Progression to Regulation 16

Wiltshire Council have finished their review of the Sutton Benger and Draycot Cerne Neighbourhood Development Plan and have determined it has met its basic conditions. It will now be publicised under Regulation 16 of the Regulations with a view to then making the plan available for independent examination.
Wiltshire Council are now required to publicise the plan along with details of how to make response to it on their website for a minimum of 6 weeks.
The consultation will run for a period of 7 weeks and one day which takes account of the school half term and Bank Holiday – from Monday 20th May 2024 to Monday 8th July 2024.
Physical copies will be made available at the Village Hall, Wellesley Arms and the Church for review. The documents will be published on the Wiltshire Council website and we will provide links to this on the Parish Council Website, here and Facebook.

Regulation 15 Submission

Some BIG news from the Sutton Benger NDP team.

Today we submitted the latest version of the NDP plan, Design Guide and Character Appraisal to Wiltshire Council for the next stage of the NDP process.

Thank you everyone who has supported this plan to date, the parish council, and especially the NDP team for all their hard work.

The next stage is for Wiltshire Council to do the following actions as part of Regulation 16.
Reg 16. As soon as possible after receiving a plan proposal which includes each of the documents referred to in regulation 15(1), a local planning authority must—
(a)publicise the following on their website and in such other manner as they consider is likely to bring the proposal to the attention of people who live, work or carry on business in the neighbourhood area—
(i)details of the plan proposal;
(ii)details of where and when the plan proposal may be inspected;
(iii)details of how to make representations;
(iv)a statement that any representations may include a request to be notified of the local planning authority’s decision under regulation 19 in relation to the neighbourhood development plan; and
(v)the date by which those representations must be received, being not less than 6 weeks from the date on which the plan proposal is first publicised; and
(b)notify any consultation body which is referred to in the consultation statement submitted in accordance with regulation 15, that the plan proposal has been received.
Following this, the plan will be submitted for examination.

Thank you everyone who has supported this plan to date, the parish council, BlueStone Planning, and especially the NDP team for all their hard work.

Regulation 14 Consultation – Go-live

Time to get involved!

Neighbourhood Development Plan Regulation 14 consultation

This consultation will be live from 20th January and run until 3rd March. Don’t miss your chance to let us know what you think.

To review the documents, go to and submit your feedback online.

Printed documents can be accessed at the Church or the Pit Stop.  Comments can be left in the notebook provided.

Not sure what this is all about? Check out our FAQs

Regulation 14 Consultation

Over the last few months, the team has been busy finalising the core documents that will form the submission to Wiltshire Council followed by an independent examination and referendum.  Before that submission happens there is the most important phase so far – this is the Regulation 14 Consultation, and this is where we ask for your views.

We plan to kick off this pre-submission consultation at the Parish Council meeting on December 14th at 6:45 pm in the Village Hall and we invite you to come along, look at the documents and let us know your feedback. STOP PRESS: Although we will be at the Village Hall to answer all your questions, not all documents will be available.  However, keep an eye out for the revised start date of the consultation online and on village notice boards. 

The full documents will be available to look at and we will summarise the main points and policies for you.  Physical documents will be available for you as well as online so you can review them at your own pace.

This pre-submission consultation will run for around 8 weeks rather than the statutory 6 to consider the Christmas period.  Following this,  the plan will be finalised, with modifications, as necessary.  Then the plan is submitted to Wiltshire Council, with supporting statements.

Please join us for the kick-off meeting on Dec 14th and contact us with your Feedback.

Vision and Objectives Consultation

We’d love to hear your thoughts on our Vision and Objectives for Sutton Benger, contact us with your opinions.

Our vision for Sutton Benger & Draycot Cerne is:

To maintain the rural character and landscape of the Parish (Plan Area), whilst supporting sustainable development that is of an appropriate scale and design to benefit the local community.

Our objectives are:

Protecting the Built and Rural Environment

  • To ensure that new sustainable development respects the form and pattern of development of the settlements in the Parish and is designed to be of a high quality and energy-efficient design which is compatible with the local character and the local landscape.
  • To identify, protect and enhance the Parish’s designated and non-designated heritage assets and their setting.
  • To maintain the Parish’s rural setting, while retaining the openness between the settlements to protect their individual identity
  • Enhance natural capital and biodiversity assets within the Parish
  • To reduce existing and future flood risk to Sutton Benger and surrounding communities


  • To support appropriate and sustainable minor development/infill housing schemes (including those to meet local needs) within the settlements in accordance with the Character Appraisal and Design Guide, to maintain the rural character of the Parish.
  • To ensure any proposed housing meets the requirements of villagers as identified in the Rural Housing Needs Survey

Transport & Accessibility

  • To improve accessibility by non-vehicular modes of transport within the Parish by promoting improvements to the existing footpath linkages.
  • Ensure that the Weight Limit and speed limit through the village is maintained at a suitable limit befitting the village context (community aspiration).
  • To protect and improve public transport services (community aspiration).
  • To ensure adequate levels of off-road parking provisions are provided and locate new development such that it does not exacerbate existing problems

Open Space

  • To maintain, enhance and improve access to public open spaces for all members of the community and protect these spaces from inappropriate development.

Better Facilities for Local People

To seek opportunities wherever possible to maintain and enhance the social and economic vitality of the Parish by supporting and expanding the range of services and facilities.

Informal Drop in session – 24th November, 7:30 pm at Village Hall

Sutton Benger NDP group is hosting an informal drop-in session at the Village Hall Wednesday 24th Nov at 7:30 pm to support the launch of the Housing Needs Survey.
Come along and have a glass of wine, talk to us about what we are doing to produce the NDP and let us know your views.
The housing needs survey goes live on 22/11 and runs until 20/12. It can be accessed at

Green Space Consultation

What is a Green Space?

It is a green area that is important to village life. For instance, because of its recreational value, or perhaps it is significant for wildlife, or its beauty or the tranquillity it offers.

For example, a village green, allotments, the Sutton Benger Rec, footpaths, bridleways, riverbanks, highway verges.

To meet planning criteria, a green space must be i.) close to the community ii.) of local importance, iii.) local in character and NOT an extensive tract of land.

How can you help?

We want to know about areas that you think are important so we can consider them as part of the neighbourhood plan; send us your comments and photos by 21st March 2021.

Contact us by email or on FaceBook

Review the current Green Spaces by downloading this file: Sutton Benger Green Spaces