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Neighbourhood Plan

What is neighbourhood planning?

Neighbourhood planning 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, have their say on what those new buildings should look like and what infrastructure should be provided, and grant planning permission for the new buildings they want to see go ahead. Neighbourhood planning provides a powerful set of tools for local people to ensure that they get the right types of development for their community where the ambition of the neighbourhood is aligned with the strategic needs and priorities of the wider local area.

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Progress Update on Southwick’s Neighbourhood Development Plan. 

Southwick’s Neighbourhood Development Plan is really beginning to take shape,After five months of very hard work, our plan is roughly a third of the way complete.In this respect, the Steering Group have delivered the following important stages of the plan:

  • Scoping Research - which provides an array of factual material on topics such

    as education, employment, services, amenities and ecology.

  • Housing Needs Survey - this shows the type and number of additional

    housing needed locally. 

  • Landscape Gap Surveys - required to help ensure Southwick retains its

    village identity.

  • Site Survey Reports - although nothing has been decided yet, these reports

    will possibly help form the basis of sites being considered for future housing

    development in the village.

This level of progress so far on the plan has been considerably better than average. But we want to keep the momentum going and deliver the entire plan as quickly and as efficiently as possible.

Now that the Steering Group have all the facts and figures needed to move forward, our next challenge is to commence a three week Consultation Period, followed by a series of public Consultation Events. We intend to begin this process from Monday 26th March.

As part of this process, you will be receiving a simple Questionnaire to complete. This will give you the opportunity to express exactly what you like about Southwick and the things that you would like to change. The Questionnaire is easy to complete and will be available in paper and electronic formats.

Please remember that the Neighbourhood Development Plan is not all about housing, although that is obviously an important element of the plan. The Neighbourhood Plan can also encompass issues such as traffic volumes, lack of medical facilities, cycle pathways and much, much more. 

So, please keep an eye out for the Questionnaire. It really is your chance to have your say.

Many thanks for reading.

John Eaton, Chair Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group.


Neighbourhood Development Plan Steering Committee - New Members Wanted

We have made some really good progress with the Neighbourhood Plan during recent months and we will soon be undertaking full Community Engagement. 
Initially this will be in the form of a detailed Questionnaire, which will ask you for your thoughts as to what you like about Southwick, what you don’t like and what you would like to change. 
The Questionnaire will be made available both in paper and electronic formats and will be with you very soon.

Now is also the time for more members of the community to join the NDP Steering Committee. 
We are looking to further develop the group so that it is representative of all sections of our community, either by age group, location, etc. 
In this respect, we are particularly interested to hear from members of the local business community.

If being part of an exciting development opportunity appeals and you want to be part of a group intent on delivering a great plan for Southwick, please do get in contact with me in the first instance (

Neighbourhood Development Plan - Vision

By 2026 Southwick will have retained its landscape setting, including physical separation from Trowbridge and its own rural character. The Parish will be cleaner and, where possible, provide a quality habitats for nature and help conserve local wildlife.

Development will have been controlled to provide necessary housing appropriate in type and scale to its location in a large village as set out in the Wiltshire Core Strategy. The design of new development will be of a good quality and feature renewable energy and climate change adaption technologies.

Local facilities will have been improved, including shops, recreational opportunities and open space. There will be a better maintained transport network including foot and cycle paths, speeding vehicles will have been reduced and pedestrian safety improved.

The Parish will have secured benefits from the right type and scale of development, in terms of the provision of better infrastructure and urban enhancement to match the wishes of the community.

Neighbourhood Development Plan - Objectives

1) To create a sustainable Southwick; one where development is balanced by improvements in facilities and infrastructure.

2) To protect the local environment, especially the rural landscape, historic buildings and wildlife habitats.

3) To preserve and enhance a separate village identity from Trowbridge and improve transport linkages.

4) To enhance recreational and leisure facilities of the village for all age groups.

5) To provide the housing that the community wants and needs, at a scale no larger than is appropriate for a large village, in developments of small to moderate size in the locations it approves, in particular to meet the needs of first time buyers and growing families.

6) To improve the village environment and public realm by appropriate enhancements to landscaping and existing urban features, including street furniture, provision of new green open spaces and enhancement of existing ones, including new tree planting.

7) To tackle transport problems, including parking, public transport and the necessary improvements to footpaths and pavements. To ensure that new developments improve transport sustainability rather than make it worse.

8) To ensure that new development does not add to existing flooding problems and where possible, it improves the current situation for existing as well as new buildings.

9) To ensure good, locally relevant and distinctive design in all new development.

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