Marlborough's Neighbourhood Plan - your chance to input on Saturday (18 June) at the Town Hall
Marlborough's eagerly anticipated Neighbourhood Planning process is being launched to all residents and businesses, traders and voluntary groups of Marlborough, Mildenhall, Preshute and Savernake this coming Saturday (19 June) at an Open Day being held in the Town Hall. Everyone is invited to attend to learn more about what this plan can deliver and, really importantly, pass on their views about the issues that it needs to address.
The Neighbourhood Planning process provides a statutory right for local people to influence development and growth in their area.
Within parameters, they are able to choose where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built, influence future plans for transport and car parking as well as medical and educational provision, open spaces and sports facilities. Also they can have an input on the design of any new buildings and what infrastructure should be provided.
The process will involve plenty of consultation but, once a plan is published, it will become part of the planning system for helping to determine planning applications.
How will the Marlborough Area Neighbourhood Plan fit in with all the other rules about planning? The Wiltshire Core Strategy was adopted in January 2015 and is a plan for future development across the whole county and guides decisions alongside the National Planning Policy Framework on whether or not planning applications can be granted. This area's Neighbourhood Plan will work within this Core Strategy, but will be able to go one step further with its own polices set at a very local level, thus addressing those local issues.
At this stage the process is being guided byt he Steering Group, made up of representatives from all four parishes who meet regularly and work to a project plan and through dedicated Working Groups.
External funding has been awarded and will help to fund work around, for example, an up to date Housing Needs Survey and Analysis. As this area is designated as an Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB), it is likely too that a full Strategic Environmental Assessment will be requireded - a form of screening to examine how the Plan may affect the environment and ensure that it matches and complies with European regulations.
Chairman of the Steering Group, Deputy Mayor Councillor Mervyn Hall said: “This is a real opportunity for those in Marlborough, Mildenhall, Preshute and Savernake to come along to the Open Day to tell us what they feel needs to be addressed and learn more from us about what can and, of course, what can’t be covered by the Plan. We hope as many people as possible will come along on Saturday and give us their views.”
The early stage website is now accessible but will be developed significantly over the next few days and weeks. www.manp.co.uk
The Open Day will run from 10pm – 4pm in the Court Room of the Town Hall with free refreshments on offer.