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Neighbourhood Plan

Warminster Neighbourhood Plan Post-Referendum

Following the successful Yes vote at the referendum (1660 in favour, 477 against, 3 spoilt papers) Wiltshire Council have confirmed that the Neighbourhood Plan has been Made on 24th November 2016. The Made plan and the decision statement can be found below:

The final Decision Statement from Wiltshire Council can be found below:

There will be a six-week period in which legal challenge can be made to Wiltshire Council. This period ends on 5th January 2017.

Warminster Neighbourhood Plan 2015–2026

The Decision Statement has now been issued by Wiltshire Council and the Neighbourhood Plan has been revised in accordance with its recommendations. The Decision Statement can be viewed by clicking on the link below:

Please click the button below to see the revised Neighbourhood Plan which will now go to referendum before the end of the year.

Warminster Neighbourhood Plan Submission Documents, November 2015

The Warminster Neighbourhood Plan was adopted by the Council on Monday 16th November 2015. 

Click the button below to see the Neighbourhood Plan Submission documents and background details of the consultation responses which has enabled the Neighbourhood Plan working group to amend the plan in line with comments received from local residents and stakeholders.


The following documents formed the initial consultation in February and have been retained as an audit trail of that process.

Warminster Draft Neighbourhood Plan, February 2015

The Draft Neighbourhood Plan is out for formal consultation from 17th March to 8th May 2015. The consultation seeks the views and input of the local community. Engagement with residents, stakeholders and community groups will be undertaken to provide a focused input to the plan. It is a must that the views and opinions of all residents affected by the Neighbourhood Plan are sought, which may include not only the residents within the defined neighbourhood area but also user groups who may have a stake in the town and its facilities.

The online consultation response form can be completed here

2015 Neighbourhood Plan Q&A’s

Neighbourhood planning allows a community to determine what it needs for the place where they live and work. It is focused on the development and use of land. A Neighbourhood Plan must conform to a set process, including public consultation and referendum, before it comes into force.

Proposed new developments in Warminster indicate that the town will grow. The consequences of this growth will be far reaching. The local economy should be boosted which will benefit local shops and services. However, the growth will also increase the pressure on existing community and leisure facilities. Developing a Neighbourhood Plan allows the town to have its say on what is required, and how future needs should be met.

The Warminster Neighbourhood Plan is being developed by the Town Council with the help of representatives from across the community that include: local businesses, schools, churches, NHS surgeries, the armed forces, sports clubs, individual community members, invited experts, officers of Wiltshire Council, and various bodies from the town including the Civic Trust, Warminster and Villages Community Partnership, Warminster Development Trust, and Warminster Preservation Trust.

The issues affecting the town are both significant and complex. Work has been ongoing for many months to fully understand them, and their interrelationship, so that proposals can be developed that will form the basis of a draft plan. This work is nearing completion and, once the draft plan has been finalised, the document will form the basis of extensive consultation to gain the views of the wider community.

The Warminster Neighbourhood Plan will cover three themes. They are: Warminster as ‘A Place to Live’, ‘A Place to Work’ and ‘A Place to Enjoy’. These themes cover many aspects from what we want for new housing, to our employment aims and where people should work. ‘A Place to Enjoy’ meanwhile covers leisure and recreational space, sports facilities, cultural facilities, community services including health and education, and the environment. The Plan also develops some of the ideas addressed in the Town Plan.

We all want the best for Warminster by making it a place: where people want to live, where businesses wish to locate, and where we want to spend our leisure time, besides encouraging visitors. The Warminster Neighbourhood Plan seeks to address these desires by making Warminster a destination of choice. Consultation will be very important to make sure that the Plan gets the right balance.  

The Wiltshire Core Strategy forms a part of the local development plan and sets out the statutory planning policies for the whole of Wiltshire. It identifies the number of new houses that are to be built in Warminster during the period of the plan (up to 2026). It also allocates land on the west side of town, the West Urban Extension, where many of these houses are to be built. The Warminster Neighbourhood Plan is required to be compliant with the Core Strategy.

The Warminster Neighbourhood Plan notes the Core Strategy requirements and seeks to address many of the anticipated issues that will stem from the consequential growth of the town. What should the West Urban Extension include? What will be the resulting traffic issues? Where will the children go to school? What will happen to NHS care in the town? What additional leisure and community facilities will be required, and where will they go? There are many other similar issues. The Warminster Neighbourhood Plan cannot change the Core Strategy requirements, but it can make sure that new housing is integrated into Warminster in a way that makes best sense.

The Warminster Neighbourhood Plan could ask for a greater number of houses to be built in Warminster than defined by the Core Strategy. This includes building in other parts of the town. Wiltshire Council has advised, however, that all strategic housing needs should be satisfied by the West Urban Extension along with other known windfall and brownfield sites.  To ask for houses to be built elsewhere in the town will not reduce the Core Strategy allocation but would increase the total number of houses to be built in the town.

Neighbourhood planning is optional and there is no formal requirement for Warminster to progress its plan. However, the benefits of having a Neighbourhood Plan are as follows:
(a) developers would need to observe the policies in the plan, giving the town a greater say in its future;
(b) the financial contributions that may be available from the developers for community facilities are increased from 15% to 25% if a Neighbourhood Plan is in place.

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