Post Carnival Update

During the past month we have been busy with starting to talk to small groups of Parishioners in some identified focus groups; The Youth Club, Twenty to Thirty year olds, Thirty to Forty year old Commuters, Eighteen to Twenty-Four year olds and, most recently, Fifty to Sixty year olds. We have another couple of groups organised but are very keen to talk to as many Parishioners as possible so anyone who would like to share their visions and views of the future of Bromham.

We ran a stall at the Carnival and were pleased that so many people dropped by to find out what we are doing and to contribute ideas in response to the questions we posed. Any Neighbourhood Plan must reflect the thoughts and wishes of the parish residents. So your input is vital to the production of the document.

At our next committee meeting our aim is to compile and collate those views that we have gathered over the last weeks of conversations; both in the focus groups and at the carnival. Your views of what you don’t want are as important and valid as those things you would like. This isn’t just about compiling a “wish list” for the Parish. This is also about celebrating those things that are great and we don’t want to change as much as it is about managing the level of change (if any) that is wanted or needed.

Wiltshire County are sending out a rural housing needs survey to every household in the Parish, so you should receive one of these soon. Please complete and return it. If there is no feedback Wiltshire County Council will assume you have no views or opinions. It is very obvious already that you are passionate about Bromham!

We are working towards an open meeting where you will be able to discuss the results of these consultations and a decision made on the direction that the Neighbourhood Plan should take.

Update from the group


Who are the steering group?

We are all members of Bromham community and live in Bromham Parish.

What actions have we taken so far?

At first, our understanding was that this was primarily about future housing in the village which led to the land availability questionnaire in January. The returns were very low, (approx 6.4% ). Just a few individual sites around the Parish were offered, of no more than 4 houses. Not surprising really, as the majority of land in Bromham is owned by a few landowners, who were not directly approached. We have since learned when a couple of members attended a workshop held by Wiltshire Council, that this narrow outlook is not the recommended approach.

What is the revised focus for steering group?

We are now focused on finding out what is really important to residents of the parish and what we really want Bromham to be like in the next 15-20 years. We aim to form a vision that everyone can agree on, for example, “Bromham will be the best large village to live in Wiltshire in 2036”, based on what you tell us. Once we have a vision, we can develop objectives to reach this vision. We will be creating opportunities for us to listen to your views in the community engagement stage of the process.

How is the steering is group going to gather views?

Firstly, we are going to hold some small group sessions with local groups, eg, the Youth club, where we will ask a set of questions about living in Bromham and note down your replies. If you don’t belong to an organised group and still want to give us your views, we will hold an open session, where any resident is welcome to participate.

At Carnival Day, you will have an opportunity to talk to a member of the steering group and leave your views on the themes emerging from the group sessions. Additionally, a rural housing needs survey will be undertaken in June to ascertain the current need for housing in Bromham.

What will we do with all these views?

We will write up what we found out and combine this with existing data and surveys from Wiltshire Council. The report will be shared with residents, Parish Council and Wiltshire Council. At this point a decision will be made about the direction of the plan.

Focus Group Consultation


Members of the steering group are in the process of holding a number of focus group consultations with residents of the parish.  Volunteers for the groups are being sought from a number of organisations within the community, with the aim of covering all age ranges.

This consultation is targeted at:

  • Developing a sense of what makes Bromham Parish a special place
  • Determining what strengths we have as a community
  • Learning what difficulties there are in living in Bromham
  • Investigating the opportunities for making the parish an even better place to live
  • Considering how changes over the coming years may affect life here

Our overall aim at this stage is to understand where we are now and to develop a shared vision of how residents would like the parish to  be in twenty years time.

Workshop with Wiltshire Council

Just before Easter two members of the steering group attended a workshop at Wiltshire Council.  This was aimed at parishes just starting out in developing a Neighbourhood Plan.


The main lesson learned at the workshop was the importance of consultation with residents of the area, not just specific to future housing developments but more generally.  Following this workshop the steering group are seeking opinions and ideas from residents, with the initial aim of defining a vision of what Bromham should be like in 20 years time.  From this vision we can then start to form a set of objectives that can move us towards that vision.