What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
The Localism Act (2011) introduced new powers, allowing communities to create their own planning policies in the shape of ‘Neighbourhood Plans’. These plans become part of the Local Area Plan (created by the local Borough/Unity Council) and the policies contained within them are then used in the determination of planning applications.
South Marston Parish Council chose to create their own Neighbourhood Plan to help shape the development of the village and surrounding area as authorised by the Swindon Local Plan. It allowed the community to create a picture of how they would wish the development to be done and although the expansion itself cannot be prevented, it will help to ensure the what is delivered is shaped by the South Marston Neighbourhood Plan.
Our Neighbourhood Plan
The South Marston Plan was adopted by the Borough Council in October 2017 following a 95% Yes” vote on a 47% turnout of villagers and can be viewed here