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Neighbourhood Plan Consultation


The Neighbourhood Planning Regulations require 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:

  • publicise the plan in a manner which brings it to the attention of people who live, work or run businesses in the neighbourhood area. This should include details of the proposed Neighbourhood Plan, details of where and when it may be viewed, details on how to make comments on the plan and the date by which comments must be received (at least 6 weeks from the date on which it is first publicised).
  • consult statutory consultation bodies whose interests may be affected by the plan.
  • send a copy of the proposed plan to the local authority.

Any comments received will be considered and, where necessary, the proposed Neighbourhood Plan will be amended.

ConsultationThe public consultation on the Thurston Draft Neighbourhood Plan will commence on Monday 9th July and end at 5pm on Friday 31st August 2018.  

Copies of the full version of the Neighbourhood Plan will be available for everyone who would like one and will be available from the Parish Council Office and the Community Library during opening hours.

The full version of the Neighbourhood Plan is available to download by clicking here. (Please note that this is a compressed file due to its large size).

A copy of the summary booklet as delivered to all residents is available to download by clicking here. (Please note this is a compressed file due to its size)

PC Office2There will be ‘surgeries’ at the Parish Council Office that you can attend at the times shown below where you can seek more information or make your views known. Members of the Neighbourhood Plan Team will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have. Details of the other documents that make up the Neighbourhood Plan will also be available to view. 

Friday 13 July 10.00am to 12.00pm Tuesday 17 July 2.00pm to 6.00pm Friday 20 July 10.00am to 2.00pm
Tuesday 24 July 2.00pm to 6.00pm Saturday 28 July 10.00am to 12.00pm Friday  August 12.00pm to 4.00pm
Tuesday 7 August 4.00pm to 6.00pm Saturday 18 August 2.00pm to 4.00pm Friday 24 August 10.00am to 2.00pm

PCPlease submit your views and comments on the Draft Plan by one of the following methods:

  • in writing to Mrs Vicky Waples, Parish Clerk, Thurston Parish Council, Parish Council Office, New Green Centre, Thurston, Suffolk, IP31 3TG
  • in person at one of the the Parish Council Surgeries
  • via email to the Parish Council:
  • via email direct to the Thurston Neighbourhood Plan Team: 


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.



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