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Urchfont, Wedhampton and Lydeway Neighbourhood Plan Information Statement
A Referendum relating to the Urchfont, Wedhampton and Lydeway Neighbourhood Plan will be held on Thursday 20th April 2017.
The question which will be asked in the Referendum is ‘Do you want Wiltshire Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Urchfont, Wedhampton and Lydeway to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?’
The Referendum area is identified on the map which is included with this information statement. The Referendum area reflects the area that has been designated as the Urchfont, Wedhampton and Lydeway 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’squalifying address is, in relation to a person registered in the register of electors, the address inrespect of which he or she is entitled to be soregistered.
The Referendum will be conducted in accordance with procedures which are similar to those used at local government elections.
A copy of the specified documents, that is those documents listed below, may be inspected during normal opening hours at:
Urchfont Community Shop, High St, Urchfont, SN104QU
Devizes Library, Sheep Street, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN101DL
County Hall Trowbridge, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA148JN
The specified documents are:-
The Referendum Version Urchfont, Wedhampton and Lydeway NeighbourhoodPlan;
The report of the independent examiner into the draft NeighbourhoodPlan;
Copies of the written representations submitted to the independentexaminer;
A Decision Statement of the Local Planning Authority’s satisfaction that the draft 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 CompulsoryPurchase Act2004;
A statement that sets out general information as to town and country planningincluding neighbourhood planning and thereferendum;
Map of the Urchfont, Wedhampton and Lydeway Neighbourhood Plan area and Referendum area.
This information has been provided by:
Dr Carlton Brand, Counting Officer, Wiltshire Council, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge BA14 8JN
The following documents are available on this website:
Background Supporting Documents:
Log of Changes
The Localism Act 2012 gives communities the right to develop Neighbourhood Plans for their areas.
Both Urchfont and Wedhampton have Conservation Area Statements which were produced in 2002. Indeed Urchfont was the subject of the first Conservation Area Statement in Wiltshire. Urchfont is an appropriate location for limited further development which should help to sustain facilities and, where possible, enhance them for the benefit of both residents and visitors to the Parish. The community has though endorsed the protection of the identity of the Parish as a special place to inhabit and enjoy. A Neighbourhood Plan will give the community more control over future development in the Parish. It will also provide the Parish Council with funds to help develop facilities within the Parish.
When the Localism Bill was first launched, residents decided to start research for a Neighbourhood Plan and a Steering Group was formed to undertake research. Members of the Group made studies of the housing stock across the Parish and of its existing clubs & societies. Recent work includes a Housing Needs Survey and an analysis of 2011 census information. In addition they have requested detail from infrastructure providers to check what spare capacity they may have. This has resulted in a body of evidence which will support decisions made in a Neighbourhood Plan.
The Parish has now received approval to produce a Neighbourhood Plan. This plan will address issues which it holds to be of paramount importance for a special community which has always been known as a place which takes pride in ‘getting things done‘. The Steering Group believe a Development Plan will give residents an exciting opportunity to protect, improve and develop the Parish together with having a larger degree of influence over how new buildings and facilities should look.
To date the Steering Group have undertaken two written consultations which were delivered to all houses in the Parish (and responses to the first consultation were received from approximately 35% of dwellings). In addition they have undertaken for public consultations concerning the development of the Neighbourhood Plan.
Wiltshire Council has also undertaken a Housing Needs Survey in the Parish which has now been adopted. Again this survey involved paper consultation is being undertaken with all residents in the Parish.
A Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report has also been produced.