>> Neighbourhood Plan
Steering committee: John Hall, Claire Marlow (Chairman), Alison Mulley, John Newton, Gay Sealy, Rick Squires and Chris Thrift.
Kington St Michael Parish Council is in the process of forming a Neighbourhood Plan.
The formal application for Designation of the whole of Kington St Michael Parish as a Neighbourhood Area was approved on the 2nd September 2015. The work of Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group can now proceed.
Neighbourhood planning is a right for communities introduced through the Localism Act 2011. Communities can shape development in their areas through the production of Neighbourhood Development Plans, Neighbourhood Development Orders and Community Right to Build Orders.
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If you are interested in becoming involved with the formation of Kington St Michael’s Neighbourhood Plan, and/or would like to join the steering group, please contact Viv Vines, Clerk to KSM parish council, on (01249) 657695 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit http://www.neighbourhoodplanning.org/ for more information.
Are you under 50 years old and interested in joining our committee to represent that age group? Any decisions made now about the village will affect you in the future. Please contact Claire Marlow via email@example.com.
Forthcoming changes will create a demand for more housing developments in this area; these include the electrification of the railway to Chippenham, the Dyson Campus at Hullavington airfield, the creation of a distribution centre at Junction 17 of the M4, and the further expansion of Swindon.
It is important to try to ensure that the village develops as residents would like it to and so a neighbourhood plan is to be produced. This will become a statutory planning instrument, enabling the views of this community to be taken into account when future developments are considered.
Two aspects need to be considered - is there a need for new development in Kington St Michael, as there will be no requirement from Wiltshire Council until 2026? If there is a need or desire for such development what land might be available?
A steering group has been set up by the Parish Council to consider the issues and draw up a plan; however the group is small and mainly mature in years. If you would like to be involved please contact Claire Marlow via firstname.lastname@example.org.