Preparing and overseeing the Neighbourhood Plan
The Steering Group is the body of people who volunteer to manage and lead on the Neighbourhood Plan. They are charged with overseeing and advising on the review of the Neighbourhood Plan. This is very much a community-led plan so there are representatives from both Councils and the wider community. We also welcome new members.
The Steering Group is sponsored by, and reports to Melksham Town Council and Melksham Without Parish Council, as the accountable bodies, and has an agreed Terms of Reference.
Steering Group Members
The Steering Group comprises of 11 permanent voting members comprising of:
Two representatives of Melksham Without Parish Council
Councillor John Glover
Councillor David Pafford
Two representatives of Melksham Town Council
Councillor Graham Ellis
Councillor Pat Aves
One representative from Melksham Area Board
Councillor Mike Sankey
One representative from Melksham Community Area Partnership
One representative from the business community
Colin Harrison, Chair of Melksham Chamber
One representative for environmental and climate change interests
Shirley McCarthy, Melksham Climate Emergency Group
Two representative for transport
John Hamley, Melksham Transport Users Group and Rolf Brindle
One representative from the community
Mark Blackham, Bowerhill Residents Action Group
One representative from the health community
One representative for the historic and built environment VACANCY
One representative from the “Priority for People” working group
In addition, the following Council Officers will attend where appropriate in an advisory and non voting capacity
One representative from Wiltshire Council’s Spatial Planning Team
Melksham Town Clerk
Melksham Without Parish Clerk
Melksham Without Parish Officer
Agendas and Minutes
The Steering Group meets on a regular basis. Minutes and agendas can be downloaded below.
Next Meeting: Wednesday 5 April 2022 at 6.30pm at Melksham Without Meeting Space (First Floor), Melksham Community Campus, Market Place, Melksham, SN12 6ES.
Please note: minutes and agendas from earlier dates can be seen on the archived website for the Neighbourhood Plan. Click here to access
Join the Steering Group!
If you represent a local organisation and would like to be considered as a member of the Steering Group please get in touch, there will also be the opportunity for small topic lead group work on specific localities or subjects. Current vacancies are shown in the Steering Group details on this page.
You can read more in the Terms of Reference and please get in touch with with either the Melksham Without Parish Council Clerk
firstname.lastname@example.org or the Melksham Town Clerk email@example.com