Neighbourhood Plan to enter 6 weeks of consultation
The Town Council embarked on developing a Neighbourhood Plan for Thorne and Moorends in July 2012. Over the ensuing 4 years, the steering group has dealt with numerous challenges that have resulted in a much lengthier process than originally anticipated.
However, the Steering Group has now produced a plan that is ready to be put to the community for their comment. The Neighbourhood Plan document will be open subject to consultation for 6 months from 26 October 2016 and we would urge as many people to attend the drop-in sessions and/or provide their thoughts as possible.
Flood Risk slows development
At a meeting in February 2015 it was agreed that further research would be undertaken before a final decision was taken regarding the allocation of sites subject to flood risk.
It had been agreed that DCLG and the Planning Advisory Service (PAS) would be approached to see if they had any advice, which was done but was not productive. Locality has also been consulted, however our situation is rare and its is difficult for anybody to provide advice. Whilst many Neighbourhood Plans have flooding issues, few will have the same extent of Zone 3 areas as Thorne and Moorends.
Flood Risk consultants have been contacted regarding the flood risk work required by the environment agency. The work requires consultants who deal with strategic work rather than site specific flood risk assessments.
Whilst costs are still indicative it was agreed that a budget of £30,000 would be needed to complete these works.
A number of options were considered:
It was agreed that the cost, together with the time delay could not be justified, especially when the work will be required in the near future for the Doncaster Local Plan. It was therefore agreed to start work on the Draft Plan on the basis of option 2 above, and to work closely with Doncaster MBC to ensure that the allocations in the Local Plan are influenced by the Neighbourhood Plan process.
Key Policy Areas Document launched
On 7 October 2014 the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and Thorne-Moorends Town Council launched a document that outlines the Policy areas to be contained in the Neighbourhood Plan. The document is based on the feedback received from the public as part of this summer's consultation. The document is not a draft plan, but rather a summary of what the public identified as 'key policy areas'.
We are taking this document out to public consultation to give the public the opportunity to comment to ensure we're heading in the right direction before we take the next step, which is to build on this document and draft the detailed policies of the Neighbourhood Plan. Watch this space for details of public meetings you can attend to discuss the document in more detail!
The Results Are In
Further to our recent period of consultation, we are pleased to announce that we received hundreds of completed questionnaires, all of which have now been read and considered by the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group. The replies have been categorised, with assistance from Planning Aid, into Planning and Non-Planning issues and a draft outline plan is now being drawn up. Consideration has been given as to whether issues raised require planning policies or land allocation and this will be reflected in the draft outline plan.
The group hope to commence a further period of consultation before preparing policies and a first draft of the Neighbourhood Plan in late September 2014, so watch this space for details of how you can be involved. We anticipate there being a series of public meetings / workshops in addition to an official launch event.
May we take this opportunity to say a big thank you to the community for their invaluable participation to date.We hope the support continues as the plan moves towards completion.
It's time to speak up
The Neighbourhood Plan steering group are planning an extensive diary of drop in sessions in Thorne and Moorends throughout March 2014. These sessions will be an opportunity for the public to gather more information about the plan and to have their their say on how we move Thorne and Moorends forward. Everyone with an interest in the community is urged to attend at least one of the drop in sessions.
In addition, the Steering Group are hosting a series of targeted meetings for local businesses who shall receive their individual invitations in due course. Confirmed dates:
A word from Directions Planning
Thorne and Moorends Town Council has appointed Directions Planning Consultancy Ltd to steer the Town Council through the neighbourhood planning process. This means making sure the Town Council meets all the legal requirements of the process, as well as passing on knowledge and experience of how to go about drafting a neighbourhood plan.
As a Practice, we are supporting a number of town and parish councils across Yorkshire to prepare neighbourhood plans. Every one of the neighbourhood plans and the councils is different, particularly in terms of the local issues to be addressed in the neighbourhood plan.
What has surprised us in relation to Thorne and Moorends Town Council is the abundancy of enthusiasm and the sheer volume of brilliant ideas. This website is evidence of that, as whilst it is not unusual for a website to be used to publicise progress and act as a platform for consultation, the depth and content is remarkable.
Now the Town Council is fully equipped to draft a neighbourhood plan, the focus of efforts needs to shift to the contents of the document. After all, it is intended to set out the community’s plans for the parishes of Thorne and Moorends in the years to come. This is a difficult task because it requires identification of matters that the planning system has the powers to influence, manage and change. This requires the input of everyone who has an interest in the future of the two towns. So, to make sure the neighbourhood plan sets out what everyone wants, we would like to encourage everyone to get involved and respond to future consultations that will help shape the content of the neighbourhood plan.
Directions Planning Consultancy
A Quirky Co-Option
Please join us in welcoming Katie Foreman to the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group. Katie is an extremely talented young lady from Moorends. Katie can offer a wealth of experience having opened a successful new business, the Quirky Cow (Finkle Court, Thorne) in this difficult economic climate. Katie also represents business for younger people. We look forward to working with Katie to develop the Neighbourhood Plan.
