Neighbourhood Planning in a Sensitive Landscape
Aldbourne is a village and civil parish in Wiltshire with a population of about 1,900. Place Studio has been assisting the Aldbourne Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group with the preparation of their Neighbourhood Plan.
The Neighbourhood Plan area has a sensitive landscape context, being wholly within the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is also located near to a couple of internationally important Special Areas of Conservation, and it has a village Conservation Area. So, there were a number of constraints to consider when considering potential sites for allocation for development to bring forward housing to meet the needs of local people in Aldbourne.
We have worked with the group to shape a suite of planning policies to protect the sensitive landscape, heritage and environmental setting of the village. The draft Neighbourhood Plan also includes two site allocations to support the delivery of sensitively designed housing to meet the evidenced local housing need in Aldbourne.
The Neighbourhood Plan is due to go to Regulation 14 consultation in Autumn 2021. You can read more about the Aldbourne Neighbourhood Plan here.