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A DRAFT Neighbourhood Plan for Seend has been launched this month with the parish council wanting to hear your feedback.
Carola Thorpe on behalf of the Seend Parish Neighbourhood Plan steering group said, “The plan was launched on Saturday 15th February at the Pavilion, and over the following six weeks between 15th February and 28th March all of you who live, work or run a business in Seend parish have the opportunity to give us any comments you have.
“Our Neighbourhood Plan needs your feedback so we can complete the plan and submit it to Wiltshire Council before the final referendum.
“You don’t need to respond to the whole plan; there may be areas of specific interest to you. All comments made during the consultation period will be reviewed and, if necessary responded to, and amendments may be made.
“The Seend Neighbourhood Draft Plan sets out a vision for our parish over the next 10 years, with objectives for what the community wants to achieve in order to make the vision a reality in terms of planning.
“The main part of the plan is the ‘planning policies’, which link to the objectives. Neighbourhood Plan policies can only influence development that requires a planning application. Our parish Neighbourhood Plan draft also includes a practical projects section, such as improvements to the footpaths, highway safety, pedestrian safety, enhancement of the environment, and improvements to the leisure facilities.
“This is not a formal part of the document as only the policies are examined, but they do link to the planning policies and are about practical initiatives.
“The NDP draft will be available on our website, (www.seendparishplan.org) and also as hard copies locally in the Community Centre, the Barge, Brewery and Three Magpies pubs. The libraries in Trowbridge, Devizes and Melksham also hold copies.
“Comments can be made via the comments form on the website (hard copy forms also available with the plans in circulation) and sent by post or email to the parish clerk email clerk@ seendparishcouncil.co.uk. The deadline for comments is Saturday 28th March.
“On the NDP website you will find more evidence base reports. These reports underpin the Neighbourhood Plan and are also in draft form and can be commented on at anytime via the contact page of our website.”