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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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Draft Southwick Neighbourhood Development Plan 2018 - 2036

Regulation 16 Consultation

Wiltshire Council is currently consulting on the proposed Draft Southwick Neighbourhood

Development Plan, which has been formally submitted by Southwick Parish Council.

Following this consultation the comments received will be passed to an independent examiner who will consider the representations and recommend whether the Neighbourhood Development Plan should be put to a community referendum.

The consultation starts on Monday 22nd February 2021 and responses must be received no later than 5pm on Monday 12th April 2021.

Please be aware that all representations will be publicly available and may also appear on the Wiltshire Council website.

Further information including the submitted draft neighbourhood plan and how to comment can be found online via

Where possible, please provide any comments using the Consultation Portal. Alternatively an editable representation form can be downloaded from the Supporting Files section on the consultation portal, and completed forms can either be emailed to or sent by post to:

Spatial Planning Team

Economic Development and Planning

Wiltshire Council County Hall Bythesea Road Trowbridge

BA14 8JN

If you have no access to the internet and you wish to view the Draft Neighbourhood Development Plan, a copy can be sent to you on request by calling neighbourhood planning on 01225 713598 or 770354.

Following this consultation, the comments received will be passed to an independent examiner, to be appointed by the council, who will consider the representations and recommend whether the Neighbourhood Development Plan should be put to a community referendum.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Spatial Planning on Tel: 01225

713598 or by email to


Posted on 17 Feb 2021 by geoff edwards
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Just to advise that the Parish Council met on Thursday 14th January, approving the most recent draft of the Neighbourhood Development Plan, plus associated documentation. All of these documents, plus redacted responses to the Statutory Public Consultation can be found at:

At the request of the Parish Council, all required documents are to be collated and forwarded to Wiltshire Council to progress Southwick’s Plan to Reg16.

Thank you to all who have contributed to Southwick’s Plan.

Kind regards

Southwick Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group.

Posted on 17 Jan 2021 by geoff edwards
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Update: Southwick’s Neighbourhood Development Plan

Dear All,

Just an update with regard to progress on Southwick’s Neighbourhood Development Plan

The Statutory Consultation ended on 19th October and since then, our consultants, together with AECOM, have been working through individual responses and making amendments to the Plan and associated documents (Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA) & Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)) accordingly. This is a time consuming process that will hopefully be completed some time this month (December).

As soon as our consultants have finished their work, the revised draft documentation, along with the Consultation Statement will be submitted to the Steering Group for review/approval.

All documents will then be submitted to the Parish Council for endorsement before being made publically available on the dedicated Neighbourhood Planning website.

It was hoped that we would be in the position of publicising revised documentation before now.  Sadly, we have been precluded from doing so, due to the volume of responses received and the amount of work required.

We also intended to place an article in the December edition of the Village Newsletter. However, we were not in a position to meet the 15th November submission cut-off date for reason’s stated above.

Kind regards

Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group.

Posted on 15 Dec 2020 by geoff edwards
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How to Complete the NP Public Consultation Comments Form.

Please see below, instructions on 'how to' find and complete the Public Consultation Comments Form.
Go to
Select 'NPSG Consultation Material and Information' from the Home page (via selection criteria, top right hand corner)
Then select NDP_R14_Comment Form.pdf from the next page.

Once completed, please follow the instructions on the Comments Form and return by email or post to the Southwick Parish Clerk. Contact details below:

By e-mail to:
Or alternatively post to:
Southwick Parish Clerk.
April Rise,
81 Studland Park,
BA13 3H

Data Protection.

PLEASE NOTE: Your personal details will not be published as part of the consultation response, but anonymous comments will not be actioned so please provide personal details to accompany your comments. Communication regarding progress of the Plan and amendments to be made will be publicised. No individual responses will be given.

Southwick Parish Council have a duty to protect personal information and will process personal data in accordance with Data Protection legislation. The personal data you provide on this form will only be used for the purpose of the Southwick Neighbourhood Plan. The data will be stored on computer and/or manual files. You have a right to a copy of your information held by any organisation, with some exemptions. This data will be passed on to Wiltshire Council for the Regulation 16 Consultation. To gain access to your personal data held by Southwick Parish Council please contact the Parish Clerk – as above.

