Draft Sutton Benger and Draycot Cerne Neighbourhood Development Plan (2020 – 2035) Regulation 16 Consultation

Wiltshire Council is currently consulting on the proposed Sutton Benger and Draycot Cerne Neighbourhood Development Plan, which has been formally submitted by Sutton Benger Parish Council.

The consultation starts on Monday 20th May 2024 and responses must be received no later than 5pm on Monday 8th July 2024.

Please be aware that all representations will be publicly available and may also appear on the Wiltshire Council website.

Further information including the submitted draft neighbourhood development plan and how to comment can be found online via http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/planning-neighbourhood-consultations

Where possible, please provide any comments using the Consultation Portal. Alternatively, an editable representation form can be downloaded from the Supporting Files section on the consultation portal, and completed forms can either be emailed to neighbourhoodplanning@wiltshire.gov.uk or sent by post to:

Neighbourhood Planning

Strategic Planning

Wiltshire Council

County Hall

Bythesea Road


BA14 8JN

If you have no access to the internet and you wish to view the Draft Neighbourhood Development Plan, a copy can be sent to you on request by calling Neighbourhood Planning on 01225 713698 or can be viewed at:

  • The Wellesley Arms, 10 High Street, Sutton Benger, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 4RD
  • Sutton Benger Village Hall, Chestnut Road, Sutton Benger, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 4RP
  • All Saints Church, Sutton Benger, Chippenham, SN15 4RP

Following this consultation, the comments received will be passed to an independent examiner, to be appointed by the council, who will consider the representations and recommend whether the draft Neighbourhood Development Plan should be put to a community referendum.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Neighbourhood Planning on Tel: 01225 713698 or by email to neighbourhoodplanning@wiltshire.gov.uk



Rights of Way

Please STAY ON THE FOOTPATHS and KEEP YOUR DOGS ON A LEAD AT ALL TIMES AND PICK UP AND TAKE HOME YOUR DOG’S MESS – most of them are on private land and you only have permission to be on the official paths.  Free copies of the Rights of Way maps are available here.

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The parish of Sutton Benger in North Wiltshire stretches from the hamlet of Draycot Cerne in the west, through the village of Sutton Benger to the River Avon in the east, and from the Household Recycling Centre in the north to the National Trust’s field of Special Scientific Interest in the south. The medieval village layout of a High Street with a parallel Back Lane (now Chestnut Road) and a staggered cross roads beside the 13th century Parish Church formed by Seagry Road and Bell Lane is still clearly identifiable, even though a large housing estate doubled the size of the village in the 1970s.

The village straddles the B4069 and is close to junction 17 of the M4, giving easy access to Swindon, Bath and Bristol, as well as benefiting from more local amenities in nearby Chippenham, with trains to London and Bristol.

The village boasts an excellent Primary School, Doctor’s Surgery, Post Office, and a modern Village Hall with Recreation Ground, as well as the Bell House Hotel, Wellesley Arms and La Flambé restaurant. The Church is popular with tourists who come to see its famous Green Man carvings and medieval embroidery.

This vibrant and friendly village supports sports clubs and other groups, catering for a wide range of interests and activities for all ages from the Babies & Toddlers Group to the WRVS Over 60s Club.

Parish Statistics:

From the electoral roll as at 1st December 2022, the Parish Statistics are:
Properties: 562 (approx)
Electors: 1029

Precept for 2022/23: £14,340.91