Client: Thame Town Council
The Thame Neighbourhood Plan is the first Neighbourhood Plan that allocates sites to go forward for Examination. Tibbalds led the production of the Plan, working closely with Thame Town Council and consultation specialist Jeff Bishop.
The Council wanted to take control of the future of its town, and saw the Localism Act’s Neighbourhood Plans as the ideal vehicle. The key issue was challenging South Oxfordshire District Council’s Core Strategy allocation of 600 homes – Thame’s residents wanted to make the decision of where new homes should go themselves.
The final Examination into the Core Strategy came early in the process. Although the Plan itself had not yet been developed, the robustness of the consultation to date convinced the Inspector to remove the spatial allocation from the Core Strategy and hand responsibility to Thame – a major victory and a vindication of the Neighbourhood Planning process.
The Thame Neighbourhood Plan is ambitious: It not only allocates land for housing, but also plans for retail growth to support the town centre and proposes a ‘Green Living Plan’ to make the town a more sustainable place.
Winner in the Innovative Plan Making category of RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2013.