Neighbourhood Plan accepted by Wiltshire Council

The Neighbourhood Plan has been accepted by Wiltshire Council and should be going out for Reg 16 shortly.


Neighbourhood Plan presented to Lydiard Millicent Parish Council

The Neighbourhood Plan was presented to Lydiard Millicent Parish Council at the meeting on Thursday 14th March for permission to submit the plan, with some presentational revisions, to Wiltshire Council for Reg 15, and Reg 16. The motion was passed unanimously. After some more work on the plan in conjunction with Wiltshire Council Planning Dept. the plan is expected to be submitted at the beginning of May.

The final countdown – views sought

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The pre-submission neighbourhood plan is now ready. The next stage is consultation – and an opportunity for you to have your say.

A copy of the consultation leaflet is available by clicking on the link above.

Mike Sharp, Chairman of the Steering Group, said “We have at last gone out to Consultation. This is a legal step we have to take on the route to getting our Plan passed by the inspector to allow us to have a referendum where you will be asked to vote on accepting the Neighbourhood Plan. After the consultation any amendments needed will be made, then it will be submitted to Wiltshire Council. If all goes well we would anticipate finalising the plan and going to referendum in March. A positive vote then means that our views have to be taken into consideration when Wiltshire Council determine planning applications.”

You can view a copy of the pre-submission plan here.

Comments must be in by 1st February 2019.

Consultation Drop in 17th March

Neighbourhood Plan
DROP IN 2.00pm UNTIL 5.00pm
The Neighbourhood Plan, when completed, becomes a document that the planning authority must take into consideration when deciding planning applications.
We will be at the Parish Hall, on 17th March from 2.00pm until 5.00pm for you to drop in see the draft plan, talk to the Steering Group, ask any questions you may have, and have a tea or coffee and biscuits, and get your views on the plan. Meanwhile, the draft plan can be viewed here.

Please give us your feedback on these questions



Answers can be written on the back of this leaflet, and left in boxes at the Drop-in, the Parish Hall, the Council Office at the Jubilee Club House, or in the Church porch.

Answers and comments can also be sent by email to


Message from the Chairman

This is a copy of the letter which will appear in the Lydiards Magazine.

Neighbourhood Plan
The Neighbourhood Plan, when completed, becomes a document that the planning authority must take into consideration when deciding planning applications. To bring it to completion there are several legal steps that we must take. The Steering Group have now brought our plan to the start of the legal steps. We have obtained a grant that will enable us to have the plan reviewed to make sure that it is legal and capable of being completed. We will also be holding a consultation over the next month to get your views on the plan. The draft plan can be viewed on our website or on the Council website A leaflet will soon be delivered to each house asking for your opinion and we will hold an event to talk to our group, view the plan, and ask any questions you may have. Please give us your feedback and we would appreciate anyone who could help with these last steps. We can be contacted through our website or at our next meeting on 6th March at JCH at 7.30
Mike Sharp
Chair, Lydiard Millicent Parish Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

Draft plan ready for SEA screening

The latest version of the neighbourhood plan will soon be ready to be sent to Wiltshire Council for SEA (Strategic Environmental Assessment) screening.

This is necessary to find out if the plan needs an SEA in accordance with the European Directive 2001/42/EC1 and associated Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004. This will be the case if the plan is likely to have significant environmental effects.

Compliance with these regulations is one of the basic conditions the plan must satisfy, and is another step on the way to getting the neighbourhood plan made.

The requirement for an SEA is more likely if the neighbourhood plan allocates sites for development – which have not already been appraised through the sustainability appraisal of the Local Plan. Purton recently obtained confirmation that it did not need an SEA, so we will have to wait on Wiltshire to see if they take a similar view of ours!