Draft Wiltshire Housing Site Allocations Plan – Advance notice of consultation

Draft Wiltshire Housing Site Allocations Plan – Advance notice of consultation

The draft Wiltshire Housing Site Allocations Plan, a formal Development Plan Document, has been prepared in accordance with the Wiltshire Core Strategy.   It will:

  • Revise, where necessary, settlement boundaries in relation to the Principal Settlements of Salisbury and Trowbridge, Market Towns, Local Service Centres and Large Villages; and
  • Allocate new sites for housing to ensure the delivery of homes across the plan period in order to maintain a five year land supply in each of Wiltshire’s three Housing Market Areas over the period to 2026.

Although the consultation will not start until Friday 14 July 2017 (and continue for 10 weeks) this letter is to give you advance notice of the proposed consultation period and drop in events being held as part of the consultation. The events will be open between 12 noon and 7pm as follows:

Neeld Community & Art Centre, High Street, Chippenham SN15 3ER          Monday 17 July 2017
Guildhall, Market Place, Salisbury SP1 1JH                                                   Wednesday 19 July 2017
Town Hall, St Johns Street, Devizes SN10 1BN                                             Monday 24 July 2017
Atrium, County Hall, Trowbridge BA14 8JN                                                    Wednesday 26 July 2017

Officers from the Council will be available during the day to answer your questions about the draft Plan and we would encourage Town and Parish Councils to send representatives to find out more about what the draft Plan proposes in their area.

Parish and Town Councils will be contacted again around the start of the consultation with more information about how to comment on the draft Plan and where all the supporting evidence can be viewed.  In the meantime, a list of the proposed housing sites is attached for information. Please note that the following webpage http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/wiltshsgsiteallocationsplan where the latest information and all supporting documentation will be posted in due course.


Improvements to A350 Chippenham Bypass and at M4 Junction 17

Works to improve traffic flow and journey times on the A350 at Chippenham and at Junction 17 on the M4 are due to commence this summer.

Following the completion of improvement works at Bumpers Farm and Brook roundabouts in February 2016, the next scheme proposal on the A350 Chippenham Bypass, due to start in mid-July.

Read more… http://chippenham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/news/improvements-toa350-chippenham-bypass-and-at-m4-junction-17/

Planned Network Rail works between Chippenham and Swindon in July

As part of Network Rail’s upgrade plan they are electrifying the railway line from London Paddington to Cardiff. This will help bring passengers quieter, more frequent and more reliable services on a new fleet of trains with Great Western Railway which have more seats and more space.

When will the work take place? Read more… (http://chippenham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/news/planned-network-rail-works-between-chippenham-and-swindon-in-july/)

Weight Restriction on B4069 Comes Into Force on 3rd July

After what feels like an age, the weight restriction on the B4069 through the village comes into force on 3rd July, which should remove the heavy lorries from thundering down the High Street.

Read the official Weight Restriction Order and Press Release:

TRO 3089 – Weight Restriction Order

Press Release

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Sutton Benger High Street Resurfacing update

The resurfacing work on the High Street, Sutton Benger will start on 19th June 2017 and last for three weeks. The work will be take place between 9:30am and 3:30pm, Monday to Friday.

Due to the nature of the required works and the local environment, the works are to be carried out within a temporary road closure, to ensure that adequate health and safety is maintained for local residents and the Contractor.

During the works period, access to enable residents and businesses to enter and egress from their properties will be maintained, however this could be temporarily restricted due to site operations.

The Contractor will endeavour to minimise the delay; although due to the nature of the works minor disruption is inevitable. It is essential that the road remains un-trafficked until the new material has set, as early trafficking could lead to premature failure. Dedicated Traffic Management operatives at the extent of the works will monitor access and give motorists assistance.

Access the documents:

PDF icon Extent of works


PDF iconDiversion details


PDF iconLocation details

Clerks Report: May 2017

Update From Sutton Benger Annual Meeting of the Parish Council on 10 May 2017

The Annual Meeting of the Parish Council deals the election of the Chair and various housekeeping duties, including approval of the Standing Orders and Financial Regulations.

Election Results

Following an uncontested election, 6 Parish Councillors were elected – Phil Jones, Norman Davis, Keith Pound, Malcolm Bines, Leigh Varnham and Nicola Hayward.

Councillor Vacancies

There are now 5 Vacancies on the Parish Council.  To be an effective Council and to properly represent the whole Community we really need to fill these vacancies – if you are aged 18+ and would be interested in joining the team please contact the Clerk.


