Welcome to Corsham Town Council
The Town Council’s aim is “to make Corsham the most desirable place in Wiltshire to live, work and visit, with a safe, active, healthy and sustainable community based around a vibrant and useful Town Centre”.
Here on this site you will find information about how the Town Council is working to fulfill that aim, along with details of the Council’s responsibilities and projects.
You will also find information and links about Corsham itself that may be of interest to both residents and visitors.
We hope that you enjoy visiting our site and if you have any comments or suggestions about what you would like to see here please email us.
For general enquiries please phone 01249 702130
Corsham Remembers - Sunday 11 November
Thank you to everyone who took part in Sunday's Remembrance Service and Parade, and who came along to pay their respects. Thank you, too, to everyone who helped, supported and visited our exhibition and attended the Thanksgiving Service at St Bart's to mark the end of the Great War.
Corsham Neighbourhood Plan Examination Update
We are disappointed to have to report that the examination of Corsham's Neighbourhood Plan has been delayed for anumber of weeks.The delay is to do with the Habitats Regulation Assessment Screening Report. Wiltshire Council's report concluded that a separate HRA would not be necessary for the Corsham Neighbourhood Plan. However, a recent legal case elsewhere in the country has meant that many Neighbourhood Plan examinations have been held up whilst government guidance is awaited. The guidance was expected several weeks ago but has not materialised. A number of other Planning Authorities are commissioning their own legal advice rather than wait any longer for the official government guidance. Wiltshire Council has now agreed to follow this route by getting their own legal opinion.
Our Link Officer, Carolyn Gibson, has been speaking to the legal team at Wiltshire Council to seek advice on the way forward with the Corsham Neighbourhood Plan. We should know more in the next week or so. If the advice is that the HRA Screening needs further clarifaction or changes, it would mean another five-week consultation with Natural England.
Councillor Steve Abbott, Chairman of the Town Council and Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group commented "We are frustrated at this unexpected delay but hope that timely advice will mean that the examination can proceed as soon as possible. We are hopeful that a referendumm on the Neighbourhood Plan will go ahead early next year."
Obviously, we need to be certain that the Neighbourhood Plan is robust so that it is not open to challenge if and when we proceed to referendum. We are keeping a close eye on the situation to ensure the process is not unduly delayed.
To find out more about Corsham’s Great War, including key dates, commemoration projects and the stories of the 115 men who did not return, please visit the website.
Corsham is a medieval town in North West Wiltshire. It is at the south-eastern extreme of the Cotswolds, between Bath and Chippenham. A market town within a large parish of around 13000 people, Corsham has grown rapidly since 2003.
Originally named Cosseha, there has been a settlement in Corsham since Anglo-Saxon times. Corsham Court has royal connections dating back centuries: King Ethelred (978-1017) kept house on the site of this old manor.
Corsham is said to have thrived on sheep and stone. From the 14th century until the wool industry moved to the north of the country in the 1800s, many Flemish weavers came to England and settled in the Cotswolds area, with a number making their home in Corsham. A row of 17th Century houses in the High Street is actually known as the ‘Flemish Cottages’. As for stone, Cotswold limestone has been used for building since Roman times. The stone quarried in and around Corsham then – as now - was the famous ‘Bath Stone’ and houses built from it can be seen in the High Street. In fact, Nikolaus Pevsner, the architectural historian, once wrote, “Corsham has no match in Wiltshire for wealth of good houses”.
Find out more about Corsham's history here.
Town Hall Hire
Corsham Town Hall is an ideal venue for social occasions.