Update for June 2019


The neighbourhood planning group has been busy collating the responses from its ‘call for sites’, thank you for your submissions. These will be invaluable for the group’s plan when engaging professional help in the form of a consultant to help move this worthwhile project forward. With this in mind, we have been out to tender to four different specialist planning consultants and we are delighted to say that after much deliberation we have instructed a consultant whom we feel will be best suited for our situation.

At our last meeting we were pleased to meet with another steering group member from a neighbouring village who kindly shared their experience with us. This proved to be incredibly worthwhile and will surely help us with key decisions moving forward.

Before our next meeting we also have representatives from our steering group attending a neighbourhood planning workshop at Wiltshire Council. This should keep us well informed of any updates to the Wiltshire Local Plan Review and help us with key parts of the neighbourhood planning process.

Prior to our first official meeting with the consultants we would welcome any ideas people may have with respect to particular housing needs in the village and this could be extended to other community, greenspace or infrastructure ideas.

Update for March 2019


Your Neighbourhood Planning Group are still seeking potential sites for development within the parish. The current ‘Call for Sites’ will close at the end of April 2019, to give the group a defined list of potential sites to assess. If you have any land that you wish to be considered then please get in touch by then.

We are currently attempting to engage professional assistance, initially to ensure that the site assessment process is conducted fairly and to the benefit of the parish residents, then to create a draft Neighbourhood Plan.

Update for February 2019


As advised last month, your Neighbourhood Planning Group walked the seven sites already identified by Wiltshire Council as potential development areas, that were within or adjacent to the settlement area of Bromham. These sites varied in size from 0.08ha to 18.5ha. Each site will be initially assessed against the findings from the village housing needs survey (this was circulated within the Parish Magazine last summer).

The housing needs survey highlighted an initial requirement, above all other categories, for affordable homes. A total of 14 new homes has emerged as being the number currently being required within our Parish over the next three years. This number influences how the assessment of development sites will be managed for not only the current need, but also the potential capability for future need over 15-20 years’ time. As a result we would reiterate our call to any village landowners to make it known if they are considering the potential to develop some of their land, noting this call is Parish wide.

Update for January 2019

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On December 10th a presentation by representatives of the Community Led Housing team from Wiltshire Council was held, prior to the monthly Parish Council meeting. It was a very useful exercise and has given the Steering Group and Parish Council much food for thought. It is likely that a Community Led initiative for the village may be the best way to provide the required numbers of affordable homes, as identified in the Bromham Rural Housing Needs Survey. The Community Led Housing team from the Council have already been in touch, since the New Year break, offering their help and expertise.

In early January members of the Neighbourhood Planning Group walked around the village and examined the sites already identified by Wiltshire Council as future potential development sites. The assessment of such sites is one of the primary steps in the development of the plan, and our conclusions will be incorporated into the draft plan. There is a nationally set list of guidelines for us to use in order to help us reach our conclusions. Wiltshire Council representatives are also able to guide us with these criteria.

As mentioned previously; we are very keen to hear from any village landowners who may be contemplating future building plans. This call for sites is so that we can include any forthcoming development into the neighbourhood plan.

Update for November


The steering group has now submitted the application for Bromham Parish to be designated as a neighbourhood area, and this has been approved.  This establishes the boundary within which we can influence future development. With this in mind, the feedback from various focus groups has been invaluable in shaping the overall plan, as this must be based on the wishes of the parish residents and not on the opinions of the steering group.

We would like to thank those who attended the Nape’s Cakes meeting, we had a good amount of positive feedback and ideas for the future, with the overall theme remaining consistent to findings of previous focus groups. This contributes to the confidence we have in our approach with it being evidence based and led by community engagement. For those who could not make the Nape’s Cake’s meeting and would like to contribute to the discussion we would welcome your views by way of email, social media or comments left on the website.

The next step for the group will be seeking potential professional expertise to prepare a draft neighbourhood plan. This process will involve identifying areas of land for housing and/or economic development in accordance with the Wiltshire Core Strategy and to also outline specific requirements for development, including characteristics such as design and density. This is also where we form distinct local policies to help meet the specific issues and needs identified through the scoping exercise. To help us in this process we will again be looking for fresh community engagement in the form of public meetings and community groups.

Update for October 2018


The team is now moving towards producing and submitting a Scoping Report for the parish that is to say the objectives, priorities, and vision on which the Neighbourhood Plan will be based. This report will reflect the feedback we have had from our meetings with the residents of the Parish, because as we have stressed the plan must be based on the wishes of the parish residents and not the opinions of the steering group.

This report is to be approved by formal submission to Wiltshire Council. However there is still some work ongoing with our planning, in particular defining the much requested need for affordable housing. We have just received a draft of the Housing Needs Survey report and so now have figures for the number of affordable homes likely to be needed. This means we can move on to consider potential sites for new housing, and how such housing will be funded – for instance via a Community Led Housing scheme, 

Since the commencement of the formation of the Steering Group we now have about half the number members, and in particular it is with sadness to the steering group that our Chairlady, Catherine Read, announced she will be joining her husband while he is on secondment overseas. Her hard work to keep the group focused will be missed but we wish her luck. However we are determined to complete the work started and as ever welcome your views.

Update for August 2018


A very big thank you to all participants that have contributed to the focus group sessions held during the past months. This is an ongoing process and over the next month or so we will continue to reach out to as broad a cross section of our community as possible. The key aspect of a Neighbourhood Plan is that it must involve community engagement to ensure that the resulting objective, priorities and vision reflect the views of the community, hence we must be transparent in the way we have been obtaining our evidence gathering.

We have reviewed the findings to date and have started to collate the comments. Themes are emerging and it is interesting to note that we are finding common threads throughout all various focus group meetings held so far.

A draft “scoping document” based on this evidence is being formulated, pulling together the objectives, priorities and vision for our Parish community. The emerging themes are: Community/Social, Landscape and Amenity, Transport & Infrastructure and Housing. In particular the latter has shown an overwhelming need for affordable housing both for the young and elderly, or those with affordable family home needs. One aspect we shall be pursuing with regard to the latter theme will be to investigate the opportunity to provide affordable housing through a Community-led Housing scheme, an emerging Government supported initiative.  Community-led housing allows local people to play a leading role in solving housing problems, creating affordable homes and strong communities in ways that are difficult to achieve through mainstream housing.  It is a broad movement encompassing a range of approaches, including Community Land Trusts (CLTs), cooperatives, co-housing, self-help housing and group self-build, and can involve new build, regeneration or the use of existing buildings. We would welcome any thoughts or comments you have in this respect.

To ensure our “scoping document” is following prescribed protocols and to provide us with the comfort of knowledge we have undertaken the initial elements correctly, the draft has been presented to an officer from Wiltshire Council’s Planning Department. This Officer attended our last committee meeting and initial verbal comments were very favourable. We took away some key ideas to help us into the next stage which will culminate in an initial open Parish meeting where we shall present your ‘vision’.