Neighbourhood Plan

By , April 8, 2014 11:00 am

DEVIZES AREA NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN GETS THE GO-AHEAD!

The Devizes Area Neighbourhood Plan (DANP) received overwhelming support on 17th September 2015 when over 90% of those who voted decided to vote ‘YES’ in favour of the Plan.

Wiltshire Council will now have to take the DANP into consideration when deciding planning applications. This provides Devizes and Bishops Cannings with an improved defence against developers who want to build large housing estates on greenfield sites on the outskirts of the town. Houses will still be built to fulfil the target set for Devizes, but the aim is to use up smaller, brownfield sites spread more evenly. These sites are either within the Settlement Framework Boundary or within a 20 minute walking distance of the Market Cross and have been consulted on widely in the local community. To see where these sites are and to view the DANP in full – go to www.devizesareaplan.org.uk.

THE CURRENT PLAN IS UNDER REVIEW. ROWDE PARISH COUNCIL DO NOT HAVE THEIR OWN PLAN AND NOW WISH TO BE INCLUDED. THIS WILL MEAN A NEW PLAN AREA WILL BE REGISTERED WITH WILTSHIRE COUNCIL AND A NEW PLAN MADE. THE CURRENT PLAN WILL STAND UNTIL THE NEW ONE IS ADOPTED.

THE RESULTS OF THE CONSULTATIONS HELD IN FEBRUARY HAVE BEEN ANALYSED AND THE PARISH COUNCIL HAS PRODUCED THE FOLLOWING DRAFT STRATEGIC PRIORITIES AS A RESULT:

  • To work with Devizes Town Council and Rowde Parish Council to identify suitable development sites within the area to meet future housing needs.
  • To maintain, protect and enhance the landscape setting of the Parish.  To improve the environment in which we live and so contribute to the wellbeing of residents.
  • To secure and manage sufficient accessible green open space to meet the recreational and leisure needs of residents, promoting a healthy lifestyle.
  • To protect the distinct identities of individual settlements within the Parish, preventing built areas coalescing by establishing well defined green buffers. Through good design of the urban fringe, blend the built environment seamlessly with the surrounding countryside.
  • To improve the connectivity and usability of the local footpath network.

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