbourhood Plan would involve significant costs and input from parishioners there would be significant benefits from doing so.
Neighbourhood Plans, once adopted, are a recognised part of the National Planning Policy Framework and cannot be ignored by prospective developers when making planning applications for new development.
Neighbourhood Planning gives communities direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area. They are able to choose where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built, have a greater say on what those buildings should look like and what infrastructure should be provided.
Despite Mid Suffolk approving applications to build over 800 homes in Thurston in November 2017, developing the Neighbourhood Plan can still help the residents of Thurston play a greater role in determining the future of their area. As has been stated many times before, a Neighbourhood Plan is not a tool to stop development where such development is already included in the Core Strategy/Local Plan but is a tool to give residents of Thurston the opportunity to shape what that planned growth will look like in terms of type of dwellings, tenure, landscaping and materials to be used.