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Notice of Regulation 14 Pre-submission Consultation and Publicity on the Draft Westbury Neighbourhood Plan

Westbury Town Council have organised the first statutory consultation on its Neighbourhood Plan.

This consultation is being held in accordance with The Neighbourhood Plan (General) Regulations 2012 which require the Town Council to publicise the Draft Neighbourhood Plan and invite comments.

This Plan will be used to inform decisions made by Wiltshire Council on planning applications for the local area, so any comments – either supporting or objecting – are important.

The consultation will run for 12 weeks (which is twice the statutory minimum) between the 12th September 2022 and 5th December 2022. If you wish to make any comments on the Plan, the feedback survey (see below) needs to be completed and returned to the Town Council by midnight on 5th December 2022.

Click here to read the Plan. 

We have created a survey where you can have your say on the Plan, comment on it here. 

Find out more and have your say

  1. Read the Plan and take a look at the mini guide which summarises the plan.
  2. Make comments via the feedback survey. Access our online version here  Paper copies are also available from the Westbury Town Council Offices
  3. Chat to us face-to-face about the Plan. Representatives will be popping up at various locations around the town to make sure people are aware of the Plan and can ask questions. Dates, times and locations are listed to the right of this page below

Evidence Base

There are lots of documents, and we do not expect you to look at everything. You don’t need to comment on everything, just the things that are important to you. We’ve also prepared a ‘mini guide’.

The majority of the evidence base documents can be found to the right of this page. As part of the evidence base, Environmental Assessment Documents have been produced to meet some of the requirements of the ‘Basic Conditions’, which are used for the Examination of the Plan.

Both a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Habitat Regulation Assessment (HRA) Screening were made on the Regulation 14 version of the Neighbourhood Plan:

Strategic Environmental Assessment

Habitat Regulation Assessment 

Westbury Neighbourhood Plan 

Westbury, like several other communities in Wiltshire and across the country, is developing a Neighbourhood Plan for the town.

Neighbourhood Plans empower local people to set local policies to protect their valued heritage, green spaces and community facilities and plan for local housing, employment and community facilities.  So, if you live in Westbury and care about its future, it is vital you get involved in shaping our plan.

Westbury Town Council are responsible for the preparation of the Westbury Neighbourhood Plan which is led by a plan making Steering Group with topic working groups, made up of both town Councillors and local people.

The Neighbourhood Plan team are working hard to listen to your views and build strong local evidence to support effective policies to ensure our town future development happens in the right places and delivers the things our current and future community needs.

What you say counts!

The Neighbourhood Plan is very much draft at this stage will be updated and refined as a result of feedback received during this public consultation. There will also be a further round of public consultation on the updated Plan, and an examination by a Planning Inspector will follow, with the final stage in the process being decided by residents of the town in a referendum.

On approval the Neighbourhood Plan would provide local planning policies for the town and become a part of the Development Plan that Wiltshire Council must use when determining planning applications in Westbury.

Steering Group Chair Kate Knight said:

 “I encourage everyone to take the time to read the draft plan and participate in the consultation. Once it’s been refined to respond to feedback from the community, the plan will go through formal processes to gain real weight and have clout in decisions that Wiltshire take on planning decisions in our town. As such the Neighbourhood Plan will have a positive and proactive impact on the future development for our town.”

What is a Neighbourhood Plan and who has prepared it?

The Westbury Neighbourhood Plan has been developed by a steering group made up of Westbury Town Councillors and local community representatives with support from Town Councillor officers and professional consultants. A Neighbourhood Plan is a document that sets out community ideas and plans for change in a local area.

Why prepare a Neighbourhood Plan for Westbury?

In the past many communities have felt that they have little influence over what’s decided in terms of planning policy, after all, in the past it’s been done by ‘them’ – Wiltshire Council. But that’s changing, and we now have a real opportunity to shape the future of the whole Westbury area much more (but not entirely) the way we – you – us want it. Whilst the Plan cannot be in direct conflict with national or local planning policy, it does have legal weight in planning law and will reflect the views of the local community and must be used by Wiltshire Council in making planning decisions in our town. It is an important opportunity for the community of Westbury to be able to do things such as:

  • influence and inform planning decisions made by Wiltshire Council;
  • have greater control over future development (e.g. housing which meets local need, size and scale, design and importantly where new houses could go – but the number of new houses that must be delivered in Westbury in the coming years is set by Wiltshire Council – we can’t change the number but we can say where it goes);
  • address issues of environment and well-being (e.g. walking and cycling, protect and improve green spaces and local facilities);
  • be part of wider work by the Town Council to improve the town centre

Community Led

Our Neighbourhood Plan will make a difference by focusing on things the planning system can genuinely influence. Westbury Neighbourhood Plan has been drafted by drawing on feedback and input from the wider community, as well as drawing on facts, figures and local level research to inform and shape how the Neighbourhood Plan looks ahead to how Westbury will develop up to 2036.

If you have any questions get in touch via email at neighbourhoodplan@westburytowncouncil.gov.uk, via phone on 01373 822232 or by writing to Westbury Town Council Neighbourhood Plan, The Laverton, Bratton Road, Westbury Wiltshire, BA13 3EN

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