Marlborough Neighbourhood Plan
The Marlborough Area Neighbourhood Plan gives our community a say on the type of development that takes place in Marlborough, Mildenhall, Preshute and Savernake.
It’s framed by the 2011 Localism Act and put together by the community and then approved through a referendum for local people. It could also influence affordable housing, local jobs, transport, and the environment. It will also need to take into account aspects such as surgery capacity, school places, other community facilities and infrastructure.
Our Neighbourhood Plan would run to 2036 and must be consistent with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and the Wiltshire Core Strategy and so provide for a balanced and sustainable approach to development in our Neighbourhood Plan area. It’s the only formal route for us all to be able to really influence the future shape of our local area.
You might have seen articles about the Plan in various issues of The Pump in recent years.
There is a lot of further information about our Neighbourhood Plan on the website: http://www.manp.co.uk/default.aspx
The Plan steering group held consultations when the plan project first started. People in Mildenhall said (along with those in the other parishes) that smaller and affordable homes in the parish should be a priority. The steering group contacted local land owners to see if they were willing to put land forward that might be used to build more housing in the village. Two sites were proposed. We held some consultation in the village hall on 24 July, to give more information on these suggested sites, as well as other aspects of the Plan, and to invite your views and comments.
Since then, two further sites have been suggested. The steering group felt that the village should have the opportunity to comment on these new sites. So a further consultation was held in the village hall, just before the recent Parish Council meeting.