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Character Assessment

The Thurston Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group have undertaken a character assessment of seven areas within the built up area settlement boundary of Thurston which will help inform and support the development of policies for the Thurston Neighbourhood Plan.

A key part of any character assessment preparation process is the identification and recording of the key characteristics of particular areas. To ensure that the document was produced in an objective and structured manner, reference was made to Planning Aid England's Guide to "Character Assessment - pro forma notes Putting the pieces together" which covered 

  • what a character assessment is
  • the benefits of completing a character assessment
  • how to complete a character assessment
  • how to use the character assessment within your neighbourhood plan.

For more information on Planning Aid's Guide 'How to prepare a character assessment to support design policy within a neighbourhood plan' please click here to download the file.

To view the Thurston Character Assessment prepared by the Thurston Neighbourhood Steering Group please download the document by clicking here.

Hard copies of the assessment are also available to view at the following places during respective opening hours:

  • Parish Council Offices, New Green Centre
  • Thurston Community Library on Norton Road
  • Thurst Café in the New Green Centre
  • Thurston Butchers on School Road
  • Fox and Hounds Public House on Barton Road

We would please encourage you to read the document and answer the 2 questions: 

1. Are the Character Assessments correct? YES or NO

2. If they are not correct, what is wrong?

Please respond using the forms at one of the above locations or download the form here, complete and save to your computer and send as an attachment to an email to the Clerk to the Parish Council at the following email address:




All responses must be submitted by 5.00pm on 30th November 2017 30 Nov 17       


For ease the documents are also reprinted below