Have your say...
Feedback from Gala
Alongside the Clerk to the Council, Councillors on the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group worked hard all day discussing the plan and the effect it can have on our community with all those in attendance.
It was a lovely sunny day and the feedback was great! For more info click here...
Look out for a Comic Strip telling the story of how the Thorne and Moorends Neighbourhood Plan was conceived. Here's a sneak preview:
How Many DMBC Councillors do we need? Have your say.
The Doncaster Free Press today published an article regarding the costs of our DMBC Councillors. Firstly, it's brilliant to see that a Councillor for Moorends, and Town Councillor, Joe Blackham has been named Doncaster's hardest working Councillor. Secondly,The article ties in nicely with the Town Council's current efforts to re-unite Thorne and Moorends in one electoral ward.
The Boundary Commission are currently considering how many Councillors are needed throughout Doncaster. The Town Council have been asked to make their representations, which we have done, in support of a reduction in DMBC Councillor numbers.
Once the number of DMBC Councillors has been determined, the ward boundaries will be reviewed and altered in accordance with the number of constituents per DMBC Councillor and the relationship between communities. The Town Council sees this consultation as the best chance of re-uniting Thorne with Moorends.
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We would like to take this opportunity to extend a huge THANK YOU to all council staff who have assisted in the smooth running of this weekend's festivities. Their hard work was appreciated by many, especially this morning after it was discovered that extreme weather had caused chaos in the park. Without their help and assistance, many stall holders would not have been back on their feet and able to carry on today.
Also, a big thank you to Sylvia, Pete and the Festival Committee for another brilliant weekend. Thank you to TMCR for the brilliant efforts as always and thank you to the Sea Cadets who helped Council staff resurrect many a tent.
The weekend would not be such a huge success without the presence of local community groups, charities entertainers and performers and we thank them all for their continued contribution to the weekends annual festivities. The Thorne Summer Festival really is an asset to this community and we are proud to be involved.
Summer Festival Two Day Consultation Event goes down a treat!
Steering Group members spent two days at the Thorne Summer Festival promoting awareness of the Neighbourhood Plan. The group collated a wealth of feedback from the community, which is a great start and look forward to it all again at the Community Gala in Moorends on 25 August. See more....
Volunteers Clean Up for Festival
Town Councillors and members of Thorne Needs You came together to tidy up the Town before the Thorne Summer Festival in a bid to raise awareness for the Neighbourhood Plan. The day was a great success and the volunteers were able to spend time talking to local residents about the Plan whilst doing their bit to keep Thorne clean.
Steering Group welcomes new member
Thorne and Moorends Town Council are delighted to announce the co-option of Jean Walker to the Neighborhood Plan Steering Group. Jean has been dedicated member of the Moorends Welfare Ground Working Group since it's set up some 20 months ago. Jean's wealth of community involvement through the Thorne Colliery Bowls Club makes her an ideal spokesperson for the Welfare Ground - a Town Council priority in Moorends - and we all look forward to working with her closely in progression of our neighbourhood plan and in our wider efforts to consult with the community as a whole.
The word is spreading
The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group is thrilled to see they have Brooke Primary School on board and spreading the word for a cleaner community whilst promoting the Neighbourhood Plan. All Local schools within the plan's designated area have met and have welcomed the Town Council into the schools in support of the Plan. The Steering Group are excited to be arranging a programme of visits to each school to start this September!
Council to make submissions to the Boundary Commission
At their meeting on 9 July 2013, Thorne and Moorends Town Council committed themselves to making strong representations to the Local Government Boundary Commission in an attempt to bring Thorne and Moorends back together under one electoral ward area. Councillors Houlbrook, (J) Blackham and (S) Durant attended a consultation meeting on 8 July 2013 and brought a report back to the Council. It is agreed that the Town Council will propose a reduction in the total number of DMBC Councillors across the borough and propose electoral boundary changes to re-unite Thorne with Moorends. Read more here...
Local Schools on board
On 1 July 2013, Councillor Rachel Durant attended Thorne Green Top Primary School to work with the communities local young people and develop ideas for the Neighbourhood Plan. The afternoon was a huge success and a group of pupils are working hard on a community project to promote and progress the Plan. The pupils have written to all local Primary Schools promoting the Plan and have included a write up on their website! Watch this space for developments soon! Click below for their write up and Keep Thorne and Moorends clean!
Moorends; Have your say
You can now have your say regarding issues specific to Moorends on this dedicated page. The page will be updated with news specific to Moorends.
Hard Work Pays Off!
After already a year of hard work and communications with DMBC in preparation for the Neighbourhood Plan, the Town Council has received official Approval and Designation of the Neighbourhood Area, which was exactly as applied for. You can see the letter from DMBC dated 18 June 2013 here.
