Planning

Preshute Parish Council

Email: clerk@preshutepc.org.uk

Planning

As Preshute is a relatively small parish, we usually hold Planning meetings within our usual full Council meetings. Timing of discussion of any proposed planning application disucssion can be found on the full Council agenda notified on this website and our notice board at Clatford crossroads. 


Planning Application Notifications

Planning application notices (green signs) are displayed near to the relevant site by Wiltshire Council and details are included on the website; http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/planning-new .  The Parish Council also displays applications details on this website below.


Planning Process

Parish Councillors must maintain an independent, impartial view until the Council has considered and debated each application in the relevant planning meeting.  Consequently Preshute Parish Council has established a procedure for reviewing applications as follows. 

  • Every application is reviewed by the parish Planning representative to determine if a site visit is necessary and seeks agreement from the Chairman.  
  • Small and uncontroversial applications are recommended for support under the Council’s  ‘delegated powers’ arrangements without the need for visit.
  • Site visits are normally undertaken by two Parish Councillors to ensure that the Council adopts a broad perspective
  • The two Councillors present their independent report about the application to the Planning meeting which is held in public for consideration by the full Council


Current Planning Policies

The Parish Council is a consultee in the planning process and does not make the final decision regarding planning applications. The approval or rejection of applications is made by  Wiltshire Council which is the local planning authority. The Parish Council’s role is merely to indicate its support or objection after considering the details and taking a vote or obtaining general consensus. We also submit comments if necessary however Wiltshire Council’s final decision may not reflect the Parish Council’s recommendations.


It may help applicants to be aware of the guidance Wiltshire Council gives on the factors that are relevant in making the planning decision.


Relevant issues where planning applications are considered include:

Development plan policy

Government guidance

Highway safety and traffic

Design, appearance and layout

Effect on the level of daylight and privacy

Conservation of buildings, trees and open land

Need to safeguard the countryside

Noise disturbance and smells


The following are not relevant planning matters, and cannot be considered:

Effect on the value of property

Loss of a private view

Inconvenience or other problems caused by building works

Matters covered by other laws

Private property rights

The developer's morals, motives of past record

Possible future development

The fact development may have started

 Trade objections based on competition

 Moral objections


Applicants are encouraged to seek advice from Planning Officials in Wiltshire Council and/or the relevant people in the North Wessex AONB Office in Hungerford who can advise on suitable materials and impact on landscape.

Planning applications pending with Preshute PC

If any member of the public wishes to make a comment on any Planning Application coming before the Council, please send this in writing to clerk@preshutepc.org.uk or preshutepc@gmail.com

Recent applications

Preshute PC have considered two applications in Manton Hollow, Manton, adjacent to the Preshute parish boundary but in the Marlborough Town area. in recent months:

Application 1: 20/02376/FUL. 1 Manton Hollow, Manton, Marlborough, SN8 1RR.

First floor side extension above existing double garage, two storey side extension and the addition of three rear dormer windows. For Mrs A. Lewis.
Resolved: Preshute PC have no objection to this application


Application 2: 20/01363/FUL. 10 Manton Hollow, Manton, Marlborough, SN8 1RR.

Double storey extensions. Single storey rear extension (Material amendment to 19/07021/FUL). For Mrs K. Venus.
Resolved: Preshute PC have no objection to this application

Marlborough Area Neighbourhood Plan

Preshute Parish Council is a member of the Marlborough Area Neighbourhood Plan.

The Steering Group (NPSG) has been meeting since 2014 and comprises representatives from Marlborough Town Council, Mildenhall (Minal) PC, Savernake PC and ourselves, Preshute PC. Preshute PC has not been represented on the NPSG from 2016-2019 for various reasons. We have been attending again since November 2019. There are other stakeholders invited to the meetings, including Unitary Councillor Stuart Dobson (East Ward), a representative from Marlborough College (a major landowner in the area) and other individuals with specific interests.

The objective of a Neighbourhood Plan is to define a vision for the future development of an area, including housing, open spaces, amenities, traffic management and the environment.


You can learn more about the MANP at this link:

https://www.marlborough-tc.gov.uk/neighbourhood-plan


Preshute PC file a strong objection to the proposed Housing Plan

In late January, Preshute PC submitted a detailed paper outlining a major objection to the housing section of the proposed MANP and is calling for a review of the whole MANP process and the make-up of the NPSG itself. 

Since rejoining the NPSG in November 2019, it has become clear that Preshute PC would have to object strongly to the housing section of the proposed Neighbourhood Plan. The housing section is seeking to identify and define another large scale development in the area on the basis that it will provide hundreds of 'affordable homes'. The most controversial site (and one of the largest) is at Barton Dene - and this encroaches into Preshute Parish and the greenfield AONB. The sprawling site proposal has been proposed without proper consultation with Preshute PC.

We believe there is no evidential basis or justification for this site and the proposal, by landowner Marlborough College. A representative of the landowner sits on the NPSG.

This controversial site selection is part of a general proposed housing policy that Preshute PC finds flawed on many other levels. Unfortunately all the objections are being swept under the carpet by the driving members of the NPSG without proper discussion or objective consideration. 

Being a rural community, one of Preshute Parish Council's principal objectives is to preserve and protect the historic greenfield landscape and wildlife of our parish. 

Consequently, we believe the MANP housing agenda is flawed and in urgent need of review.


Current status (2 April 2020)

The Preshute PC Objection Paper and other objections have been ignored by the NPSG and these and several key documents and statements do not appear in meeting minutes either in terms of objective discussion on them, or as an appendices. 

Preshute PC were unable to attend the meeting where the paper was allegedly discussed  after a last minute change of the date. Nevertheless, the meeting went ahead without Preshute (despite our objections to this procedure) and tacked the paper on to the end of a very long agenda. Our objections or the discussion were not even minuted. A subsequent meeting held between The Chair and Clerk of Preshute PC and the Town Mayor and Clerk to discuss these issues proved extremely unsatisfactory. 

At a later Parish Council meeting a vote was taken by Preshute PC Councillors to continue membership of the NPSG. This vote was on the basis that a majority of Councillors felt it easier to influence from within than from the outside. Cllr Peter Morgan (Chair of Preshute PC) signified his intention not to attend any further NPSG meetings as a result of the conduct of the NPSG meetings he has attended. Cllr Simon Mills was agreed as the new representative.

The Objection paper is available to read here and the map of the proposed Barton Dene site is shown below.






Preshute Parish Council

Principal Contacts                         Accessibility 

Clerk: Sophie Roberts

Email: clerk@preshutepc.org.uk

Tel: 01672 861262

Chair: Peter Morgan

Email: chair@preshutepc.org.uk

Preshute Parish Councillors

Cllr Peter Morgan (Chair)

Cllr Simon Mills

Cllr Philippa Pearson

Cllr Joy Penn

Cllr Hugh Wroth

Cllr Ian Wroth

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