Councillor Peter Pearson, Chairman of Corsham Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group
‘We are embracing the opportunity to have more say in how our town develops over the coming years. For far too long we have had little say in what happens in the town; how many and what kind of houses are built where; what industrial/commercial/retail development we want and need for jobs, or how our environment and heritage can best be protected and improved. There is much to do and we can only be successful with the help and support of the community.’
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This is an important opportunity for our community to shape and influence development and redevelopment that will take place in the Corsham area over the next ten to fifteen years, ensuring that it is appropriate to our needs and aspirations.
Neighbourhood planning is a new way for communities to decide the future of the places where they live and work. The Localism Act 2011 introduces new permissive rights for local communities to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan, shifting decision making from central government to communities and their councils.
A Neighbourhood Plan can establish general planning policies for the development and use of land in a defined neighbourhood area. The Plan might specify, for example, where new homes and offices should be built, and what they look like. The Plan could also set a vision for the future, and be detailed or general depending on what local people want.
The Town Council is leading a Steering Group in the preparation of the Neighbourhood Plan, demonstrating a wide representation from the community to ensure that there is a balance of interests so that social, environmental and economic interests are represented. The idea behind Neighbourhood Plans is that they are community-led. Our Steering Group is working in consultation with Corsham residents, businesses, local organisations and neighbouring parish councils. Our community members are welcome to be actively involved in the plan-making process, ensuring that the Neighbourhood Plan provides a broad representation of the community as a whole.