Marlborough's neighbourhood planners need your views on the latest proposalsThe Marlborough Area Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group are holding a consultation survey and drop-in sessions with exhibits to update people on the latest moves towards the formulation of a final, approved Plan.
The Group has listened to local people, commissioned professional evidence-based reports to support concerns raised with them about housing, parking and the town centre. Four drop in sessions will be held - starting at Manton Village Hall on Wednesday, July 17 (6pm - 8pm).
Members of the Steering Group will be available at the Town Hall on Saturday, July 20 from 10am to 3pm. Another session will be held before the Marlborough Area Board meeting at the Town Hall on Tuesday, July 23 (6pm - 7pm).
Finally, there will be a session at Mildenhall Village Hall on Wednesday, July 24 (6pm - 8pm).
Exhibited at each session will be maps showing various proposed areas for housing development, those to be kept as green spaces and so on.
These exhibition sessions will update people in the Neighbourhood Plan area (Marlborough and Manton, Mildenhall, Preshute and Savernake) on the Plan's progress.
They can find out how the initial consultation has been taken forward and proposals on how to meet community needs that people have stated - for example which green spaces are most important.
They can learn about the evidence collected in the Housing Needs Analysis, Car Parking Study and Town Centre Benchmarking Report. They can have a say on which sites have been put forward for possible development. And they can put forward ideas about how affordable housing can proceed through local Community Land Trusts.
The Steering Groups 'Call for sites' has produced ten areas potentially suitable for further housing developments. These can be seen on the Neighbourhood Plan website.
The largest of these is land at Barton Dene offered by Marlborough College - 13,6450 hectares. The next largest potential site for new housing is the 8.9945 hectares west of Salisbury Road, stretching south of St John's Academy towards the A345.
Marlborough.news understands that in the Barton Dene site it is intended to "...create a mix of new homes for families, first-time buyers and downsizers, as well as affordable homes. In addition there should be some accommodation for staff." There is no mention so far of the number of homes this land would contain.
However, the College are very aware that the lack of affordable housing in the town is one of the key needs the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group has identified. And the College is working with the Marlborough and District Housing Association over management of this type of home - which would be offered to local people.
From the map on the Neighbourhood Plan website it is not clear whether access to this land would be along Barton Dene - turning off the southern end of College Fields and passing by the Barton Farm buildings - or via a new access onto College Fields behind the Leisure Centre. Or a one-way system involving them both.
Town Mayor Councillor Mervyn Hall is Chair of the Steering Group: “We’re hoping that lots of local people will drop in at our exhibitions at Manton, Marlborough and Mildenhall and find out more about the proposals we are putting forward based on the consultation that has already taken place. "
"It’s a long drawn out and complex process, but it’s important to get it right as it helps to steer what development happens in the area up to 2036. We need local views to make sure we are on target in trying to meet our community’s needs”
There is plenty of important information to discover at the drop-in sessions. The survey can be found here - go to the foot of the page. The survey closes on 2 August 2019. This page also carries a great deal of helpful information about the scope and process of the Marlborough Area Neighbourhood Plan.