A Neighbourhood Plan gives communities direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area. They are able to choose where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built and have their say on what those new buildings should look like and what infrastructure should be provided. A ‘made’ Plan can sit alongside the Local Plan prepared by the local planning authority – Wiltshire Council in our case – and decisions on planning applications are made using both the local plan and the Neighbourhood Plan.
Corsham has had a Neighbourhood Plan since 15 November 2019, following almost five years of work, an independent examination and a referendum when local people were asked to vote on whether they wanted Wiltshire Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan to help it decide planning applications. Of the 2,428 electors who voted, 93% (2,263) voted in favour of the Plan, meaning Wiltshire Council decided to ‘make’ the Corsham Neighbourhood Plan, meaning the Plan’s policies would be given full weight when planning applications were being assessed.
You can find out more about Corsham’s Neighbourhood Plan and the work of its Delivery and Monitoring Group via the Corsham Neighbourhood Plan website or by calling the Town Hall.