Thurston and Haughley Neighbourhood Plans adopted by Mid Suffolk District Council
Thurston and Haughley’s Neighbourhood Plans have been adopted by Mid Suffolk District Council, meaning they will be used to help decide future planning applications.
The district council voted at its full meeting on Thursday to adopt both plans, meaning they will become part of the district’s development plan up to 2036.
Each village held referenda on the plans. In Haughley, 88 per cent of those who voted on August 29 were in favour of adopting the plan. In Thurston, more than 95 per cent of the votes cast on September 12 supported the village’s Neighbourhood Plan.
Neighbourhood Plans set out a vision for development in ways that meet identified local need.
Unlike more traditional types of plans or statements produced by town or parish councils, a Neighbourhood Plan has statutory weight and status: it will become part of the district’s development plan and will be used when determining planning applications.
Christopher Dashper, Thurston Parish Council chairman, said the result showed the people of Thurston really cared about the future of their village and wanted their views to be taken into account when planning applications were being considered.
He added that the decision was the culmination of a process that started in 2014.
Cllr David Burn, Mid Suffolk District Council cabinet member for planning, said: “With increased housebuilding a key government priority, Neighbourhood Plans become an ever more important way for people to shape how their communities grow.
“I am very pleased to see Haughley and Thurston complete their plans and I was very happy to bring them to Mid Suffolk Council for adoption.
“Congratulations to both Neighbourhood Plan Teams: the commitment and energy involved in drawing up these plans cannot be underestimated and show just how special these places are to their communities.”