The scheme has been set up by government to assist communities who want to be amongst the first in preparing their Neighbourhood Plans.
With developers knocking on many doors around Malmesbury, it's a collective sigh of relief but not for too long - this is where the hard work starts. This is the document that will act almost as a 'bible' for planning policy covering the Malmesbury Town, Malmesbury St. Paul Without and Brokenborough area for the next 15 years.
The application was supported by a number of local community groups including the Residents' Association and Chamber of Commerce amongst others. Community input into the Neighbourhood Plan will take place not through individuals but through representatives of over twenty community groups expected to become part of the steering group.
The Town Council is expected to have two representatives on the steering group, which could include any of the four new town councillors to be elected on 8th September and other groups are likely to have one representative each.
Proposed members of the steering group include:
- Malmesbury Town Council
- The Wiltshire Councillor for Malmesbury
- St. Paul Malmesbury Without Parish Council
- Brokenborough Parish Council
- Malmesbury Area Board
- Charlton Parish Council
- Malmesbury & St. Paul Without Residents' Association
- Malmesbury & District Chamber of Commerce
- Malmesbury Civic Trust
- Malmesbury & District Conservation Group
- Malmesbury Secondary School
- Primary Schools
- Malmesbury Health Centre
- Churches Together in Malmesbury
- Dyson Ltd.
- Sports Clubs
- Youth organisations
- High Street retailers
- Tuesday Club
- Athelstan House Care Home
If you want to find out more please contact Wiltshire Cll'r for Malmesbury, Simon Killane on 01666 823169. He commented that "the community of Malmesbury is not prepared to wait for others to tell them how their neighbourhoods should be planned. They have proactively engaged with Government and Wiltshire Council to demonstrate what true localism really means!"