Thornbury Neighbourhood Plan approved in vote

April 29 2022
Thornbury Neighbourhood Plan approved in vote

THORNBURY'S Neighbourhood Plan has been approved in a referendum of the town's residents.

A referendum held on March 31 saw a turnout of 2,363 residents - 21.5% of eligible voters.

Announcing the results, Thornbury Town Council said 89.97% had voted in favour.

A council spokesperson said: "After five years of diligent work by a group of volunteer residents, Thornbury voters have overwhelmingly supported the adoption of the Thornbury Neighbourhood plan. 

"The final stage in the lengthy journey is on May 18, when South Gloucestershire Council will consider whether to adopt the plan. 

"If adopted, the views of Thornbury residents will be taken into account in all future planning and development proposals affecting the parish.

"The implementation of the Neighbourhood Plan will provide a focus on the matters considered important to residents.

"The volunteer group is grateful for all the support provided by the town councillors and the former Town Clerk in developing the Plan."

Objectives outlined in the plan after a series of consultations, and supported in the referendum, include: 

*Preserving the towns "unique character and historic identity"

*Providing "high-quality, well designed, affordable, sustainable housing that meets the needs of people of all ages and which does not distinguish between owned or rented properties".

*Supporting a "vibrant, unique and historic town centre" with retail, business and residential facilities and a thriving economy that provides jobs for local people to enable them to work where they live".

"Supporting "appropriate services, infrastructure and community facilities to meet the needs of a growing population".

*Providing "resilience" to climate change, protecting the environment through sustainable development and creating connections to enhance integration between existing and new developments.

*Promoting "active, smarter and sustainable ways of getting around", with appropriate transport infrastructure to support population growth, including a network of paths, cycleways and green corridors.

For more details visit the Thornbury Neighbourhood Plan website.