At the July 2016 Parish Council Meeting it was agreed that a plan should be created and to this end a Community Survey was to be undertaken to ascertain their views on how the village should be developed into the future The survey was undertaken during September and a Planning Committee was established to direct the process, their Terms of Reference can be viewed here.
Submission of Plan to Mid Suffolk District Council
On 5 June 2020 the Parish Council submitted the Neighbourhood Plan, together with the Consultation Statement and Basic Conditions Statement, to Mid Suffolk District Council. They will check that the Plan and the associated documents are legally compliant before undertaking a further consultation. The dates of this consultation will be advised in due course.
To view the submitted document please click on the title.
Mid Suffolk District Council have screened the Plan to determine whether it needs a Strategic Environmental Assessment or Habitats Regulations Assessment. In both instances it was concluded that an Assessment was not needed and the determination is on their website - link to Screening Opinion (March 2020)
The Neighbourhood Plan preparation process includes a number of stages that have to be completed before the Plan is adopted. These are:
Stage 1 Designation of Neighbourhood Area
The Neighbourhood Plan Area, covering the whole of the parish, was designated Mid Suffolk District Council on 16th October 2017. The area involved in the Neighbourhood Plan is the whole of the Parish of Thorndon as shown on the Neighbourhood Area Map.
Stage 2 Information Gathering
To provide a sound evidence base for the Plan, the Planning Committee have commissioned surveys and the preparation of background “evidence” documents to support the policies in the Plan. These can be found here
A drop-in event was held in May 2019 seek views in various elements of the proposed plan, the display boards of that event and the results can be viewed here.
Stage 3 Pre-Submission Consultation on Draft Neighbourhood Plan
We have now reached the Pre-Submission Consultation Stage which is a statutory requirement of the planning process. The consultation ran from Saturday 15th February 2020 to Monday 30th March 2020 (inclusive). The draft Neighbourhood Plan document can be downloaded below.
We would welcome your comments, the value of which cannot be overstated, if we wish to have a plan which all can support. These can be submitted online or by completing the form below and returning it as instructed on the form. Comments must be received by Monday 30th March 2020.
A consultation launch Drop-in event was held at Thorndon Village Hall on Saturday 15th February 2020 between 10am and 3pm. The display boards for the event may be viewed here.
We are now reviewing all comments received and will make any necessary amendments to the Plan and then submit it to Mid Suffolk District Council in order that it can proceed to examination and Parish referendum later this year. Mid Suffolk will carry out a further consultation and details of that will be available here when the dates and details are known.
4 – Submission Consultation by Mid Suffolk District Council (estimated June 2020)
5 – Independent Examination of Plan (estimated July 2020)
6 – Village Referendum (estimated September/October 2020)
7 – Making (adoption) of Plan by Mid Suffolk District Council (late 2020)
More information about Neighbourhood Plans can be found from the following resources: