Neighbourhood Plan

Progress Report 12th May 2017

After some delays caused by the change in parish boundary which came into force on 1st April 2017, I am delighted to report that we now have a draft plan and supporting documents which can be published. The documents are available for download below.  The next stage of the project is a 6 week consultation period during which various statutory bodies and of course parish residents can submit comments on the draft plan.

The consultation period runs until 30th June 2017 and a form on which comments can be made is also available for download. Printed copies of the documents will be on display by 20th May 2017 at various locations including the Churches, village hall, the primary school,  garden centre, Lion & Fiddle and Trowbridge library. There will also be a presentation on the draft plan at the village fete on 10th June 2017 where copies of the response form will also be available.

Once all the comments have been received and analysed, they will, where appropriate be incorporated into the documents which  will then be sent to Wiltshire Council for examination. Eventually a referendum will be held on the agreed plan which will only be adopted if the majority vote in favour.

If you want more information or wish to be involved with the project, please email


Draft Neighbourhood Plan
Scoping Report
Draft Consultation Statement
Response Form  (Two formats of this document available - Adobe PDF and  Microsoft Word docx)

Progress Report 1st December 2016
A huge amount of background research and analysis has been taking place over the last few months and the project is still very much alive but nothing particularly exciting to report until recently. We have completed the draft scoping report to provide the evidence base for any proposals and a first draft of the Plan. This was submitted to Wiltshire Council on 1st December 2016 for inspection and a decision as to whether further investigatory work is required including something called a Strategic Environmental Assessment. This inspection is expected to take around 6 weeks and the next stage depends on their decision.

There is still a long way to go before getting to a public consultation on the recommended plan. However, we have come a long way in a remarkably short time thanks to a lot of hard work by a dedicated team of volunteers. Ernie Clark, Chair of the Parish Council has asked that a public vote of thanks be recorded to those involved on the Steering Group and all those who helped with other tasks including distribution of questionnaires and survey forms

Final Version of the Questionnaire Analysis

Wednesday 13th July 2016

View the Final version of the questionnaire analysis which will now form part of the Plan documentation when published.

Extract of the Consultation Statement
Sunday 11th September 2016

Neighbourhood Plan Community Engagement

Steering Group Update
Thursday 26th May 2016

A questionnaire which is the first stage in the consultation process is currently being delivered to all addresses in Hilperton Parish and neighbouring locations. This questionnaire can be responded too on-line if you prefer by following this link.

Closing date for the survey is 29th June 2016.

The Neighbourhood Plan

Neighbourhood Planning is a new initiative by the Government to allow local communities to influence how their neighbourhood’s might develop; see Neighbourhood Planning – A guide for Wiltshire’s parish and town councils. An inaugural meeting was held in December 2015 and there was sufficient interest for a Hilperton and East Trowbridge Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group to be formed in January 2016. This is a major piece of work that is anticipated will take around two years. The current members of the Steering Group are listed below but more volunteers are welcome.

Toby King (Chair), Peter Fielding (Communications), Sarah Schofield, Ernie Clark, Jacqui Clark, Louise Fowler, Roland Hall, Heidi Hart, Chris Hicks, Mike Jacobs, Ian Jamieson, Richard Jamieson, Jane Linham, Jenny Martin, Sharon Meade, Christine O’Doherty, James O’Doherty, Steve Oldrieve, Eileen Parfitt, Amanda Park    Michael Perry, Sara Robert, Tony Short, Mary Tapping, Pam Turner.

We have a Facebook group which you might like to bookmark; it will be updated regularly. If you want to get involved please use the contact form below, join our Facebook group or speak to anyone on the Steering Group. In due course there will be wide consultation on both the scope of the Plan and its vision. This is your chance to have a say in how our community evolves.