Terms of Reference
For the Thurlestone Parish Council Neighbourhood Plan Committee
Purpose of the Committee
- To act on behalf of the Thurlestone Parish Council and the people in the Parish (which includes Buckland and Bantham) whom they represent in producing a Neighbourhood Plan for the future development of the Parish.
- This plan will need to be in conformity with the Development Plan of the South Hams District Council and be in line with National Planning Policies.
- The starting points for this endeavour will be the emerging District Plan on the one hand and the most recent edition of the Village Plan on the other. A Schedule has already been prepared to identify the overlap between the two.
- It is proposed that the format of the Neighbourhood Plan will be based upon the themes identified in the District Plan to the extent that they are relevant to the Parish.
- It is intended that the policies of the Neighbourhood Plan will shadow the publication of the District Plan policies. So that for instance the Committee is currently studying the District Council draft policies in relation to Our Heritage, Our Environment and Our Resources as published in Issues 4 and 5 of Latest News.
Membership of the Committee and Governance
- The membership of the Committee is proposed to be recruited in equal part from the parish council and from the community at large. As a matter of practicality the initial membership of the committee has been weighted in favour of the parish council from which the Chairman has also been appointed. Applications have been invited in the most recent edition of the Village Voice for additional members from outside of the parish council to achieve parity.
- Members of the Committee have not yet been allocated any specific roles although this may happen in the future. At its last meeting it was agreed that the Committee should split itself into three ad hoc groups to consider the three policy areas on which the District Council has so far issued draft policy statements.
- Additional or replacement members of the Committee will be recruited as and when needed. The Committee is already actively looking for a parishioner(s) with some architectural background to join the Committee. Some younger people would also be welcome but young people with the time to become involved with this kind of project are few and far between in this parish.
- Declarations of interests will be handled as at Parish Council meetings namely by way of implementing the Standard Code.
- Disputed decisions will be decided preferably by discussion but if necessary by a show of hands with the Chairman having a casting vote as is the case with Parish Council decisions.
- There will be regular reports given to the full Parish Council and if any major issues arise on which it is thought that the Parish Council needs to express a view or make a decision then the matter will be referred to the Council.
Reporting and Feedback
- Information about the work of the Committee will be shared with the community by reports in the Village Voice. Robin Macdonald of the Village Voice is a member of the Committee.
- In due course open meetings may be called and a website developed.
- Minutes and feedback from consultations and events will be jointly recorded by Tony Goddard and Judy Pearce.
Resources and Finance
- At present no finance is required but in due course the Committee will rely on government grants to fund for instance the cost of any professional consultations, surveys of public opinion, hiring the village hall for meetings etc.
Monitoring and Review
- Part of the emerging Neighbourhood Plan will provide for monitoring and review.