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Thame Neighbourhood Plan to be examined

Thame Town Council has submitted its 15-year Neighbourhood Plan for Thame to South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) for examination.14 Dec 2012

The plan (92-page / 6.02MB PDF) sets out a vision for Thame which includes the construction of an additional 775 homes, three hectares of new employment land and up to 5,700 square metres of new retail within the town centre. It also sets out potential locations for a new community facility, plans for new and improved connections in and around the town and new and improved open spaces.

The Council has developed the plan with help and comments from more than 800 residents. It said that previous consultations on the draft neighbourhood plan had shown an even split between comments supporting and opposing the plan's allocation of housing and it had therefore chosen not to make any changes to it.

The examination consultation is open until 24 January. SODC will appoint an examiner to review the consultation process, the Neighbourhood Plan and any representations made. If the examiner passes the plan, a local referendum will be held and the plan will be adopted if it wins more than 50% of the votes.

SODC said it expects that the examiner will make recommendations in February or March 2013.