Public Consultation is now closed
Tuesday 19th October 2021
The draft vision & objectives consultation is now closed. We would like to thank everyone for responding, we will be busy collating your answers in the coming days.
23rd September 2021
From Monday 27th September 2021 we are launching another consultation setting out a vision and objectives for a new Neighbourhood Plan to cover up to 2036.
In accordance with national planning policy and guidance, the draft vision and objectives have been informed by the requirement to promote the three strands of sustainable development (social, environmental and economic). The purpose of the vision statement and objectives are to provide a clear and justified high level parameters for the Neighbourhood Plan, and from which the Neighbourhood Plan policies can be derived.
The vision statement for the plan is: “Building on the foundations of our previously adopted Neighbourhood Plan, by 2036, Royal Wootton Bassett will be a thriving market town with a distinct and local community feel. The town will be and environmentally, socially, economically sustainable and attractive place to live, work, visit and study‘.
Views will be sort on the strategic objectives of the plan, which include:
- Retaining the town’s identity;
- Ensuring residents can access facilities and services they need;
- Planned good quality housing that are environmentally sustainable;
- Conserving and enhancing the natural environment;
- Supporting sustainable economic growth;
- Promoting safe opportunities for walking and cycling within and outside the town;
- Supporting opportunities to reduce traffic through the town.
We are encouraging if you live, work or own a business in the town to have your say and it only takes 5 minutes to complete. The ONLINE SURVEY can be accessed below, or paper copies are available at the Town Council office; Wootton Bassett Library, Boroughfields Shopping Centre and RWB Rugby Club, Malmesbury Road. Please remember to return your completed form either by post or drop off to the Town Council office by Monday 18th October 2021. You can download a copy of the questionnaire too.
First Stage of the Neighbourhood Plan Review completed, what’s next?
9th September 2021
The working group with its consultants, DLP Planning, have been working hard to complete the first stage of the Neighbourhood Plan Review. The 700 + public consultation responses from October/November 2020, along with the assessment of current Neighbourhood Plan policies were analysed by our consultants, who presented to the group on 20th January 2021 their Policy Assessment and Consultation Report.
From this work a proposed Vision and Strategic Objectives, with a scope of policy themes including recommendations on individual policies that could be included in the revised Neighbourhood Plan (in the context of these achieving the overarching Vision and Strategic Objectives) was presented to the group on 23rd March 2021 in their Neighbourhood Plan Review Scoping Report.
Summary of this report can be downloaded here.
The draft Vision and Strategic Objectives were finalised and approved by the working group on 3rdJune 2021. The vision and objectives will be subject to the ongoing review and iteration as the Neighbourhood Plan is prepared, particularly through the application of findings as the plan goes through further public engagement. A short consultation exercise will be undertaken shortly on the Draft Vision and Objectives to ensure these reflect the views of local residents and the wider community. So please keep a watchful eye out as we publicise this consultation exercise and let your friends and family know.
Following this, the next step will be to decide on what further evidence gathering is required and start to prepare the revised policies that will form the Draft Neighbourhood Plan. There will be a further consultation on the Draft Neighbourhood Plan once this has been completed.
The Working Group always welcome questions from our community and we encourage residents to contact the group, or if no internet access, then call the Town Council Office on 01793 850222 during office hours.
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