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  • Writer's pictureAdam Gilmore

Neighbourhood Plan Open Meetings

We held three more meetings during September, to provide you with information on the progress of the Neighbourhood Plan. We covered; the site Assessment, the Housing Needs Assessment and our draft policies on:


1. Sustainable Community

2. Local Housing Needs

3. Local Character and Environment

4. Local Economy

5. Getting Around


20 people attended the Winterbourne Bassett meeting and 60 over the two meetings in Broad Hinton.


The slides and posters from the meetings have been published on the Neighbourhood Plan website https://www.bhwbparishcouncil.org.uk/open-meetings-sept-2023


During the meetings, we asked for feedback on what we shared with you, both verbally and by asking you to complete a feedback form. 29 of those were returned during the meetings, some people took the feedback sheets away, so once they’re complete, please drop them off at:


  • Broad Hinton – Liz Moakes, Marlborough House, High Street (leave in the front porch under the stone on the elephant)

  • Winterbourne Bassett – Malkit Banga, Albanys (on the left-hand side of The Winterbourne as you look at the pub)

  • Uffcott – Liz Palfrey, 4 New Cottages


What’s Next?

We’ll analyse the feedback from the meetings and publish an update. In addition, we’ll be sharing our completed draft policies and asking for your feedback. Finally, we’ll be discussing development proposals with the landowner of site B2.


In the meantime, here are some themes that came up in our discussions in the meetings and from your feedback forms.


  • Local Green Spaces and Heritage Assets – we received several suggestions for additional green spaces and heritage assets that we’ll be assessing.

  • Shop/Café/Hub – many discussions on potential locations and services/products, and we now have 12 volunteers to help assess viability.

  • Rights of Way and road safety – many discussions and feedback on improvements to accessibility and safety.

  • Infrastructure – capacity of water and drainage systems, road capacity and power.

  • Homes for downsizers and young families – feedback from many people re: downsizing in the villages and young families need for affordable homes.

  • House numbers, types and tenures – a lot of discussion on needs and options, and 6 volunteers interested in setting up a Community Land Trust.


If you were not able to make one of the meetings, we would encourage you to browse the presentation and posters we have shared above and if you have any questions or comments, please contact us at bhwbuf.neighbourhoodplan@gmail.com.

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