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Thurston Neighbourhood Plan

Thurston’s Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) is at its next stage - The Referendum - which will take place on Thursday 12 September 2019 between 7.00am and 10.00pm. The polling station will be the New Green Centre. 

The question that will be asked of those entitled to vote is:

"Do you want Mid Suffolk District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Thurston to help it decide planning applications in the Neighbourhood Plan Area?"

The District Council's decision that the Thurston NDP, as modified to incorporate the Examiner's Recommendations, should proceed to referendum is published below.

The decision, along with the Information Statement and the final version of the Plan are detailed below.

When approved by referendum by voters in Thurston, the Thurston NDP will form part of the Mid Suffolk area development plan and will sit alongside Mid Suffolk District Council’s plans for development. Decisions on future planning applications in Thurston will be made using the Thurston NDP, Mid Suffolk’s plans, and any other material considerations. The NDP will put in place policies that will help deliver that vision. 

We know that there will be development in Thurston over the lifetime of the plan but any future growth in Thurston will need to address clearly identified housing needs and the unchecked sprawl of Thurston with the loss of high value farmland will not be supported.

The key benefits of the Thurston Neighbourhood Development Plan are:

It sets out a vision for Thurston in 2036, what we want our village to be like

It includes policies for Thurston on:

  • Spatial Strategy: where any new development in the long term should take place and views on what it should and should not be

  • Meeting housing needs, including for current village residents

  • Meeting specialist care needs for older people

  • Retaining and enhancing Thurston’s character in the design of buildings and any development

  • The provision of community facilities

  • The provision of safe walking and cycle routes

  • Highway capacity at key junctions

  • Parking provision

  • Landscaping and environmental features

  • Local Green Spaces like New Green, the Recreation Field and particular open spaces in housing areas.

Please support the Thurston Neighbourhood Development Plan at referendum on 12 September 2019.

A summary of the policies contained within the Neighbourhood Development Plan will be coming through your door later in August, but if you require further information in the meantime please do not hesitate to contact the Parish Council Office on 01359 232854 on Wednesdays and Fridays between 12.00pm and 3.00pm.