The Localism Act of 2011 gave Parish Councils greater opportunities to influence the scale and location of development in their areas through a Neighbourhood Plan, provided that this plan was:
- consistent with national and local planning policies
- based on residents’ views on key issues
- approved in a referendum of residents
The Neighbourhood Plan is being developed by a small working group which reports regularly to a steering group of residents from all our communities. Evidence for the development of the plan is collected from many sources, including surveys of residents’ opinions, which requires the work of dedicated teams. There is the opportunity to join any of these groups and teams, either on a regular basis or for specific tasks. If you would like to join or to receive more information, please use the Contact Us tab.
Yes. There were surveys of all residents and other stakeholders in late 2019 through early 2020, the results of which feed into the draft of the Plan which will go to resident consultation before it is finalised and submitted to Wiltshire Council for examination. The process of ratifying the plan then involves a referendum of all residents conducted by Wiltshire Council.
This is dependent on how much amendment is required to get to a final version, and we have experienced a delay due to the covid-19 restrictions, but currently we hope to be finalising by early 2021.
When adopted by Wiltshire Council, which involves scrutiny by an independent examiner to ensure adherence to the legal requirements, the Neighbourhood Plan has to be taken into account by Wiltshire Council or subsequent appeal adjudicator in arriving at planning application decisions.