Thorndon Neighbourhood Plan
The Thorndon Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) is being prepared by Thorndon Parish Council and the local community. When completed, it will be used to help guide and shape future development in the parish.
Reg 18 Decision Statement (27 May 2021)
On 7 December 2020, Mid Suffolk's Cabinet committee agreed that the Thorndon NDP should proceed to a local referendum. This was conditional on implementation of all the modifications set out in the Independent Examiner's Report.
Approval was also given for consultation to be carried out on a subsequent modification to the local green space policy in the NDP.
The decision that this NDP can now proceed to local referendum is belatedly confirmed through publication of the Decision Statement:
As soon as we are able to do so, we will publish the Referendum Version of the Thorndon NDP. Completing that task will also allow us to confirm a date for the referendum, subject to any new guidance linked to the Covid-19 emergency.
Consultation on modification to Local Green Space Policy THN 11 (Decision - 27 May 2021)
Between 17 February and 1 April 2021, post-examination consultation was carried out on a further modification to the Local Green Space policy in the NDP. Details were set out in the consultation letter.
Written representations were received from six organisations. Only one raised an objection to the proposed amendment. Mid Suffolk District Council's response, and copies of all the representations are published below:
- Read the Local Green Space Mods Decision Statement (May 2021)
- Read the Consultation Letter (17 Feb 2021)
In summary, no further modification other than that already set out, is proposed.
Reg 17 Independent Examination (Final Report dated 21 Sept 2020)
Mid Suffolk District Council appointed Janet Cheesley BA (Hons) DipTP MRTPI to carry out an independent examination of the Thorndon NDP. The examination was conducted through written correspondence.
On 21 September 2020, the Examiner issued her final report. It recommends that, subject to modification, the Thorndon NDP meets the basic conditions and should proceed to a local referendum.
Planning Practice Guidance also provides advice on the weight to be attached to a post-examination plan.
Reg 16 Submission Consultation (22 June 2020 – 14 Aug 2020)
The district council undertook formal consultation on the submitted NDP to see if it fulfils the Basic Conditions set out in the Town & Country Planning Act 1990.
The consultation was carried out in accordance with Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations 2012 (as amended). The consultation period ran from 22 June to 14 August 2020.
The parish council (the qualifying body) had formally submitted the following documents:
- A map identifying the proposed NDP area
- The submission draft Thorndon NDP (Jun 2020)
- A Consultation Statement
- A Basic Conditions Statement
- A copy of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Determination Notice
- A copy of the Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA) Determination Notice
- A list of other Supporting Documents
An assessment as to whether this NDP fulfils the basic conditions will be undertaken by an Independent Examiner. An initial check was carried out to confirm that the relevant requirements had been met at this stage. View the Reg 15 Checklist
Respondents were reminded that their comments would be forwarded to the Independent Examiner and (with the exception of personal details) published on this website.
SEA/HRA Screening & Determination (May 2020)
The Pre-submission draft NDP was screened to determine if an SEA and/or an HRA were needed. Both were 'screened-out'. The relevant reports and determination notices are published below:
- Thorndon NDP SEA Screening Report (Land Use Consultants, Mar 2020)
- Thorndon NDP SEA Determination Notice (May 2020)
- Thorndon NDP HRA Screening Report (Place Services, Mar 2020)
- Thorndon NDP HRA Determination Notice (May 2020)