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Neighbourhood Plan

Thurston is one of the villages which Mid Suffolk has identified as being under development pressure and whether we like it or not that pressure is likely to increase over time.

Thurston Parish Council believed that it was in the interests of the community as a whole to recognise this fact and 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 prospetive developers when making planning applicantions for new development.

If done in a timely manner, 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 and even grant planing permission for the new buildings they want to see go ahead.

These are some of the things a Neighbourhood Plan can consider:

  • is there an appropriate mix of market and affordable housing?
  • is there sufficient housing for all ages within the communit?
  • is there sufficient local employment?
  • should more employment opportunities be encouraged in or close to the village?
  • can the existing roads and parking places cope with more growth?
  • what should new buildings look like?
  • how should we preserve and protect the rural, environmental and historic areas of the village?

Please visit these pages for updates on the progess of the plan.


Stages in producing a Neighbourhood Plan

For a copy of the stages of the production of Thurston's Neighbourhood Plan please download the document below