Welcome to the Trowbridge Neighbourhood Plan website
Trowbridge, like many of its neighbouring Wiltshire towns and villages, has developed a Neighbourhood Plan to influence the way that the town develops over the next few years, alongside the Wiltshire Core Strategy, and to ensure that the town delivers new houses to meet Government targets. The Town Council is leading the development of the Neighbourhood Plan and needs to understand the views of the town’s residents. A consultation process will commence on Saturday 8th September. To take part in the survey and have your say, click here.
Neighbourhood Planning is all about providing local people with the opportunity to have a say in how planning decisions in their own area are made.
The process of Neighbourhood Planning can be quite complicated and is linked to government legislation but there is plenty of guidance to help us achieve such a plan.
Trowbridge Town Council has set up a steering group to drive the process forward.
In the end this process is about the local community and what they have to say about the area. At the core of the process is a thorough engagement and consultation process. Where we are and what processes we have been through and what is still to go are explained in the following pages of this website.
What is the Trowbridge Neighbourhood Plan?
The Trowbridge Neighbourhood Plan is an opportunity for local people to have an impact on the planning and related issues that affect Trowbridge. Whilst the plan is about land use planning; housing, business, green space, leisure facilities, etc; it provides an opportunity for local people and organisations to develop their own ideas about the place where they live, work and visit and for these ideas to become part of Wiltshire’s Development Framework; the primary governing document for planning in the Wiltshire Council area.
Is this plan likely to have any impact on Local Planning?
Neighbourhood Planning has, at its core, government legislation and support. The Localism Act, passed at the end of 2011 has been followed by a series of Regulations, providing guidance and support. Wiltshire Council have to follow this guidance and it provides an opportunity for communities to guide planning in their own areas.
Are other places in Wiltshire doing Neighbourhood Plans?
There are a number of Town and Parish Council’s developing Neighbourhood Plans across Wiltshire. By July 2018 there were 21 completed (made) plans including Bradford on Avon, Calne, Devizes, Holt and Warminster. Plans are progressing in our neighbouring villages of Hilperton, North Bradley and Southwick. Further information about Neighbourhood Planning in Wiltshire can be found here: https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/planning-neighbourhood
Who is running and paying for this process?
Inevitably, this process costs money to run. Trowbridge Town Council are providing these funds and we will be making an application for a grant from the government to support the costs. However, it is seen as very much a joint venture between the town council and the local community; with a Steering group including members of the public. We have also called in help from an independent specialist, PlanningStreet which to take it through the necessary technical processes which are required. Wiltshire Council is also being very helpful in providing support and assistance.
What area does the Trowbridge Neighbourhood Plan cover?
The Trowbridge Neighbourhood Plan covers the whole of the Civil Parish of Trowbridge, which is the boundary of the area which is the responsibility of Trowbridge Town Council. It does NOT include the areas which are the responsibility of adjacent councils: Staverton, Hilperton, Steeple Ashton, West Ashton, North Bradley, Southwick, Wingfield, Bradford on Avon and Holt. The map shows the boundaries of the Trowbridge Neighbourhood Plan area.