Second Draft Neighbourhood Plan Consultation
The second Consultation Period for the Draft Neighbourhood Plan is being held from Thursday 19th January to Thursday 9th February. Please read the amended Draft Plan that outlines the current DRAFT proposals for Burbage's development. If you wish to comment on the draft, please can you do one, or more, of the following:-
1. Attend the public meeting at Burbage Village Hall on Friday 3rd February, starting at 6.30pm, where you can discuss your thoughts with the Steering Group and Parish Council.
2. Attend one of the drop-in sessions at the Church Centre, on Saturday 28th January and Saturday 4th February, from 2-4pm, where copies of all the Neighbourhood Plan documentation will be available for you to read. There will be members of the Parish Council on hand at both meetings.
3. Complete a Consultation Form (link below), and either email it to the Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org, or post it/deliver it to Cllr Pearce, 6 Ailesbury Way, Burbage. SN8 3TD
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On 13th May 2013 the new Parish Council agreed to restart Neighbourhood Planning by creating a Steering Group with residents, businesses and local organisations involved. We are using the consultation process recommended by Wiltshire Council.
From 7th November 2013 to 28th February 2014 we were awarded a Grant of £2,705 by the Supporting Communities in Neighbourhood Planning Programme, led by Locality in association with RTPI/Planning Aid England, CDF and partners, available through the My Community Rights website. Further grants will be requested.
Consultation and community involvement are key elements in the success of any local initiative. A survey from Nov. '13 to Jan. '14 resulted in a resounding 84.7% of respondents supporting the idea of developing a Neighbourhood Plan, with over 85% considering this should incorporate the whole Parish. These findings were presented to the Parish Council and the public in February '14. For the survey results please click here.
The residents and Parish Council decided to have a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP). The next step was public consultation on the Neighbourhood Area Designation for Burbage. This took place and on 14th July 2014, Wiltshire Council made the formal decision to accept the Parish Council's recommendation and approve the whole Parish as the designated Neighbourhood Area in accordance with the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.
On 18th September 2014, Wiltshire Council made the formal decision that a Strategic Environmental Assessment will be required because the Burbage Neighbourhood Plan is likely to have a significant environmental effect.
The next step is to produce the draft Neighbourhood Development Plan and the draft Strategic Environmental Assessment Report. The plan will go out for a 6 week public consultation in due course.
What is Neighbourhood Planning?
The Localism Act 2011 came into effect in April 2012 and gives communities the power to make and agree:
- A Neighbourhood Development Plan – this is the focus of the Steering Group.
- Neighbourhood Development Orders and Community Right to Build Orders. These will be considered but are probably unlikely to be used in our Parish.
What is a Neighbourhood Development Plan?
It’s a new type of plan which focuses on local areas rather than the County as a whole and gives local people a direct say in the future development of their Parish. It gives us a chance to create a document that guides and shapes development in our area and in turn will influence what facilities are provided. A neighbourhood plan is not compulsory and is not a ‘green light’ for development. It can be as simple or as detailed as we want it to be and could take well over a year to develop and agree.
If a local referendum shows that over half of the voters support it, then it becomes part of the development plan for Wiltshire. The plan would be used by the Parish Council, Wiltshire Council planning and by third parties such as developers. Guidance could be on protecting the village from ‘infill’ building and from building on our Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (commonly referred to as AONB), to deciding where new shops, houses, schools and business premises should be built, (if any), and defining what they should look like.
For more information online see www.wiltshire.gov.uk and go to Home > Planning policy > Wiltshire neighbourhood planning portal. Or click here. For other guides go to http://www.locality.org.uk/ or www.gov.uk/neighbourhood-planning.
We’d welcome your involvement and would like to ask you, as an individual resident or a representative of a local group, club or business, if you would like to be an active member of the Steering Group or be added to our list of interested parties. Throughout the process we are committed to listening to your views and keeping you informed on progress.
To keep costs down and local involvement up, we are also looking for volunteers with skills in communications, surveys, planning, presenting to groups, finance, grants, photography, design, web content, managing and thinking up fun and interesting ways to ensure all sections of our community can give their views.
Have your say on the future of your village and Parish by contacting the Steering Group at email@example.com with your name, address, email, phone number and how you would like to be involved, or by phoning Martin Cook, Chairman of the Neighbourhood Planning Steering Group on 07966 241044.