Neighbourhood plan for Thornbury needs input from residents

August 24 2017

A BLUEPRINT is being developed for Thornbury that will shape the future of the town for the next 20 years.

A BLUEPRINT is being developed for Thornbury that will shape the future of the town for the next 20 years.

The neighbourhood plan will give local people the chance to have a say on where new homes, schools and businesses should be built, how they should look and what services are needed to support them. 

The document, once adopted, will carry legal weight and must be considered by South Gloucestershire planners when deciding planning applications. 

The town council is behind the plan and it said to be a success, it needed local people to think about how they would like Thornbury to grow and develop.

However, it cannot be used to block developments already allocated to the area. 

The council said without a plan in place, local people would have no control over the location or type of new developments and how they related to the existing community.   

Tricia Hillier, chairwoman of the plan steering group, said: “Thornbury has always been a special place with a kind and welcoming community and a lovely environment. 

“We want to make sure that as the town grows and develops we keep this community spirit and identity while maintaining and improving our environment.

“That is why it is so important that we gather as many views as we can from local people on how we can achieve this to make sure that the plan we develop is one that has our community’s wishes at its heart.

“We ask everyone to think about this most important of issues that will affect them and their families for generations.”

Town mayor Helen Harrison said: “We know there has been some concern raised about the level and pace of new developments and how they impact upon us all. This plan will help us to influence and shape how new development happens and to address these concerns.”

During the coming months there will be a number of events in the Thornbury area to give people an opportunity to provide feedback to the steering group. 

Further information about the process, ways to comment and consultation events are available from www.facebook.com/thornburyneighbourhoodplan/, by emailing info@thornburytowncouncil.gov.uk or phoning 01454 412103.