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NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN

 

 

PURTON NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN REFERENDUM

STATEMENT BY PURTON PARISH COUNCIL

THURSDAY 1ST NOVEMBER 2018

A referendum relating to the Purton Neighbourhood Plan will be held on Thursday 1st November 2018

The question asked in the referendum will be ‘Do you want Wiltshire Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Purton to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?’

Wiltshire Council has published an Information Statement to support the neighbourhood plan referendum.  The Information Statement along with the following specified documents are available to view and download here (click on link to open):

The referendum version of the Purton Neighbourhood Plan;
Referendum Information Statement;
Decision Statement of the Local Planning Authority’s satisfaction that the draft Purton Neighbourhood Plan meets the basic conditions specified by statute and complies with the provision made by or under Sections 38A and 38B of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004;
Report of the independent examiner into the draft Purton Neighbourhood Plan

Supporting Documentation:

Purton ~ Planning for the Future (December 2017)
Purton Basic Condition Statement (January 2018)
Strategic Environmental Assessment Screening Report (January 2018.)
Purton Neighbourhood Plan Regulation 14 Statement of Consultation (2017)
Purton Neighbourhood Plan Second Statement of Consultation (2017)
Purton Neighbourhood Plan Statement of Consultation (2016)
Purton Parish Plan (2014)
Transforming Purton Parish (2013)
Purton Neighbourhood Area Decision Report

Hard copies of these documents may be viewed at the following locations :

Purton Parish Council Offices, Village Hall, Station Road, Purton, SN5 4AJ

Purton Library, 1 High Street, Purton, Swindon, SN5 4AA

Purton Doctors Surgery, High Street, Purton, Swindon, SN5 4BD

The Bell, Purton Stoke, Purton, Swindon, SN5 9JG

Taylor Wimpey Site Office, Ridgeway Farm and Moulden View, Purton

Wiltshire Council, County Hall, Trowbridge, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge, BA14 8JN

 

The Notices and further information will also be available on the Wiltshire Council website at:

http://elections.wiltshire.gov.uk/Home/Forthcoming

http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/planning-neighbourhood

The referendum area is identified on the map which is included in the documents Purton Basic Condition Statement and Purton Neighbourhood Area Decision Report above.  The referendum area reflects the area that has been designated as the Purton Neighbourhood Area.

A person is entitled to vote in the referendum if:

He or she is entitled to vote in an election of any Councillor of Wiltshire Council whose area is in the referendum area; and
His or her qualifying address for the election is in the referendum area. A person’s qualifying address is, in relation to a person registered in the register of electors, the address in respect of which he or she is entitled to be so registered.

 

Background ~ Why a Neighbourhood Plan

A neighbourhood plan is our chance to have a say in the future of our parish.  It is a powerful tool for shaping the development and growth of a local area.

Until the Localism Act in 2011, it was almost impossible for local communities such as ours to have a say in the planning matters that shape the place where we live.  The Localism Act gives local communities the opportunity to develop a shared vision for their Neighbour Area and to shape the development and growth of their local area.

Neighbourhood Plans are developed from within the community, and provided they achieve necessary legislative milestones, they become “made” and are used by the Local Planning Authority in determining planning applications and making policy.  Neighbourhood Plans have to be prepared in accordance with the Local Planning Authority’s adopted Local Development Plan, in this case the Wiltshire Core Strategy (WCS), adopted 20 January 2015.

They also have to follow the National Planning Policy Framework 2012 (NPPF) which sets out the structure for the planning of sustainable development.  The WCS is the strategic plan for Wiltshire, and provides both generic and place-based policies to guide development.  The WCS provides the local context for the neighbourhood plan whose policies and proposals must be in general conformity with its policies. 

The Neighbourhood Plan offers the specific, place-based detail to show the type of development that local people would like to see, and shows the appropriate locations for this.

In 2013, the Parish Council decided that we should have a neighbourhood plan and under the auspices of Wiltshire Council, we came together with six other parishes in the Royal Wootton Bassett and Cricklade Community Area to develop a joint Neighbourhood Plan under the Governments “Front Runner Scheme”.  The group was North East Wiltshire Villages (New-V).

The first consultations were undertaken during 2013.  It started with drop in workshops in February 2013 followed later by an online survey which ran for 12 weeks up to September 2013.  The feedback from the workshops and the online survey provided the basis to determine what parishioners wanted to see in our Neighbourhood Plan.

However, with the increasing pressure for development in the parish, the Parish Council decided at the beginning of 2016 year to take our plan forward independently with the aim to complete it by the end of 2016.

In February the Parish Council applied to Wiltshire Council for the neighbourhood area to be predesignated to allow Purton to have its own separate plan.  The designation for Purton went out to consultation on the 27 June 2016 and, after untangling the legalities of separating out Purton from New-V, was approved by Wiltshire Council in December last year (2016).

The first version of Purton’s Neighbourhood Plan was published on the Parish Council website in October last year (2016) and was sent to Wiltshire Council for comment.  Comments received from parishioners and Wiltshire Council were incorporated into the draft Plan ready for the Informal Consultation held at the beginning of this year (2017).

The Informal Consultation was open to all parishioners and with walk-in sessions on the evening of Wednesday, 25 January and the afternoon of Sunday, 5 February at the Village Hall in the centre of Purton.  These two events were publicised through the parish council website, the parish magazine, banners in the village, a leaflet drop across the parish and within local networks.

The responses and comments received from this consultation, which also included comments from two developers for sites in the locality, were reviewed and appropriate changes identified have been incorporated into the latest version of the plan.  The latest version of the Plan including the supporting documentation and a Statement on the second consultation are available above.

After the completion of the formal consultation in accordance with Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulation 2012 and the feedback from the consultation is incorporated into the Plan, it will be sent to Wiltshire Council.  They will appoint a Planning Inspector to review the Plan.  When completed, a final version of the Neighbourhood Plan will be produced which will then be subject to a Referendum in which all residents in the parish will be able to vote on the Plan.

 

Ray Thomas

Chair of Purton Parish Council


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