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Neighbourhood Plan

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.

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 runs 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.

Link to Draft Neighbourhood Plan

Online Comments Form

Download Comments Form

A consultation launch Drop-in event will be held at Thorndon Village Hall on Saturday 15th February 2020 between 10am and 3pm. The display boards for the event may be viewed here.

Copies of the draft Neighbourhood Plan can be also be viewed during the consultation period at the ‘T Plus’ Thorndon Church Cafe on Tuesdays between 10 am and 12 noon

Also during the consultation period copies of the draft plan can be borrowed from the Thorndon Community Shop, Please contact the shop on 01379 678291 to reserve a copy.  

Following the completion of the consultation, we will review comments received, 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.

Previous Stages

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.

Future Stages

3 – Submission of Plan to Mid Suffolk District Council (May 2020)

4 – Submission Consultation by Mid Suffolk District Council (estimated May 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:

Mid Suffolk District Council

Locality Neighbourhood Planning Support

Government Planning Guidance