Your chance to shape Thurlby’s future

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People living in the Thurlby parish have been urged to help guide development in the area at a neighbourhood plan meeting this weekend.

The results of a survey led by the neighbourhood plan team will be presented from 10.30am to 12.30pm at Lawrance Park Hall tomorrow (Saturday).

People living in the parish are invited to have a look at the results and discuss them with members of Thurlby Parish Council.

These results and points raised at the meeting will then be used to help form a neighbourhood plan which, once adopted, will be used by South Kesteven District Council to guide development in the parish.

Parish and district councillor Barry Dobson (Con) said it was important anyone with an interest in the future of where they live came along and had their say.

“This will form the basis of us preparing a plan in conjunction with the district council.

“We can’t get away from growth but as the infrastructure in the village is already at its maximum then we have to be very specific where new development takes place.

“We want to make sure that we get our say in development and try to motivate people to help us.”

The plan would cover the entire parish of Thurlby, which includes Thurlby and Northorpe and stretches north towards Bourne, including the new Sugar Mill pub and McDonald’s, and south towards Waterside Garden Centre. Coun Dobson said the fact that the parish now included developments on the outskirts of Bourne meant it was even more important for residents to put their views forward.

Neighbourhood plans were introduced by the Government to help people have a greater say on development where they live. Once adopted, councils must refer to them when making decisions on planning applications.

A group has already been set up to form a neighbourhood plan for Bourne, and Thurlby Parish Council is keen not to be left behind.

Another key issue is the need for a pedestrian crossing on the A15. Lincolnshire County Council built a crossing in Northorpe after Bourne Academy pupils were hit by a minibus while crossing the road in 2014.

Thankfully the girls survived, but Thurlby residents were angered when the council chose to build a crossing in Northorpe but not in Thurlby, citing budget restrictions.

Coun Dobson said: “The more people that come along and give their opinions, the more clout we will have with planners on things like this.”

As an extra incentive for people to attend, there will be a raffle of a £40 voucher towards a meal at The Sugar Mill at tomorrow’s meeting.