Category Archives: Neighbourhood Plan

South Marston says Yes!

At today’s Neighbourhood Plan referendum,  over 95% of those that voted said yes to the Neighbourhood Plan being adopted.

The turnout at 47% exceeded the recent votes for neighbourhood plans in Highworth and Wroughton.

Chair of South Marston Parish Council, Colin McEwen, said “this is a good result for village; it gives us a lever in negotiations with both the developers and the planning officers. 

We would like to thank everybody who voted and in particular, those who contributed to the development of the neighbourhood plan.”



Examiner gives thumbs up to South Marston Neighbourhood Plan

Your Parish Council is pleased to announce that The South Marston Neighbourhood Plan has passed one more hurdle with the independent examiner judging it as ‘sound’ in planning terms. Following a very lengthy examination stage, the final report has now been published (South Marston NP Final Report 7.4.17).

The examiner complimented the plan, commenting ‘I can see that the Parish Council and its volunteers have put in a great deal of hard work into the submission of the plan and the supporting documents. The plan is well presented and clear; and seeks to represent the local community’s aspirations, which it does well’.

The examiner recommended that 7 of the original 14 policies in the plan should be adopted without change. A further 4 policies should be adopted in the amended versions agreed by the Borough and the Parish Council in September 2016. The remaining policies have been proposed for amendment in line with wording proposed by the major developers in South Marston. None of these proposed amendments should seriously impact on the integrity of the policies which reflect what villagers said were their priorities during the many consultations that led up to the plan submission in January 2016.

The next stage is for Swindon Borough to agree to the amendments as recommended by the examiner and then the plan will be ready to submit to a referendum of parish residents. If the referendum vote produces a simple majority vote in favour of the plan, it will become a key document in decisions on the raft of planning applications anticipated in the parish over the next few years.

Parish Councillors will be holding another information event in May on the same date as the Annual Parish Meeting. This will provide updates on the current position relating to development in our parish and the contribution of various organisations to village life.

The March 2017 report from the independent examiner is here.

Notice of Public Examination Hearing for the South Marston Village Neighbourhood Plan

At very short notice, the independent examiner has asked for a round table meeting with HHT (the developers), Swindon Borough and the Parish Council to discuss selected issues arising from the Neighbourhood Plan.

The public are able to attend, and residents who submitted responses to the last consultation in March this year have been invited. The ‘hearing’ is to be held in the village hall on Thursday 8th September at 10am. The examiner’s report is then promised within the next month.

Notice of Public Examination Hearing for the South Marston Village Neighbourhood Plan

Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended)

Localism Act 2011 (as amended)

Neighbourhood Planning Regulations 2012 (as amended)

Swindon Borough Council hereby gives notice of a public Examination Hearing for the South Marston Village Neighbourhood Plan submitted for examination under Regulation 17 of the Town and Country Planning (Neighbourhood Planning) Regulations 2012 (as amended).

The South Marston Village Neighbourhood Plan was submitted for Independent Examination on 22nd March 2016 following a six week consultation from 28th January until 10th March 2016.  A copy of the South Marston Village Neighbourhood Plan is available here:

In accordance with Paragraph 9 of Schedule 4B to the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 the Independent Examiner has decided that a public hearing is required for the purpose of receiving oral representations about a particular issue raised during the consultation on the plan prior to the examination.

The Public Examination Hearing will take place at South Marston Village Hall on Thursday 8th September from 10:00.  It should be noted that any member of the public may attend the Examination Hearing however only prescribed persons may make oral representations, in accordance with Paragraph 9(3) of Schedule 4B to the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

Following the Hearing the Examiner will issue a report recommending that the plan is submitted to a referendum; that specified modifications are made to the draft plan and that the modified plan is submitted to referendum; or that the plan is refused.

Further information is available by contacting the planning department at Swindon Borough Council on 01793 466513, or by e-mail at

R Bell, Head of Planning, Regulatory Services and Heritage, Swindon Borough Council, Wat Tyler House (West), Beckhampton Street, Swindon, SN1 2JG