Thame Neighbourhood Plan

Thame Neighbourhood Plan Made by South Oxfordshire District Council

The Thame Neighbourhood Plan was formally made part of the council's development plan by South Oxfordshire District Council on 18 July 2013. This follows the positive outcome of the referendum held on 2 May, where over 76% of those who voted were in favour of the plan. The formal decision statement as required under Neighbourhood Planning Regulations is included in the key documents set out below:

Referendum results

The plan was approved by an examiner. After reviewing the recommendations, we decided that it could move forward to a referendum, which took place on Thursday 2 May 2013. The referendum was successful. You can view the results on the council's Thame Neighbourhood Plan Referendum website which gives information such as voter breakdown and what the referendum question was.

Background to the Thame Neighbourhood Plan

Thame Town Council began the Neighbourhood Plan process in September 2011 and have worked hard to create a plan for the people of Thame. Community engagement has been a fundamental part of the process, and the plan is a true reflection of the intention behind the localism agenda.

The plan has just passed the examination stage, which means that an independent examiner is satisfied that the plan meets the basic conditions as set out in the Localism Act (2011). As part of this examination, a hearing was held in Thame town hall on 19 February 2013. This hearing was the first of its kind in the country and assisted the examiner in drawing his final conclusions.

If the plan successfully secures a yes vote at a referendum, it will be one of the first neighbourhood plans in the country to be ‘made’, meaning that it will carry significant weight when planning applications are being considered in the Thame Neighbourhood Area.

Examination hearing

After reviewing the submitted neighbourhood plan and representations received as part of the formal publication process, the examiner has decided to hold a public hearing. The details of the event are as follows:

Venue: Thame Town Hall

Date: 19 February 2013

Time: 12.00 noon onwards

Agenda: View the agenda (54.4 KB) PDF

The neighbourhood plan examination is very different to a Local Plan Examination – the examiner is only testing whether the plan meets the basic conditions and other relevant legal requirements – they are not testing the soundness of the plan or looking at other material considerations


Examiner information

The council appointed Mr Nigel McGurk, a highly qualified chartered town planner. He has achieved a BSc, a Master of Civic Design, an MBA and is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Mr McGurk is a Planning Inspector for PINS and is a Design Council CABE Built Environment expert. He is a Director of a planning consultancy and can draw on significant experience from previous roles as a local government planning officer and from senior positions in the private sector.

Previous publication documents

There are a range of consultation documents that are available to view as part of this consultation. These are as follows:

Supporting documents

You can view hard copies of the information by visiting the council offices, Thame library and Thame Information centre.

We have put together a guidance document to help you with your comments and provide some understanding of what the examiner will consider. This is available via the quick links to the right.

Please be aware that all comments will be publicly available to view.

Previous consultation

You can find details of their proposals by visiting their website.

We went out for a publication period on Thame's Neighbourhood Plan Area from 9 December 2011 until 27 January 2012. You can view the consultation statement for this below.

Following a Cabinet meeting on 12 April 2012, the cabinet voted to approve the neighbourhood plan area for the Thame Neighbourhood Plan.

You can view a copy of the proposed area below

Last reviewed: 27 - 11 - 2013

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