Melksham Without Parish Council
Melksham Without Parish Council

in the heart of WEST WILTSHIRE

Reg 14 consultation on draft Melksham Neighbourhood Plan ** NOW OPEN **

Notice of Regulation 14 Pre-Submission Consultation and Publicity on the Draft Melksham Neighourhood Plan

Melksham Town Council and Melksham Without Parish Council have prepared a Draft Neighbourhood Plan for the parishes of Melksham Town and Melksham Without. The Plan proposes a number of planning policies which, once adopted, must be used in the determination of planning applications within the Parishes.

In accordance with the Neighbourhood Plan (General) Regulations 2012, Melksham Town Council and Melksham Without Parish Council are required to publicise the Draft Melksham Neighbourhood Plan and invite comments. Copies of the Plan will be available for public inspection for eight weeks commencing Monday 1st June 2020 and ending at midnight on Monday 27th July 2020. (Please note this is an extension of closing date)

The decision to proceed with this consultation has been carefully considered, given the current situation with Covid-19.  Though we are currently not able to hold public events or have hard copies of the draft plan available in public locations, people are invited to call or email with any questions or for support to access the plan and/or the comments form. Please keep checking the website for updates.
The draft plan will be available for inspection online at  a comments form is also available to download.
If you have any problems accessing the Plan, Comments Form or Evidence Documents please get in touch so that we can arrange for hard copies to be posted to you and/or a visit be arranged to view them at the Town Hall or Parish Council office, by appointment. Please contact:
Linda Roberts, Clerk, Melksham Town Council: or telephone 01225 704187
Teresa Strange, Clerk, Melksham Without Parish Council: or telephone 01225 705700

Any  person or organisation may comment on the Plan. 
All representations must be received by either Melksham Town Council or Melksham Without Parish Council no later than midnight on Monday 27 July 2020.  All representations will be available* and will be considered by both Councils in producing the final plan, which will then be submitted to Wiltshire Council for Regulation 16 consultation and Independent Examination.   
(*with personal information redacted). 
We will share information of who was contacted with Wiltshire Council to enable contact again at the Regulation 16 stage.

Council Meeting Update
Melksham Without Parish Council Office Closed


Following the recent Government advice,  Melksham Without Parish Council have taken the regrettable decision to close their office to the public.

Office staff can be reached by the Council Mobile Phone
07341 474234

You can also reach office staff and councillors by email (see website for details) or send to

Parish Council staff will continue to undertake their duties, including the amenities staff who will carry on with health and safety inspections of play areas, playing fields and allotments in the parish until Government advice changes.

Please check for regular updates and useful information on the Parish Council website.

Melksham Without Parish Council Meetings 

The Parish Council Meetings are currently being held remotely but as residents and interested parties you can still participate virtually or watch by live streaming. The council agendas are still being published on the website and local noticeboards, and it gives full details of how to get involved.

Follow us on Social Media
The Council's facebook page is Melksham Without Parish Council or for additional community news find and friend request Teresa Strange (Clerk to Melksham Without).  On Twitter the Council's account is @melkshamwithout and on instagram melkshamwithoutpc

In the case of urgent Parish matters that cannot wait until the office is open please ring
07341 474234

The Parish of Melksham Without is in the Melksham Community Area.

It surrounds the Town of Melksham and has thirteen Members. It is the largest rural parish in Wiltshire and has a population of approximately 7,500. It covers an area of 2,904 hectares (7,173 acres).

The next Full Council Meeting is on Monday 27th July 2020

There are several villages and communities in the parish, each with its own distinct character and needs.
Your Council is Here to Serve You

If you are a resident of Melksham Without and have an issue you would like raised with your local council, please get in touch with the Clerk or your local Councillors.

If you have any comments about our web site or suggestions for information or resources that you would like to see added, please let us know via the feedback page.

adopted at the Annual Council Meeting 13th May 2019
  • To continue working to produce a robust, community led Neighbourhood Plan for the designated Area.
  • To continue to investigate the possibility of installing a Teen Shelter in Bowerhill.
  • To continue to actively seek ways to promote the hire of the Bowerhill Sports Field and Pavilion changing room facilities.
  • To continue to work in partnership with Melksham Town Council & the Friends of Shurnhold Fields to actively develop the shared Public Open Space at Shurnhold Fields.
  • To continue to work with partner organisations to achieve flood alleviation in the parish.
  • To continue to work with the relevant organisations to improve Shaw Play Area.
  • To continue to maintain a good working relationship with Wiltshire Council, the Area Board and all the neighbouring parishes who abut Melksham Without.
  • To ensure, following the Local Government Boundary Commission for England review of the unitary boundaries in the County, that Melksham Without maintains its integrity and independence in order that the rural nature of the parish and the individual character of its constituent villages and communities are preserved.

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