MANP Website External Links

Unfortuntely we have to add a disclaimer as we are only human - The following external links are for information only and are provided as an aid to understanding some of the complexity of the planning process as well as further reading for those who may be interested.

The views and aspirations expressed by these external bodies are not under the control of the Marlborough Area Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, and do not represent the views of the Group. We cannot be held responsible for their content - we aren't omnipotent!


1 - Governmental & Planning Links

The links to these sites are given as an indication of the complexity of the planning process & illustrate how the numerous stakeholders within an area are consulted during the process, and how the process is eventually assessed for transparency.

1.1 - Government Planning Policy Guidance

Specific & general assessments of the social, environmental and economic effects of a plan are described in the Government guidelines on Sustainability Appraisals (SA) and Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)

For more information on these areas of planning policy visit:

Planning Policy Guidance

In addition the National Planning Policy Framework can be found here:

National Planning Policy Framework

1.2 - Marlborough Town Council

Marlborough represents the majority of the population of the MANP area with a population as of the 2011 census of 8092 persons.

This is the website of the Marlborough Town Council & gives access to Town Council works, its services, projects and activities, local events, council meetings timetable & much more.

For more information on the Marlborough Town Council visit:

Marlborough Town Council

For information on Marlborough Town Council’s support for Marlborough as a “Fair Trade” town, visit:

Marlborough Fair Trade

For more information on the Marlborough Conservation Area visit:

Marlborough Conservation Area

For more information on the Manton Conservation Area to the West of Marlborough visit:

Manton Conservation Area

1.3 - Mildenhall Parish Council

Mildenhall represents the next largest partner within the MANP area with a population as of the 2011 census of 477 persons.

Mildenhall (Pronounced Minal) is one of the parishes making up the MANP area, and is a village and civil parish in the Kennet Valley, about 1 mile east of Marlborough. The parish contains three communities – the village of Mildenhall, and the hamlets of Poulton and Stitchcombe.

For information on Mildenhall Parish Council visit:

Mildenhall Parish

For more information on the Mildenhall Conservation Area visit:

Mildenhall Conservation Area

1.4 - North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

The North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a unique and spectacular landscape that includes tranquil open downland, ancient woodland and chalk streams in the centre of southern England.

The North Wessex Downs is managed by the Council of Partners. This comprises representatives of the nine local authorities that have a responsibility for the area, with representatives of Natural England, community and parish, farming and rural business, historic environment, nature conservation, rural recreation and tourism.

(The Council of Partners is the core of the AONB Partnership – the governing body that guides and monitors work to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the North Wessex Downs. The AONB Team operates on behalf of the partners, producing and helping to deliver the AONB Management Plan.)

For more information on the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty visit:

The North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

1.5 - Planning guidelines for neighbourhood plans

This site provides background information and best practice guidelines on how a viable neighbourhood plan can be formulated. It allows people to inspect the process neighbourhood plans must go through to guarantee transparency & accountability to the community whose views it endeavours to reflect.

For more information on the Neighbourhood Plan Planning Guidelines visit:

Planning Guidelines

1.6 - Prince’s Foundation BIMBY (Beauty-In-My-Back-Yard) Toolkit.

The BIMBY process puts the power in your hands to influence new buildings in your area.

The BIMBY Housing Toolkit is a simple and practical online tool which will empower communities to work with local authorities and developers to create a regional BIMBY Housing Manual. It is specifically designed to give both certainty to house builders, who can be sure of their housing's popularity, whilst also granting security to the community and local authority that new building projects will tie in with local preferences and needs.

The MANP Steering Group are using this in outline to guide its consultation with the local community & to establish a viable Neighbourhood Plan.

For more information on the BIMBY process visit:

Prince's Foundation BIMBY Toolkit

1.7 - Savernake Parish Council

Savernake represents the third largest partner within the MANP area with a population as of the 2011 census of 286 persons.

Savernake Parish Council is one of the parishes making up the MANP area, and is centred on the hamlet of Cadley. The parish of Savernake lies directly south of Marlborough and is largely shaped by the forest situated on its eastern side. The forest straddles the Cretaceous chalk plateau lying between Marlborough and Great Bedwyn. It is privately owned by the Marquess of Ailesbury and his family and is administered by trustees. Since 1939 the timber of the forest has been managed by the Forestry Commission on a 999-year lease. The private status of Savernake - Britain's only privately owned forest - is maintained by shutting the forest to the public one day per year.

For information on Savernake Parish Council visit:

Savernake Parish


For more information of the Savernake Chalk Plateau visit:

Savernake Plateau

1.8 - Wiltshire Core Strategy

The Wiltshire Core Strategy Development Plan Document was formally adopted on 20 January 2015. The plan provides a positive and flexible overarching planning policy framework for Wiltshire for the period up to 2026.

The plan was submitted to the Secretary of State on 10 July 2012 for examination and the inspector’s report was published in December 2014. The inspector’s recommended main modifications have been included in the adopted plan.

