The Thurston Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) has been prepared by the Parish Council and local community and will now be used to help guide and shape future development in the parish.
Local Referendum (Thursday 12 September 2019)
A local referendum was held on Thursday 12 September 2019 to decide if the Thurston NDP should become part of this Councils Development Plan. The question asked of those entitled to vote was: "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 Referendum result was declared on Friday 13 September - it being a majority 'yes' vote in favour of adoption.
A report will now go to Full Council on 24 October 2019 recommending that the Thurston NDP be formally 'made' (adopted).
Previous stages ...
Reg 17 Independent Examination (Final Report April 2019)
Mid Suffolk District Council appointed Janet Cheesley BA (Hons) DipTP MRTPI to carry out an independent examination of the Thurston NDP. The examination was conducted through written correspondence. On the 15 April, the Examiner issued her final report. It recommends that, subject to modification, the Thurston NDP meets the basic conditions and that it proceed to a local referendum.
A report on the above went to Mid Suffolk Cabinet on 12 June 2019. National Planning Guidance also provides advice on the weight to be attached to a post-examination draft NDP.
Reg 16 Submission Consultation (21 Jan – 6 Mar 2019)
In accordance with Regulation 16 of The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations, 2012 (as amended) the District Council undertook formal consultation on the content of the Thurston NDP to see if it fulfils the Basic Conditions as required by Paragraph 8(1)(a)(2) of Schedule 4B of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (inserted by the Localism Act 2011). The consultation period ran from 21 January to 6 March 2019.
Thurston Parish Council (the qualifying body) had formally submitted the following documents:
An assessment as to whether the Thurston NDP fulfils the Basic Conditions will be undertaken by an Independent Examiner (see above). A check was undertaken to confirm that the relevant requirements had been met at this stage. View the Regulation 15 Checklist
Respondents were also reminded that their comments would be forwarded to the Independent Examiner and, with the exception of personal contact details, would be published on this website.
SEA / HRA Screening & Determination (Oct 2018)
The Pre-submission draft version of the NDP was assessed to determine whether a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and/or a Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) were required. The outcome of this exercise was that the need for an SEA Scoping Report and the need for an HRA Scoping Report were both 'screened-out'. A copy of the relevant reports and Notices of Determination are published below:
Reg 14 Pre-submission Consultation (9 July - 31 Aug 2018)
Pre-submission consultation on the draft Thurston NDP was undertaken between 9 July and 31 August 2018. See the Parish Council website for more details.
Area Designation (2 Sept 2013)