What is the process?
The process of producing a Neighbourhood Plan involves painstaking consultations with subject-experts and local people.
We need two kinds of information - facts and opinions.
We need facts about the different patterns of life as it is lived in Tisbury today. These facts will for example include the numbers of people in different age groups, numbers of schoolchildren and the schools they attend, and numbers of patients registered at Tisbury Medical Centre.
We have all the data produced in 2005-2007 as part of the TisVis work for the last Parish Plan for Tisbury, and we also have access to the 2011 Census results, but this information is no longer current. So to ensure the information we need for our Plan is up-to-date, we have asked all our residents to complete a simple, short questionnaire.
We have been doing the best we can to make sure that we understand how Tisbury people feel about local facilities and local planning policies. We have taken into account your take on priorities, and your hopes (and fears) for the village.
We have held several consultation events between 2014 to 2017 at which we recorded your feedback which has been used to inform the plan.
The Questionnaire for the Neighbourhood Plan
In October/November 2015 we distributed a questionnaire to every household in the 2 parishes, the results of which are available to download – see Annexes 1 and 2 of the Draft Plan.
We investigated the possibility of putting the questionnaire online but in the event decided that a person-to-person approach would lead to a higher response rate – which it did. 47% of questionnaires were returned.
The results of the questionnaire have been used to produce the draft version of the Neighbourhood Plan.
The Final Version of the Plan
After the comments on the draft Plan have been taken into consideration, and the Plan is amended as necessary, the final version will be submitted to Wiltshire Council, who will appoint an independent examiner. As of July 2018 the final draft is currently with independent consultants for their advice before completion.
If the examiner is satisfied, then the plan will be the subject of a local referendum, run by Wiltshire Council.
This referendum is entirely independent of both Parish Councils and our Steering Committee, and is carried out according to strict electoral regulations.
There will be one question with two answers; electors will be asked whether or not they approve of the final Plan.
If the result of the referendum is positive, with more than 50% of those voting opting to support the Plan, then Wiltshire Council will 'make the plan', publish it on the Wiltshire Council website and will take its policies into consideration for future planning decisions.