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Melksham 2026 – Planning for the Future.
A recent change in the law gives every resident more say in how their local communities are developed for the future.
A Steering Group of local volunteers supported by Melksham Town Council and Melksham Without Parish Council is producing a Neighbourhood Plan to spell out how town and surrounding area are developed between now and 2026.
A Neighbourhood Plan is a community-led statutory document, which tells developers what and where they can and cannot build within a plan area.
Hundreds of new houses are proposed for the Melksham area in developer applications currently in the pipeline or going to appeal. New houses mean more pressure on local public services – including health.
Our plan for Melksham is not just about building new houses. Our ‘priorities’ survey reported that over 90% of respondents wanted infrastructure to be in place before any new houses are built.
So our plan also covers provision of land to develop health facilities, school places, space for businesses to provide more local employment opportunities, local shops, access to leisure facilities, local bus and rail services, maintaining local roads and managing the traffic.
To progress the next stage of preparing our plan for Melksham, the Steering Group has set up five thematic Task Groups to look at local issues and make recommendations about how land can best be used. These suggestions may agree sites for new development or safeguard sites for other public service uses – or indicate which sites developers might be interested in are not acceptable.
The Task Groups have already commenced work. View the work of each Task Group is doing here:
We welcome anyone who wants to contribute to the work of the Task Groups. Each Task Group will produce a report during 2016 with recommendations about what can and cannot be developed in the future; taking account of the impact of the environment, climate change, and the needs of services for the elderly and young people on future development over the next ten years.
Steering Group Chair Richard Wood says “We value all the help we can get to assist us to review all the available evidence and prepare some recommendations for further consultation”.
We think it is very important that the local community has a voice about what local public services are needed. Hundreds of comments have already been received for local people from surveys and other community events that we have participated in. We still want to hear what local people think is needed to make Melksham and its surrounding villages a great place to live, to work, to play and to visit.
Keep engaged and add your voice and in activities and when new consultations and discussions are added by joining our online community below:
The Neighbourhood Plan will only cover areas within the boundaries of the Melksham Town and Melksham Without Parish Councils. It does not cover the outlining parishes which are included in the Melksham Community Area.