Thruxton Parish Council
THRUXTON PARISH NDP UPDATE
YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN NEEDS YOU
Formal Consultation on the draft Thruxton Parish Neighbourhood Plan starts Monday 16th April 2018 and continues until 4th June 2018. This is your opportunity to feedback on the work that has been done over the last 2 years by the Steering Group.
The draft plan along with all of the evidence base is set out on the following page.
It is a long document and will take a little time to go through. Please do read it and respond. We really want everyone to participate so we can include your views.
The Consultation Form is attached below and everyone is encouraged to respond. Please download extra copies as required. Responses are not restricted to one per household.
There will be a presentation in the War Memorial Hall on the 20th April at 6pm and repeated at 8pm. Copies of the plan will be available and wine/soft drinks and nibbles will be provided.
This will be repeated with a further opportunity to review paper copies of the plan on the 20th May a week before the Consultation period ends.
What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
A Neighbourhood Plan is a new way for local people to influence the planning and development of the area in which they live and work. After a public meetings and a very helpful talk from an officer from TVBC (also well attended) the Parish Council determined that a neighbourhood Plan would be appropriate for the Parish …not just Thruxton Village. Ours will cover the next 15 years to align with TVBC’s Local Plan.
A neighbourhood plan
- Should develop a shared vision for a settlement, village or town
- Can choose where new homes, shops, offices and other development should be built.
- Will influence how much housing should be built, and of what type.
- Can identify and protect important local green spaces or other treasured assets.
Once approved, our plan will have legal force in setting out what development is acceptable in our Parish and for what reasons. Developers and local authority planners will have to take notice of it. Without a Neighbourhood Plan, we will have little control over any development that takes place and will receive less community funds from any development that does take place.
We can influence development, not stop it altogether.
You have seen the news. You know that there is a housing shortage in the South of England and that the government requires development to take place. This means that some new housing may be built in the Parish in the future. TVBC has established that there is need for 648 new houses to be built in “Rural Northern Test Valley” by 2029 – we are part of that area. Our Neighbourhood Plan must comply with Test Valley Borough Council’s (TVBC) Local Plan and the government’s wider policy of sustainable development.
Having a Neighbourhood Plan in place will help us ensure that any new housing/development is suitable for the Parish and meets the needs of our area. It will also help us to identify the facilities and services that need to be in place to meet the demands that any new housing will make upon our community. We are able to say where any new development should go, but that may be for a later time.
The Neighbourhood Plan will take time to prepare and parishioners will be consulted at points throughout the process. The final draft of the plan is examined by an independent inspector and a referendum has to be held on whether to adopt the final plan that is prepared.
We are a small Parish and may be quicker than many, but it can still take some time.
What is really important is that we all get involved. Please do read about what is happening in the Thruxton Times and on the website, attend any presentations in the hall and please do vote when the time comes. Please also respect other people’s opinions - we know that these can be divisive issues and there will be a range of opinions.
This website page will be kept up to date so that you know what is happening.