A word from Thorne Needs You
Jen Barley is chair of Thorne Needs You community group, of which 2 members now sit on the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group. The group was set up after an article on the front page of the (sadly missed) Thorne Gazette about the building 42 King street being restored by Andrew Whitham from the South Yorkshire Building Preservation Trust. Read More...
Town Council Annual Report
Please click on the link below to view the Town Council's Annual Report, which includes a breakdown of spending, councilor attendance and completed/ongoing projects.
Thorne and Moorends Town Council are delighted to announce 3 co-options to the Neighborhood Plan Steering Group. Joining the Council's efforts to create a Neighbourhood Plan for Thorne and Moorends are Jennifer, Caroline and Neil.
Jennifer and Caroline are pro-active members of local action group, Thorne Needs You and represent the local community on the steering group. Neil Butler, Head Teacher at Thorne Green Top Primary School, sits on the steering group as a representative of education in the community.
We look forward to working closely with Neil, Jennifer and Caroline in the progression of our neighbourhood plan and in our wider efforts to consult with the community as a whole.
New Faces coming soon.
Thorne and Moorends Town Council are excited to announce that there will soon be two young new faces in the offices. The Council is in the process of hiring two apprentices, one for grounds maintenance and another for office and project work. The Council are pleased to be bringing employment opportunities to the town and also the be playing a part in training two talented young people.
Spring Clean Sesion 1 - Finkle Street 22 March 2013
Councillors donned high visibility vests in the market place to trigger interest from the local community. When questioned by local shop owners and residents, the councillors were able to explain their dedication to taking handle of future planning for the area. This includes finally trying to overcome the difficult issues surrounding the dereliction of the market place and Thorne's other heritage.
After years of previous councils and authorities failing to tackle this issue and kerb further decline, this Town Council pitch their dedication to doing all within their power to bring the town up to scratch. The best way of influencing planning and development in Thorne and Moorends is by having input into this Neighbourhood Plan. If you are interested in working with the Town Council, or want you say; please contact the Town Council Clerk, Jeremy Sherlock.
Thorne-Moorends Town Council has been successful with a grant application to support the preparation of the Neighbourhood Plan for the Town Council area. A grant of £7,000 has been awarded by “Locality” which will help the Neighbourhood Planning Working Group with technical, printing and planning support. In addition the Council will also receive “in kind” support from Planning Aid.
The Plan will be moving onto its formal consultation stage in the near future, with a series of events being held from March. The dates for these will be publicised shortly.
Town Centre News
Isn't it brilliant to see new business coming into Thorne. We have Thorntons, Hamiltons and Hallmark at the old Post Office building and Finkle Court is now full of brilliant shops! We have a new craft market one Saturday every month, not to mention the regular Friday market. Tesco and possibly Martson's and Mcdonalds are due to land at the Capitol Park site in 2014 - Let's hope the interest continues!
The 'Kids Corner' is a convenient place for young people to find out information on the Neighbourhood Plan and also to have their say on the future of Thorne and Moorends. Steering Group members are visiting all local schools as part of the consultation process and the space will be updated regularly. Take a peek!
Regular Crafts Market
Thorne has been known as a 'Historic Market Town' for many years and we are delighted to announce that after being approached by a local resident, a new Craft Market will be held in Thorne Market Place on the last Saturday of each month, commencing on 24th August.
The market is being spearheaded by the local resident and we understand that a total of 23 interested stall holders have been identified to date for the first market, which shall run from 9am to 3 pm.
On the basis of the current interest, there will be no additional cost to the Council. The Craft Market will initially run up to December on a trial basis and hopefully it will be a huge success! This will be a new attraction in Thorne, which hopefully will attract new shoppers to the Town Centre.
We wish the stall holders every success!!
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Feel-Good Story of the Day
After a night of extreme weather conditions in the area, Town Councillors arrived at the park on Sunday morning to a saddening sight. Strong winds lifted and damaged multiple tents, owned by local community and charity groups, which had been left overnight in the park.
It was BRILLIANT to see the community of Thorne and Moorends pull together, assisting each other to rebuild their stalls and prepare for another day raising money for their causes.
Perhaps the most notable gesture was by a lady member of the public who, saddened by the loss of the stall owned by hard working local community group ' Thorne Needs You', donated a replacement tent for the group future use.
Despite hardship being suffered by many people locally, it is brilliant to know that when in times of trouble we still have great community spirit and that we will pull together for each other.
Tesco - An Update
Over the last two days it has been brought to our attention by members of the local community that there is some confusion as to whether the Tesco development will go ahead in Thorne.
After clarifying the position with Tesco we can confirm that currently the development is still proceeding with work commencing in 2014. We can also expect a McDonalds and Marstons Inn/Tavern on the same site.
Thorne Summer Festival