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General FAQs
What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

A Neighbourhood Plan is a community-led framework for guiding the future development and growth of an area. It may contain a vision, aims, planning policies, proposals for improving the area or providing new facilities, or allocation of key sites for specific kinds of development. All Neighbourhood Plans must meet basic conditions.

A Neighbourhood Plan relates to the use and development of land and associated social, economic and environmental issues. It may deal with a wide range of issues (like housing, employment, heritage and transport) or it may focus on one or two issues that are of particular importance in a local area.

A Neighbourhood Plan will be subject to examination and local referendum. Once approved it would form part of the Local Plan, which Wiltshire Council would then use to make decisions on planning applications.

Why should we have a Plan?
  • It will provide the community with more control over the future of their area by giving local people the chance to have their say on what happens where they live and influence the nature and location of any development
  • It will increase understanding of community needs and aspirations
  • It will have the ability to retain 25% of all Community Infrastructure Levy Funding (CIL) as opposed to the current 15% that is passed to Salisbury City Council by Wiltshire Council
What geographical area will the Plan cover?

The Plan will cover the whole of Salisbury Parish.

How long will it take to produce the Plan?

We hope to complete the Neighbourhood Plan within three years, and for it to cover a 10 year period. It will need to be reviewed approximately every five years.

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Call for Sites FAQs
Why is the Steering Group calling for sites? Haven’t we got enough houses in Salisbury already?

Our evidence shows that there is a demand for affordable housing and housing for young people in Salisbury. We are undertaking this call for sites to learn if there is any capacity to increase our housing for local people. In addition, we wish to assist local businesses and it may be possible to identify new employment land. There are a few previously developed and unsightly sites in Salisbury. We wish to encourage that they are redeveloped in a way that will also help local people live and work.

What will happen if a site is nominated?

Any site that is put forward will be assessed as long as it meets the basic criteria that are set out in the “Methodology for Site Assessment and Allocation” document which is available to download from this website.

Can I find out what sites are nominated?

A full report of all sites and how they were assessed will be available to view on this website in September or October 2020. At that time, we will also have a clearer understanding of what we would like to see happen on individual sites.

Can I object to site being nominated?

No, you cannot object to a site being nominated. However, when the Steering Group has assessed the sites and has made a decision on what might be included, the neighbourhood plan will go out to public consultation (called a Regulation 14 consultation). At that time, you may give your views in support or to object.

Who can nominate sites?

Any landowner or their agent can nominate a site.

If a site is nominated does that mean houses will be built there and how soon?

We cannot answer this yet. Each site will be assessed according to the process explained in the “Methodology for Site Assessment and Allocation” document which is available to download from this website. We will then consider if a site is suitable for any development and prepare a policy on what is best for that individual site and the landowner’s intentions for the site.

What about roads, schools and other infrastructure near nominated sites ? Who is considering that?

We will consider this in detail. If we allocate a site for a particular type of development, we will need to prove to the Local Planning Authority that the site will not have unacceptable impacts. We will work closely with colleagues in Wiltshire Council and Statutory Consultees to ensure that any proposals are acceptable and deliverable.