DEVIZES AREA NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN
As the Wiltshire Core Strategy draws closer to its adoption, it has become more important than ever to ensure that the town develops its own neighbourhood plan to insure that it can maintain some influence over the location of future housing growth.
The three neighbouring parishes of Bishops Canning, Devizes and Roundway have agreed to come together to produce such a document. Whilst originally the Devizes Area Neighbourhood Plan was to encompass such issues as employment, transport, recreation and housing, the lodging of planning applications for large housing developments at Coate Road and Lay Wood has resulted in the document being focused solely on housing. Later iterations of the document may well go on to include other issues facing the town.
Following consultation with residents from each of the parishes and support by a scrutiny group comprising of stakeholders, the attached draft neighbourhood plan has been produced.
Before we can go any further, we want the document to go through a six week initial consultation period to ensure that it reflects local opinion before being put forward for formal consultation . Although the document must deliver a strategy that meets the Government’s housing target for the town, we hope you will agree that it does it in a way that tries to minimise the impact on the town’s already overburdened infrastructure.
We are seeking the support of the Devizes community and those who serve it and asking you to give your comments on the assessments and policies that have been set out within the plan. At the end of the consultation period, the Steering Group will assess the responses and where there are factual errors or there is a consensus to support policy amendments, make the necessary changes.
We are seeking views from a wide range of people before it is taken to the next stage. We would be grateful for any comments that you have on the attached response form by 10 am Monday 4 March 2014.
Finally, we would ask, even if you believe that some small amendments are needed to the plan, you give your view on whether or not the overarching principal and policies within the document form the basis of a sound Devizes Area Neighbourhood Plan to which you can support. If you feel you are unable to support the document, we would ask that you give a brief summary of your objection.
For further detail on any of the supporting documentation used to compile the plan or information on specific site, please visit www.devizesareaplan.org.uk.