Neighbourhood planning is a new way for people to decide the future of the places where
they live and work.

You may have seen in the news that the Government is keen for more housing to be built in the coming years. County Councils all around the country will be expected to oversee the building of houses in their areas, and Wiltshire Council is no exception.

Rather than simply impose new development sites, the Government, via the Localism Act 2011, has given communities the opportunity to be actively involved in deciding what they want and what they don’t. Neighbourhood Development Plans are the means by which communities such as ours have the opportunity to express their thoughts and wishes. As we mentioned on our Home Page, to date, over 1,400 communities around the country have started the process of building their Neighbourhood Development Plan.

The Plan is not limited to the development of housing. It’s an opportunity to look at local business and leisure needs, too.

In building a Plan for Hullavington, we are looking at the next 20 years. Our expectation is that it may take two or three years to agree a Plan with Wiltshire Council.

Neighbourhood Planning is, by necessity, a complex business, but there’s lots of great information on Wiltshire Council’s website. Have a look at our Links page, which will easily take you to the Council’s pages if you’d like to learn more.

As time passes and the construction of our Plan progresses, we’ll post more on this website to explain a little more about the stage we are at and the legislation which applies to what we are doing. In the meantime, we hope that this brief introduction to Neighbourhood Planning is helpful.