Trowbridge Town Council has given the go-ahead for the Steering Group Terms of Reference relating to the North Bradley, Drynham Lane, and Ashton Park West Neighbourhood Plan.

The council is taking a strategic approach to community planning and sustainable growth in an area facing the possibility of nearly 3,000 new homes being built in the period to 2038.

The plan will cover all of the area of the North Bradley Neighbourhood Plan, including those areas now within the boundary of Trowbridge Civil Parish.

Trowbridge Town Council’s Policy and Resources committee reviewed and supported the terms of reference at a recent meeting.

A council spokesperson said: “These guidelines will assist the Steering Group in ensuring that the Neighbourhood Plan mirrors the desires, necessities, and priorities of residents.

“The plan emphasises the creation of a lively, secure, and inclusive community while encouraging conscientious development that honours the town’s distinct character and history. 

“Additionally, the council has also endorsed a Statement of Intent concerning Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) usage.

“This statement outlines the strategy for using funds to support infrastructure projects that will benefit the entire community.

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“Investments will be directed towards enhancing public areas, upgrading local facilities, and maintaining Trowbridge as a great place to reside, work, and explore. 

“Trowbridge Town Council is dedicated to transparency and community engagement throughout the planning process.

“As we progress, the council urges all residents to participate in upcoming public consultations and community gatherings.”

The steering group is being led by North Bradley Parish Council and will include two Trowbridge Town Council members, Cllrs Graham Hill and Antonio Piazza.

Cllr Roger Evans, of North Bradley Parish Council, said: “I am sure this joint initiative will be beneficial to both councils and offer greater protection for our communities.

“Importantly, it will allow the community living within the plan area to help shape their home environment for the period up to 2037.”

It is planned to build 2,500 homes, two primary schools and one secondary school at Ashton Park between North Bradley, West Ashton and Yarnbrook.

In addition, Redrow Homes wants to build up to 248 new homes on land at Elm Grove Farm close to the White Horse Business Park.

Vistry Homes, trading as Linden Homes, wants to build 82 new homes on greenfield land at Little Common Farm on the parish border of Trowbridge and North Bradley.

Also, Castlewood Properties Ventures Ltd, wants to build 91 new homes on land to the south of the Vistry Homes site.