IT'S YES! Neighbourhood Plan ratified by the community.
Yesterday, in only the second such referendum in Wiltshire, the Devizes Area Neighbourhood Plan received a ringing endorsement from the community when 92.6% of those voting said "Yes".
This means the Plan now becomes part of the Wiltshire Core Strategy which is the policy document that helps decide all planning applications, and it will apply to all planning proposals submitted for approval within the area of the Plan, ie the Town and Parishes of Devizes, Roundway and Bishops Cannings.
This is a tremendous achievement which has taken 4 years to fulfil, and thanks are due to all who contributed over this period.
The Steering Group are now moving on to develop the Plan further by looking at Green Spaces. Other areas of concern such as transport will be examined in due course, as the Plan is a living document which can and should change as circumstances demand.
Ths first test of its efficacy will come soon when Mactaggart and Mickel yet again attempt to get permission for 350 houses on Coate Road. These proposals are not endorsed by the Plan as they fail the criteria used to support appropriate development sites within the policy. At the forthcoming Planning Appeal, Steering Group members will be speaking against this unwanted development which, were it to proceed, could only add to the trafffic and air quality issues that the community already struggle with, without actually providing the type of housing needed.
But in the meantime, we are all concentrating on celebrating this latest achievement! So well done to all involved!