Thame Neighbourhood Plan Revision

Introduction

Since July 2013, the Thame Neighbourhood Plan (TNP) – the community’s vision for the future of the town – has been used to help guide the District Council in making their decisions on the majority of planning applications in Thame and Moreton. But many local people cannot afford to rent or buy a home where they have their roots. The town needs infrastructure, like more community meeting space, improved health facilities, and better means of getting around.

Initial work has been undertaken on potentially suitable sites for future development in Thame, including a public consultation that ended on 23 August 2021. The information gathered through this will influence the content of Thame’s Neighbourhood Plan revision.

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Key Documents

Site Selection Report

Thame Character Areas Report

Site Assessment Report

Site Assessment Table (July 2021)

Please note the Site Assessment Table has to many columns to comfortably fit onto a normal screen or sheet of paper.  Each site, therefore, appears 4 times within the table with different matters addressed each time.

Thame Neighbourhood Plan 2013 [PDF]

Progress Reports

Progress is also reported to the Neighbourhood Plan Continuity Committee every 6-weeks.

Housing Needs survey

Thame Town Council is renewing its Neighbourhood Plan (TNP2) and needs to undertake a Housing Survey.

House builders tell Thame Town Council that they want to provide homes for people living not just in Thame, but also in our surrounding communities. They say it is best to provide some types of housing within Thame, such as that built for older people, to make it easy for them to get to shops and other services.

We also think it is important that we provide homes that help keep families with a strong connection to Thame together. We are asking you to tell us of any needs for housing that you cannot find locally, no matter what your age or need. We will use the information you give us to help deliver homes aimed more at people from our own community.

We encourage all households to take part and complete the online survey by Wednesday 8 December 2021 using the link below.  You will be asked if you have a need for the following types of housing:
  • affordable housing
  • older peoples housing
  • other specialist housing.

 Housing Needs survey

Information about specialist housing choices for older people [PDF]

For queries on the survey please email Graeme Markland at: consultations@thametowncouncil.gov.uk, or for a paper copy of the survey, please call 01844 212833, or pick one up from the Information Centre in the Town Hall.

Consultation 1

2 August 2021 to 23 August 2021

This consultation explored people’s views on sites allocated for development as well as their views on the character of the area within which they live: what they considered to be positive features and qualities of the area, and what concerns they had, if any, about the impact of new development. Over 500 individuals, businesses and organisations submitted comments in response to the consultation. These views will help further develop our understanding of each area and how we can create policies that influence the delivery of good quality design.

Scroll through the consultation boards (to the right on laptops/PCs, or below on mobiles). You can click on the image to enlarge / download it. Alternatively, you can download PDF version of all the boards:

Consultation Boards [PDF]

Strategic Environmental Assessment 

Information coming soon.

Successes of the first TNP

Thame’s original Neighbourhood Plan was a success! The award winning plan has been widely praised for getting much right, first time. Among its successes are:
  • new employment and job opportunities
  • well designed and well linked housing estates
  • delivery of new pathways and open spaces
  • money sourced from developers towards the Town’s infrastructure, e.g. new and improved sport and leisure facilities

What’s changed?

Since the creation of the first Neighbourhood Plan there have been significant changes, including:
  • The District’s own Local Plan was adopted in December 2020 and allocates more housing and employment growth for Thame
  • Introduction of new planning rights, e.g. large house extensions
  • Climate and environmental emergencies being declared
  • The Town Council has adopted the community-led Green Living Plan, the first in the Country
  • House prices rising to levels that many struggle to afford

Why do we need a new Neighbourhood Plan?

The Neighbourhood Plan is now out of date on some matters like specialist housing needs. Local residents are concerned about issues such as improved footpaths and cycleways; public EV charging points; protecting their homes from more intense rainfall. Local employers are struggling to find space to expand their businesses and are worried about what new Government regulations will mean for our highly successful High Street.