Neighbourhood Plans

Neighbourhood Development Plan – Examination outcome

We are pleased to be able to say that our Neighbourhood Plan has now been through the examination phase and the Examiner’s report can be found at Ruishton and Thornfalcon Neighbourhood Plan ( The next phase is for it to be accepted by Somerset Council and a Referendum held. Further details on the Referendum will follow.


A Vision for Ruishton, Thornfalcon & Henlade - Page 1 & 2 icon

In 2037 the Parish will contain three distinct & separate villages of Ruishton, Thornfalcon & Henlade. They will be thriving healthy communities with separate identities & access to shops, churches, pubs, village halls, playing fields & primary school

Each village will be surrounded by accessible countryside with flourishing wildlife & protected from flooding. Roads will be unpolluted, safe for pedestrians, cyclists & traffic. There will be good quality homes, access to jobs & provision for those working from home....Link to full vision document

Housing Needs Survey icon

Ruishton and Thornfalcon Parish Council have commissioned Taunton Deane Borough Council to undertake a Housing Needs Survey to ensure that future housing development meets the needs of local people in Ruishton, Henlade and Thornfalcon. We need your help...

Housing Needs Survey

Our Strategy - Our Future icon

Our Strategy - Our Future
The Neighbourhood Plan will help the residents of Ruishton & Thornfalcon Parishes to shape the future of their area.
There are changes planned by government and the councils including a dual-carriageway for the A358 and a new employment area by the M5 junction. Already the Parish Council is... for more information Link...

What is a Neighbourhood Plan? icon

What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
A Neighbourhood Plan is a community-led framework for guiding the future development, regeneration and conservation of an area.
A Neighbourhood Plan is about the use and development of land and may contain a vision, aims, planning policies, proposals for improving the area...
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Steering Group
Mike Marshall [email protected]
Roy Bulgin [email protected]
Jim Claydon [email protected]
Dave Duke [email protected]
Doug Lowe [email protected]
Catherine Faulkner [email protected]
Project Team 
Bridget Dickinson Bridget.Dickinson@Ruishton.,,
Andrew Lukes Heritage [email protected]
Mike Hellings Business and Employment [email protected]
John Capstick Business and Employment [email protected]
Sue Sherry Environment [email protected]
Judy Cottrell Environment [email protected]
Ian Tucker Transport ian.tuckershouse@googlemail,,,
Jasmine Riches Education [email protected]
Julia Curtis Community [email protected]
Stewart Thorne Leisure and recreation [email protected]