Committed to delivering the right plan for the community
The Steering Group is made up of a range of local stakeholders, residing in the parish, working under the aegis of the Parish Council to develop and gain official recognition and acceptance of a Neighbourhood Plan for Stanton St Quintin Civil Parish.
Key positions were required to be identified and occupied at an early point in the forming of the Steering Group - the Chair, Treasurer and Secretary being essential posts to be filled to provide continuity, motivation and direction, and to ensure successful delivery of the Neighbourhood Plan project. All members are community volunteers who play their part; providing expertise, skills and support to the group as a whole.
Here to Deliver a Neighbourhood Plan
The Stanton St Quintin Neighbourhood Development Plan Steering Group Constitution states: "The purpose of the Group is to undertake, progress, complete and guide towards the adoption by the Stanton St Quintin community of a Neighbourhood Plan (the ‘Plan’) under the provisions of the Localism Act 2011 and in the process promote the social, economic and environmental well-being of the area (the ‘Project’) "
But what does that mean in terms of the activities the Steering Group will be carrying out? It means the group will:
Be acting as the focal point for the people living or working in the neighbourhood area;
Provide a forum for discussion and debate;
Prepare and agree the project plan;
Set up focus groups to address specific topics;
Engage with key stakeholders (e.g. Wiltshire Council, residents, etc.);
Liaise with consultants;
And the list goes on . . . .
Further information can be found in the SG Constitution.
Key Planning Issues for Steering Group
When first reviewing the need for a Neighbourhood Plan for Stanton St Quintin a number of key planning issues were identified by the Steering Group as follows:
'The small village of Stanton St Quintin is a community split roughly in half by the A429 trunk road which connects, in its southerly direction, with Junction 17 of the M4 motorway. Wiltshire Core Strategy identifies Stanton St Quintin as a "Small Village" where, according to Core Policies 1 & 2, development will be limited to infill proposals seeking to meet housing need and not encroach on open countryside.
High profile public announcements over the past 12 months have included:
Proposed Chippenham Gateway project adjacent to Junction 17 M4;
Sale of Hullavington Airfield (Formerly RAF Hullavington).
With other major infrastructure investment also planned in the Chippenham area, Stanton St Quintin is likely to be viewed as an even more attractive place to live and work locally'.