We have now received the final Examiners Report, which is displayed on the Examination webpage. This concludes the examination which means the Thornbury Neighbourhood Plan has passed examination with suggested modifications. These changes are minor, and are being incorporated.
South Gloucestershire Council will now need to make a formal decision to take the plan forward to referendum. Once this decision has been made they will then need to arrange for the referendum to take place.
Following the formal consultation carried out by South Gloucestershire, the plan and supporting documents has now been forwarded to the independent inspector for examination.
Unfortunately the library and Town Hall have closed until further notice. Please use the online Plan and survey to respond the consultation.
Currently there are exhibitions in the Town Hall and the library. The Town Hall and Library may be forced to close. The planned exhibition in the Cossham Hall on Saturday 21st March has been cancelled. The stalls planned for 28th March and 18th April have also been cancelled.
We will continue to update this website, Facebook and Twitter and provide information in the local press during the consultation period.
Please use these links to read the Plan and respond via the survey if you have not already done so.
Just to let you know we’ve now got a Twitter Account called @PlanThornbury. We plan to announce key events to communicate the plan as well point you to different aspects of the plan for your comment. Enjoy!
In preparation for the Consultation we got news from South Gloucestershire Council that a full Strategic Environment Assessment is not required. That’s great news because it means we can now ramp up our communications. Thanks for viewing.
After informal review by SGC the updated draft of the Neighbourhood Plan has been completed and formally submitted for what is called a Screening Opinion. This determines whether a Strategic Environment Assessment (SEA) is required before the plan goes to the next formal stage of consultation and review. An SEA would be required if SGC determine the policies proposed in the NP would have a significant environmental impact. We’ll get an answer to that hopefully by the end of November. All being well (and we don’t need one) we’ll publish the draft plan on this website ready to start formal consultation early in the new year.
More news when we receive the Screening Opinion.
We have written a draft Vision and some draft Objectives for Thornbury for the next 18 years, and we would like to know what you think of them. Does this sound like the kind of place you would like to live? Have we missed out anything important? To send your thoughts, email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is the Vision:
“Thornbury will retain its market town and historic character and its sense of community. It will keep and expand its green spaces, streamside walks, connections with nature and access to the countryside. It will be resilient to climate change and will provide well planned, high quality, sustainable and affordable homes. It will support the prosperity and wellbeing of its residents by providing a vibrant town centre, quality local jobs, a good choice of retail and employment facilities and appropriate services.”
Here are the Objectives:
• “Preserve its unique character and historic identity and rural separation through well planned holistic high quality placemaking and design.Provide high quality, well designed, affordable, tenure-blind sustainable housing thate meets the needs of people of all ages.
• “Support a vibrant, unique and historic town centre with mixed retail, business and residential facilities and a thriving economy that provides jobs for local people to enable them to work where they live.
• “Support the timely provision of appropriate services, infrastructure and community facilities to meet the needs of a growing population.
• “Be resilient to climate change, support and protect the natural environment through sustainable development and strengthen its sense of community, creating connections to enhance integration between existing and new developments.
• “Promote active, smarter and sustainable ways of getting around, establishing appropriate transport infrastructure to support population growth, developingthe network of paths and cycleways and green corridors.”
The team working on the Thornbury Neighbourhood Plan has now produced a first draft. We are not happy with it yet, so we have more work to do. When the Plan is completed and reviewed by the team it will say what sort of housing and other buildings we want in the next 20 years or so. We expect to finish this in the next few months, and we will then ask everyone in Thornbury to tell us what you think of it.
530 people responded to the survey in January and February asking about the future of Thornbury. Thank you to everyone who took the time to fill it in. In the spring we carefully looked through all the survey responses and with so many quality responses that was no mean task!. The Survey Results Report can be seen by clicking on Documents on the Thornbury Neighbourhood Plan website at www.thornburyplan.co.uk.
This site will be regularly updated with information and resources relating to the progression of the Thornbury Neighbourhood Plan.
Please forgive us while the site is in its formative stages, as we will be developing the site to include a full calendar of previous and upcoming events relating to the plan, as well as repository for documents and sources.