DO you have a favourite green space in the Melksham area that you think should be protected from development? Then the team behind Melksham’s Neighbourhood Plan want to hear from you.
Through the Melksham Neighbourhood Plan, an area of green space that is “demonstrably special to a local community” can be protected through a scheme called ‘Local Green Spaces’.
“This could be because of its beauty; historic significance; recreational value (including as a playing field); tranquillity; or richness of its wildlife,” explains the Neighbourhood Plan steering group.
“We want to hear from you! Tell us about the green spaces you use and value.”
All nominations received will then be assessed by the steering group to see if they meet the criteria for designation as a ‘Local Green Space’.
Nominations can be made via the website on an online map: www.melkshamneighbourhoodplan.org/local-green-spaces; or by emailing: email@example.com
Via the website you can also support green space nominations already made and make comments.
The neighbourhood plan steering group will also be contacting all local landowners on Wiltshire Council’s possible housing sites list (called the Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment or SHELAA), to confirm if they wish their land to be considered for potential allocation in the Neighbourhood Plan and explain what their sites can provide to support the community’s housing and infrastructure needs.
Melksham’s Neighbourhood Plan, which is a joint project by Melksham Town Council and Melksham Without Parish Council, sets out where a community would prefer to see housing built and how the area should be developed and is used by Wiltshire Council to determine local planning applications.