Introduced as part of the Localism Act 2011, neighbourhood planning gives the Thornbury community direct power to develop a shared vision our town, and shape the development and growth of our local area. The Thornbury Neighbourhood Plan (hereafter referred to as the TNP) gives us the power to influence the future development, regeneration and conservation of Thornbury. It’s about the use and development of land and may contain a vision, aims, planning policies and proposals for improving our area. The TNP provides a powerful set of tools for us to ensure that the community gets the right types of development, where the ambition of Thornbury is aligned with the strategic needs and priorities of the wider local area.
Legislatively the Plan will sit alongside the existing local plan, and only sit below the Joint Spatial Plan for the West of England and the Core Strategy as set out by the South Glouscestershire Council. A further benefit is the extra 25% of the revenues Thornbury will receive from the community Infrastructure Levy arising from the development that takes place in the area. As such, this gives us the opportunity to define the policies and vision which all future development in the town must adhere to over the next 20 years, keeping our unique market town aesthetic and community spirit alive.
The project will have several stages of consultation, discussion, and draft policy writing before it goes to a local referendum. If the the policy receives a simple majority at referendum (i.e. more people vote in favour of the policies set forth in the TNP than against), then the land use policies contained within it become enshrined in law, and will constrain all future development in Thornbury.
The Thornbury Steering committee first met in June 2017, after a collection of consultations with the community. It is composed entirely of volunteers from the Thornbury community, with the exception of the town clerk and a collection of Councillors. Currently the steering committee is open to anyone who wishes to join, and we also have a set of volunteers to undertake the various research and and general working roles needed to shape our TNP. We encourage everyone who would like to volunteer in the long term to join us at these sessions, as we need local passion and expertise to complete this ambitious and worthwhile project.
If you want to contact the project directly or are excited to get involved, please either go to our contact us page, or join us at a steering group meeting.