Decision were made on 4 applications:

17/03144/FUL – The Old Dairy, Draycot Park Farm, SN15 5LH – The extension and linking of two adjacent office buildings, the extension of two warehouses/workshops and the creation of a new warehouse/workshop – Support

17/03280/FUL – Daisy Cottage, 26 High Street, SN15 4RF – Proposed detached single garage (Resubmission of 17/00850/FUL) – Object

17/03320/FUL – Land South of Bell House Hotel, 47 High Street, SN15 4RH – Proposed conversion & extension of existing outbuilding into new dwelling with associated landscaping – Support subject to conditions

17/03980/LBC – Land South of Bell House Hotel, 47 High Street, SN15 4RH – Proposed conversion & extension of existing outbuilding into new dwelling with associated landscaping – No Objections

17/03417/OUT – St Modwen Storage and Distribution Centre at J17 – The Council agreed to object to this application at the Extraordinary Meeting held on 26 April 2017 and the Clerk’s draft letter was approved for submission.  Cllr H Greenman advised that he had called the application in to Committee.

B4069 – Re-surfacing

The planned resurfacing of the entire length of the B4069, High Street is due to take place on 25 June 2017 and will require the road to be closed and/or contra-flowed for up to 2 weeks – full details will be posted on the website (www.suttonbengerparishcouncil.gov.uk) and noticeboards when available.

B4069 – 18t Weight Restriction

We have been advised that this Order will come into force on the 5 July – to coincide with the resurfacing work (we hope!).

Annual Parish Meeting 26 April 2017

Not to be confused with the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council! – it was an opportunity for Community Groups to give an update of their year and included presentations from the Chair of the Parish Council, Chair of Governors for the Primary School, Manager and Deputy Manager of Benger Bears Pre-school, the Chair of the Village Hall Committee, the NDP Group, the PCC and the SBAGA. There were 23 villagers in attendance and at the end of the meeting they enjoyed wine and cheese and the chance to have an informal chat.

Next Parish Council Meeting

The date of the next Meeting of the Parish Council is Wednesday 14 June 2017 in the Village Hall, starting at 7.45 pm.

SB Parish Clerk is Certified

CiLCA cert


We are pleased to announce that our Parish Clerk, Linda Bragg, has successfully completed the Certificate in Local Government Administration course.
Please join the councillors in congratulating Linda for all her hard work to complete the course and for the help & advice she provides to the PC team and members of the public.

Parish Elections – 4th May 2017

Get Involved With Your Community -  Become a Parish Councillor

Parish Elections 4th May 2017

The Parish Council is a vital part of our Community and to be effective it needs 11 local volunteers to act as Parish Councillors – and we are now seeking Nominations* for the upcoming Parish Elections.

If you would like to stand as a Parish Councillor please contact Linda Bragg, Parish Clerk for a Nomination Pack.

Tel: 07757 351584 or Email: parishclerk@suttonbengerparishcouncil.gov.uk

(* Closing date for Nominations is 4th April 2017)

Clerks Report: February 2017

Update From Sutton Benger Parish Council Meeting on 8 February 2017

Planning – Consideration was given to 3 tree applications:

17/00501/TCA – 16 High Street, SN15 4RD – Fell 1 Sycamore & 25% Reduction to Pagoda Tree – No Objections
17/00512/TCA – Wellesley Arms, High Street, SN15 4RD – Fell 1 Sycamore and 1 Elder – No Objections
17/00716/TCA – 4 Manor Farm Drive SN15 4RW – 2 Metre Crown Reduction to 1 Silver Birch and 1 Cherry Tree – No Objections

Great British Spring Clean – a village clean-up event will be held on Sat 4 and Sun 5 March from 10am – 12noon – all VOLUNTEERS WELCOME – equipment will be provided.  Further details available from the Parish Clerk, the Parish Noticeboard at The Bell and on the Website – www.suttonbengerparishcouncil.gov.uk.

Safety Concern of School Children – the Clerk was asked to look into the over-parking of cars and lack of road markings at the Chestnut Road/Queens Close junction.  There is concern for the safety of school children during school drop-off and pick-up due to the lack of visibility caused by too many parked cars.


The Parish Council have been advised by the Highways Department that arrangements are being made to carry out the resurfacing works this year (2017-18) – subject to traffic management implications.  We will keep you posted….

We have also been advised that the 18t Weight Limit will now come into force in March 2017 but have no exact date yet….

In the meantime, please continue to report issues to Wiltshire Council by any/all of the following methods:

  • The MyWiltshire app on your smartphone (available to download at both the App Store (for iPhones and iPads) and from Google Play™ (for Android phones)).
  • Tel: 0300 456 0105
  • Email: northernhighways@wiltshire.gov.uk (change to email previously listed)
  • Website: www.wiltshire.gov.uk/parkingtransportandstreets/roadshighwaysstreetcare/mywiltshireregister.htm

Church Piece Charity – Nominated Trustee – the Council supported the nomination for Kay Taylor to continue as the Council’s nominated trustee on the Church Piece Charity and expressed their thanks for her continuing work on behalf of the Community.

Next Parish Council Meeting – The date of the next Parish Council Meeting is Wednesday 8th March 2017 in the Village Hall, starting at 7.45 pm.

Councillor Vacancies – there is currently 1 vacancy for Parish Councillor.  Please contact Linda Bragg, Parish Clerk on 07757 351584 / email: parishclerk@suttonbengerparishcouncil.gov.uk for further details and an Application Form if you would like to join our team.