Double awards success for Thame’s neighbourhood plan

Thame town plan public hearing at town hall on Tuesday February 19. Picture by Peter Lambert

Thame town plan public hearing at town hall on Tuesday February 19. Picture by Peter Lambert

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The quality of Thame’s historic neighbourhood plan has been recognised at two awards ceremonies.

The plan, which sets out how 775 new homes would be built in Thame in the next 15 years, won the award for ‘Innovative use of the planning process - Plan Making’ at the Royal Town Planning Institute Awards for Planning Excellence earlier this week.

It came after the plan was given a commendation in the Action for Market Towns awards.

The plan was recognised as a ‘high quality’ project by Action for Market Towns, while in the planning institute awards it beat off competition from three other schemes.

Thame Town Council said of the Action for Market Towns commendation: “The council is exceptionally proud that the hard work from all those involved in developing this history-making plan has been acknowledged in such a way.”

The plan was developed by the council working with the community before being looked at by an independent examiner.

It was then backed by 76% of voters in a referendum in May.

The next hurdle for the plan is for it to be made part of the development plan for South Oxfordshire.

Cabinet members at South Oxfordshire District Council were due to meet last night (Thursday) to discuss the matter before it goes before full council.

It should be a simple step for the plan, with recommending it becoming part of the district plan the only option available to councillors.