Posted on 30 Aug 2020 by geoff edwards
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Southwick Neighbourhood Plan – Notice of Statutory Public Consultation

Southwick Parish Council have now produced a Pre-Submission Draft Neighbourhood Plan.

The consultation period will run for 8 weeks from Monday 10th August to Monday 5th October 2020.Update: the consultation period has been increased  from 8 weeks to 10 weeks - 19th October 2020.

Copies of the documents listed can be found on the website –

  • Southwick Pre-Submission NDP.
  • AECOM SEA Screening Report December 2019 
  • AECOM SEA June 2020 
  • AECOM HRA June 2020 
  • AECOM Site Options Analysis March 2020 
  • Southwick Issues Report January 2020 
  • Southwick Site Selection Report April 2020 
  • Southwick Parish Housing Needs Survey 2018 
  • Southwick Landscape Gap Analysis Report 

Details of how to respond are also on the website.

Responses must be received by midnight:  Monday 5th October 2020  Update: Monday 19th October 2020                 

On publication of the Plan, all responses will be published in the accompanying Consultation Statement.

Please let us know if you have any queries: Contact person – Nicola Duke Tel. 07971987806

Southwick PC

Posted on 02 Aug 2020 by geoff edwards
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With the support of the local community, Southwick Parish Council, as the qualifying body, has

established a Steering Group to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan for Southwick.

The Neighbourhood Plan will set out a vision for the future of the Parish and has planning policies and aims, which if passed at referendum, will be adopted by Wiltshire Council and used to determine planning applications locally.   

In support of the Neighbourhood Plan and to help Southwick meet its future housing needs, the Steering Group has recently completed a Call for Sites Exercise.

You are now invited to give your views on each of the sites put forward in the Call for Sites exercise.

To be absolutely clear, we are not asking you to select sites for potential development purposes at this stage.  We would just like to receive your feedback in terms of the virtues and potential issues that you associate with each site

A map showing the location of all the sites together with a brief Questionnaire can be found inside the October edition of Village News

The Steering Group will also be hosting an Information Event during the weekend of 12th & 13th October at the Southwick Primary School Hall.

At this Event you will be able to:

  • Ask questions about each of the sites.
  • Better understand Southwick’s Social and Affordable Housing Needs.
  • Find out more about Southwick’s Landscape Gap policy.
  • Learn more on the impacts of the Trowbridge Bat Mitigation Strategy (TBMS).
  • Submit your completed Questionnaires.

If you are unable to make it to the October Event, Questionnaires can be completed online at:


Southwick Neighbourhood Development Plan Steering Group

Posted on 02 Oct 2019 by geoff edwards
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The Parish Council, as the qualifying body, has established a Steering Group to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan for the Parish of Southwick, with the help of the local community.  The Plan will set out a vision for the future of the Parish and has planning policies and aims, which if passed at referendum, will be adopted by Wiltshire Council and used to determine planning applications locally.  Residents, landowners and local businesses are now invited to give their views on the following documents that have been prepared as part of the evidence base for the Plan.

Consultation will take place over a four-week period, beginning on Monday 15th July 2019 and ending on Monday 12th August 2019.

Copies of the documents can be viewed at and commented at Southwick Village Hall, Frome Road, Southwick, Wiltshire BA14 9QN

Alternatively, you can download the documents from the Southwick Parish Council website (draft documents above) and submit comments by email to the Neighbourhood Plan consultant or by post to Southwick NDP, Fowler Architecture & Planning Ltd, 19 High Street, Pewsey, Wiltshire SN9 5AF

Posted on 14 Jul 2019 by geoff edwards
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Southwick Neighbourhood Plan: Call for Sites

As part of the Southwick Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP), it is important for the Steering Group to consider the merits of making site allocations for development at the ‘Large Village’ of Southwick in order to help meet local needs of settlements and to improve employment opportunities, services and facilities. The Steering Group are therefore undertaking a new ‘Call for Sites’ to enable landowners and developers in the parish who have an interest in promoting their land (in whole or in part) for development.

