During the consultation there were a few questions that cropped up more than once. We have captured them here:

I don't have enough information to know how many houses should be built. How do I decide?
Please review the housing section again and decide how many houses you think will be needed to meet Cricklade’s needs in the future. You have been given some historic data about the number of dwellings in Cricklade between census dates – there was an increase of 136 dwellings between 2001 and 2011. We also know that the Wiltshire Core Strategy currently expects Cricklade to make a significant contribution towards the target of 115 houses for community area, excluding Royal Wootton Bassett. The actual choice of the number of houses you suggest will reflect your views on the needs of housing to meet local needs. The housing needs survey recommends a minimum of 24 affordable new houses over the next three years to meet local needs. Remember though that we are planning for over a period through to 2026.

Please note that even if you do not have a view on the number of houses you may be able to express it in terms of statements such as “we already have enough houses in Cricklade” or “we need a lot more houses to meet local needs and to support the businesses in our High Street”. If you feel that there should be no more housing or as few new houses as possible then please say this although any total number for Cricklade below about 40 or 50 would we think be very unlikely to be found to be compatible with the Wiltshire Core Strategy and a Neighbourhood Plan with a lower number than this would therefore risk failing its inspection.

I am interested in joining a focus group and helping develop the detailed plan. How do I do this?
Great! The Steering Group need enthusiastic individuals to help work on the feedback we have received and put together a draft Neighbourhood Plan for consultation. If you have a particular interest and are prepared to put in the time and effort to achieve this then please let us know what area you are interested in and your contact details. You can do this by completing the contact form on the “Contact Us” page of this website.
What was the purpose of the dots on each map? Does the number of dots indicate a stronger preference for a particular area to be developed (or not developed)?
The maps were used in preference to asking people to provide written descriptions of areas that they considered might be suitable for development, or should be safeguarded.  All areas identified by dots will be considered by one or more focus groups alongside the other constraints that apply to that area.  An outcome may be that no identified areas are considered suitable for development when considered against the constraints.  Alternatively a selection between potentially suitable areas will need to be made on objective planning criteria.  The numbers of dots on a specific area on a map will not be considered as a weighting factor when considering the suitability for development or safeguarding of that area.
Does the presence of some developers and landowners at the events indicate that their proposals are more likely to proceed?
No. All known landowners with land immediately adjacent to Cricklade’s existing settlement boundary were contacted and asked whether they wished to participate at the events. This enabled those that wished to do so to give an indication of the sort of development that they would consider for their particular land areas if that land were to be developed. 

However the existing policy is for no development outside Cricklade’s existing settlement boundary. This remains the proposed policy within the strategic Wiltshire Core Strategy that will determine policy until 2026, unless changed by a Neighbourhood Plan. All responses to Cricklade’s Neighbourhood Plan consultation will be considered alongside the constraints that apply to all land areas before policies are drafted that may seek to move the settlement boundary and/or allow specified development outside it. Obviously these may include comments on the specific development proposals made by those landowners and developers who chose to be present at the events.

Proposed Neighbourhood Plan policies that are derived from this consultation will be subject to at least two further round of consultations and a referendum before they come into force. 

Note that Cricklade Town Council has no control over whether any individual or company chooses to submit a planning application for any area nor on the final decision. The Town Council can only comment on planning applications as they are determined by Wiltshire Council as Local Planning Authority based on all the planning policies currently in force. However the Neighbourhood Plan, once adopted will have the force of planning law and so will have the ability for example to allow developments in areas where they would otherwise not be allowed.
I responded to the Town Plan last year which asked similar questions. Do I need to repeat my response again?
Yes. The responses to the Town Plan will be a material consideration when developing policies for the Neighbourhood Plan. However as new information becomes available it may be that circumstances or views change.  It is therefore helpful to have as many up to date responses as possible to help frame the policies for the Neighbourhood Plan.  Note owing to the anonymous basis of both surveys it is not possible to tie together any individual response to the Town Plan and the Neighbourhood Plan.