The Wiltshire County Council Core Strategy provides the framework within which the Marlborough Area Neighbourhood Plan will be formulated.

The Core Strategy Adoption Statement, Adopted Wiltshire Core Strategy and associated background documents are available to download on the following website:

Wiltshire Core Strategy


The documents, studies & reports which provide the planning policy evidence base for the Wiltshire Council Core Strategy along with the methodology used in their assessment can be found here:

Wiltshire Planning Policy Evidence Base


In preparation for the next Wiltshire Core Strategy, Wiltshire Council have produced a Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment which can be found here:

Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment

2 - General Interest Groups

The links to these sites are given as an indication of the type & range of interested parties which are actively involved in helping to oversee the health of our rural, built & social environments.

2.1 - Ark

Action for the River Kennet is comprised of a group of people who care about the River Kennet. Members include local people who enjoy having a healthy river as part of their living environment; tourists and visitors who enjoy walking by and fishing in the Kennet; and environmentalists who want to see a valuable chalk stream protected.

For more information on the ARK visit:

Action for the River Kennet

2.2 - Campaign to Protect Rural England

CPRE believe a beautiful, thriving countryside is important for everyone, no matter where they live. Millions of town and city dwellers recharge their batteries with a walk or a bike ride in the local Green Belt, spend weekends and holidays in our National Parks, or enjoy fresh local produce. People who live in rural areas keep our countryside beautiful and productive.

CPRE work locally and nationally to stand up for the countryside: to protect it from the threats it faces, and to shape its future for the better.

For more information on the CPRE visit:


2.3 - Marlborough Area Development Trust

The Marlborough Area Development Trust (MADT) is a non-profit-making voluntary organisation undertaking projects that help to develop the Marlborough area. Their aims are simple, to strike a balance between the economic, social and environmental evolution of the Marlborough area and to ensure that it is a vibrant, successful and pleasant place to live, work and visit; both now and in the future.

MADT was commissioned by the Marlborough Area Board in 2011 to review and update the Marlborough Area Community Plan.

The MADT Marlborough Area Plan covers nineteen parishes of which only four (Marlborough, Mildenhall, Preshute & Savernake) sit within the MANP area.

For more information on the Marlborough Area Development Trust visit:

The Marlborough Area Development Trust

For more information on the Marlborough Area Plan (2012-2017) produced by MADT, visit:

Marlborough Area Plan

2.4 - Sustrans

Sustrans are a leading UK charity which enlightens people to smarter travel choices, enabling them to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day.

For more information on the Sustrans visit:


2.5 - Transition Marlborough

Transition Marlborough is part of the world-wide Transition Network, which espouses the Permaculture principles of Earth Care, People Care and Fair Shares. It was established in 2011 to work with town and unitary councillors in order to protect the environment by cutting green-house gases and reducing dependency on fossil fuels. Local supporters meet regularly to discuss ways of improving public transport, reducing air pollution, promoting sustainable food production and reducing waste.

The not-for-profit, Kennet Community Energy Ltd, which grew out of Transition Marlborough, is a Community Benefit Society that develops renewable energy for the benefit of the communities in north and east Wiltshire. So far, members' investments have funded four solar PV projects, saving more than 62 tonnes of carbon dioxide per annum.

For more information on the Transition Marlborough visit:

Transition Marlborough

For more information on the Kennet Community Energy Ltd visit:

Kennet Community Energy Ltd

2.6 - Space for Nature

In 2012 a group of Marlborough Downs farmers started to work together to improve nature conservation in the countryside on a big scale.

Inspired by a Government initiative, they developed their own ideas about how to make space for nature in our downland landscape.  When the Government pilot ended in 2015, such was their commitment to the concept and practice of collaborative, bottom-up, landscape-scale conservation that they decided to continue their work as the Marlborough Downs Nature Enhancement Partnership with a new project: Space for Nature.

While most farmers have long been involved in individual environmental schemes, this group believe that their collaborative farmer-led, bottom up approach will lead to far greater and more wide-reaching benefits as a result of their ownership of the project, its targets and its achievements. They are confident that the potential for the longer term legacy of their work is far higher than for that which relies upon financial incentives rather than personal commitment. This project supports and supplements existing effort by delivering more, on a bigger scale with better management of more joined up habitat.

And it isn't just about farmers - this is a partnership that also includes Black Sheep Countryside Management, who designed and manage the project, as well as the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, and Wiltshire Council. On a broader scale, they work with a host of other groups like the Wiltshire Ornithological Society, Butterfly Conservation, Wiltshire Botanical Society, the Wildlife Sites Project and many others to ensure that what they do is good conservation that helps to achieve common goals on a local, regional and national level.

For more information on the Marlborough Downs Nature Enhancement Project: Space for Nature, visit:

Marlborough Downs - Space for Nature