A Parish Housing Needs Survey undertaken by Wiltshire Council on behalf of the Parish Council has recommended that 8 affordable homes are required in the parish for those households unable to afford accommodation on the open market, with specific recommendations for the tenure and size of units. We are therefore looking for sites that will help us reach this target, either through a mix of affordable housing and open market housing or through exception sites of only affordable housing. We would also welcome details of land that you may wish to see taken forward to provide wider community benefit such as designated space for health facilities.

This is an opportunity for landowners and developers to propose sites within the designated Southwick Neighbourhood Area for development. This exercise will not in itself decide whether a site would be allocated for development by the NDP, nor will it commit the proposer(s) to applying for planning consent, but it will enable the Steering Group to better understand the availability and suitability of land to meet the needs and wishes of the electors within its area.

If you are a landowner or developer and wish your land to be considered for allocation by Southwick NDP for development up to 2026, please complete the following form. Please return the form, together with a map clearly identifying the boundary of the site with any supporting evidence to the NDP Lead Consultant by 17.00 on Friday 28thth June:

Aaron Smith, Fowler Architecture and Planning, 19 High Street, Pewsey, Wiltshire SN9 5AF, or email:

In completing the form please:

  • use a separate form for each site, or part of site
  • complete the form as comprehensively as possible
  • submit sites that are likely to become available for development or redevelopment and deliver the use before the end of the plan period (2026)
  • submit sites that could accommodate more than one dwelling.

Do not submit sites that:

  • already have planning permission for development unless different proposals are identified
  • are outside of the designated Southwick Neighbourhood Area

Site submission form

For a site to be considered the form must:

  • include details of the person submitting the site, the landowner and the appropriate contact
  • be accompanied by a map clearly detailing the boundaries of the site
  • be legible

Please also submit any supporting technical information that you consider it would assist the NDP Steering Group consider the suitability and delivery of the site and your specific proposal(s).

Details of person/s submitting the site for consideration







Telephone number


E-mail address


What is your interest in the land?


Details of Landowner





Telephone Number




Contact details





Telephone number


E-mail address


Site details

Site name


Site address


Site Postcode


Is the site in multiple or single ownership?


Current and previous use of the land


Is there any relevant planning history associated with the site?


Estimated site area (ha)


Potential constraints to development

By identifying such constraints, they may be able to be addressed and development realised sooner than otherwise

Are there any physical constraints (such as topology, pylons, marshland, or access to utilities) that would limit development?


Is there direct access to the land from the primary road network?


If not, has the cost of access been considered and if so, is the site still economically viable?


Is the land contaminated?


Are there any covenants on the land, which may prevent development?


Does the site have ransom strips?


Are there any factors that might make part/all of the site unavailable for development?


Is there any known developer interest on the site?


Has the economic viability of the land been assessed by a developer? If so, what was the outcome?


Are there any other issues that the council should be aware of that are not identified above?


Has work been undertaken to consider how these constraints may be overcome? If so please explain and provide copies of any technical reports to demonstrate how the constraints can be overcome.


By identifying this site, you are giving permission for a member of the NDP steering group (or consultants) to access the site to ascertain suitability. Are there any access issues, if so please provide a contact number below?

Phone number for access


Ambitions for the site

Please detail the proposed uses for the site and the scale of this development, provide as much detail as possible.

Residential (please tick)


Other uses (please tick and specify use)


If the site is proposed for residential use, how many dwellings are considered to be appropriate?


What type(s) and numbers of housing are considered to be appropriate and how many units are anticipated in the following categories?

  1. Open market housing
  1. Custom / Self-build
  1. Affordable Rent
  1. Social Rent
  1. Discounted market sales housing
  1. Starter homes
  1. Other affordable routes to home ownership
  1. Sheltered housing for older people

If housing is proposed, would you consider providing suitable, adaptable and accessible homes for older people?


If the site is proposed for other uses, how much floorspace and how many units are proposed?


How many dwellings are anticipated to be developed on an annual basis (from 1 April to 31 March)?















Please provide any comments on the proposed delivery timetable.


Other comments


Please do not hesitate to contact Fowler Architecture & Planning Ltd on 01672 569444 should you have any questions on how to complete this form.

Posted on 17 May 2019 by geoff edwards
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Awaiting Update on new material

Older material removed to file

Posted on 31 Mar 2019 by geoff edwards
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