We were delighted to see so many parishioners at the Public Meeting on
21st March. Mervyn Pannet, Chairman of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering
Group (NPSG), explained the importance of producing a Neighbourhood
Plan in shaping future development in the village. Wiltshire Council’s Core
Strategy requires the grouped villages of Tilshead, Shrewton, Great
Wishford, Porton and Winterbourne to accommodate 184 houses in the
next 11 years. This could equate to some 30 to 40 houses in
Winterbourne. This can either be infill or within separate developments. A
number of areas, known as Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment
sites (SHLAAs) have been initially offered for consideration by developers
and owners. These are large areas in the village and not all are suitable.
The NPSG would like to hear if anyone is considering making
smaller plots available in the next few years, such as part of a large
Without a Neighbourhood Plan, the village will have no control over
future development, either in size, design or affordability of
housing. With a Neighbourhood Plan our views will have a legal
influence and we will also benefit from a higher percentage of the
premium on new housing, the “Roof Tax”, to spend on village
The Public Meeting gave overwhelming support to producing a
Neighbourhood Plan and to registering the entire area within the Parish
Boundary for the Plan.
Volunteers came forward to either join the Steering Group or to offer
assistance in website design, book-keeping, planning, promotion,
researching, delivery of leaflets and questionnaires, plus general
administration. Further help is welcome and especially with environmental
© The Winterbourens Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group - 2015
The full presentation is available
and the Powerpoint Slides
Ist Public Meeting - 21st March 2015
2nd Public Meeting - 2nd April 2016
The second public meeting was very well attended - the purpose of the
meeting being to acquaint the village with the progress on the Neighbourhood
Plan. The Neighbourhood Plan now has it’s designation and the real work of
identifying and assessing potential development sites has begun in earnest.
These sites will be the subject of a referendum where people who live in the
Winterbournes will have their say in what development.
The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group were very pleased to welcome
additional members to help with the workload in producing the Plan and they
have certainly made a valuable contribution to moving things forward.
3rd Public Meeting - 8th October 2016
The third public meeting was well attended - the purpose of the meeting being
to acquaint the village with the initial analysis of the Neighbourhood Plan
Questionnaire. The various sites were presented - along with the responses
from the questionnaire - which gave an idea of the general feeling of the
These sites will eventually be the subject of a referendum where people who
live in the Winterbournes will have their say in what development is embarked
on. The task of putting the plan together will now be embarked upon - urged on
by those who attended the meeting to complete this as soon as possible.