Feedback from the Opening Consultation

Thanks to all those who got involved in our Neighbourhood Plan review launch consultation, responded to the opening survey, or came along to our invited drop-in event.


The opening phase of consultation ran between 10th February and 25th March 2022, it was mixture of online and offline and we received lots of interesting responses.

  • This website was set up as a portal to share information about the Neighbourhood Plan review and as a way to get involved. It had around 150 unique visitors during the consultation period.

  • The Opening Survey was open for the whole consultation period, and received 206 responses.

  • Local newspapers advertised the launch of the Neighbourhood Plan review and details of how people could get involved with the consultation.

  • The Town Council held an invited stakeholder drop-in event on 21st March. There were around 50 attendees.

A full report and summary of all of the comments received has been prepared, and the Town Council is currently assembling the Steering Group to progress the full review of the Neighbourhood Plan, which will draw on the feedback we've received.


Below are some key points of feedback we had from the survey...


What to TREASURE – the top 5 things that residents said we should protect and/or strengthen

  • Beauty of the surrounding countryside

  • Local business and employment

  • Our leisure and sports facilities, such as the Town Park, cricket, football and rugby clubs

  • Our cultural facilities, such as The Athenaeum Centre, Civic Centre and Library

  • Green spaces within the town AND Our independent town centre (joint fifth)

People also mentioned:

What to TRANSFORM – the top 5 things that residents said we should address and/or improve

  • Town Centre regeneration

  • Community facilities and infrastructure

  • Facilities for young people

  • Local employment needs

  • Local housing need / affordability AND The climate emergency (joint fifth)

People also mentioned:

What next for the Neighbourhood Plan review?


Once assembled, the Steering Group will be using the results from the opening consultation to inform updates to the Neighbourhood Plan.


Topic groups, made up of local people from the Steering Group and others who have interest in a particular area will be looking in more detail at the following topic areas:

  1. Housing and Communities

  2. Economy and Town Centre

  3. Environment, Heritage and Design

  4. Getting Around

Over the course of 2022-2023 these local people, supported by officers at the Town Council, together with planning consultants, will be building up local evidence and researching the national and Wiltshire context. There will be more aspects on

which the community will be asked about during that time.


To download the summary report of the opening consultation, click below.

Launch Consultation Summary Report
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To view the full report of the opening consultation, please contact Warminster Town Council on admin@warminster-tc.gov.uk