Melksham Without Parish Council
Melksham Without Parish Council
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Melksham Without Parish Council encourage residents to take part in the consultation on a proposal for a large solar battery storage installation north of Whitley.

This is just the first stage in a series of consultations until an eventual planning application. We understand that the developers of the scheme are still in their fact-finding stage, and are undecided if the best site for the battery storage is near the connection to the Grid at Beanacre or better sited near the solar farms which will be further north in the Malmesbury and Shertston area. Wherever it is, there will still be underground cables connecting the solar farm sites to the electricity substation at Beanacre.

You can find information on their website or attend webinars where you can ask questions. There are a series of drop-in sessions too, and whilst you can attend any, the nearest are in Shaw Village Hall on Thurs 11th April 2 to 6pm and Corsham Town Hall on Weds 10th April 3.30 to 7.30pm. There will also be online community webinars on Wednesday 27 March 17:30-19:00 and Wednesday, 17 April, 17:30-19:00. Zoom - details on how to join can be found at You can also write or send the feedback form to FREEPOST Lime Down Solar, with no stamp needed. Please also send thoughts on any projects and schemes that any community benefit payments could assist, if the project goes ahead.

Whilst it's important to have your say directly to the solar farm consultation, it would be useful for the parish council to have a copy of your comments and suggestions if possible, to keep them informed of the views of local residents. The parish council will be considering its submission to the consultation at its Planning Committee meeting on Monday 8th April at 7pm at its offices on the first floor of the Campus. All welcome.

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Information on how to contact your councillor can be found on the Councillors and Representatives page. Their email addresses are provided, but if you wish to ring or write a letter to your councillor please contact the office on 01225 705700 or email: for their details.

For urgent matters please ring the out of hours mobile 07341 474234 (please ring, not text, as diverted to a staff member)

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

Map showing Melksham Without within 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 22nd April 2024

There are several villages and communities in the parish, each with its own distinct character and needs.

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Adopted at the Annual Council Meeting on 22 May 2023

  • Neighbourhood Plan Review*
    • Implementation, monitor and use of policies in NHP#1
    • Review of Plan of current Plan, production of draft NHP#2, formal consultation and submission to Wiltshire Council
  • To input and influence the Local Plan Review with Wiltshire Council*
  • To influence and lobby in conjunction with Wiltshire Area Local Planning Alliance (WALPA) Central Government to change the new NPPF (National Planning Policy Framework) legislation for Neighbourhood Plans protected to a 3-year land supply, to hold for more than 2 years (working with WALPA Wiltshire Area Localism & Planning Alliance)
  • Water refill points to progress installation of water refill points at Shaw & Bowerhill sports field
  • To review the Emergency Plan*
  • Move towards pilot of Real Time Information (RTI) in bus shelters (Mitchell Drive and Melksham Market Place)*
  • Bowerhill Sports Field enhancement project teen shelter/gym equipment
  • Shurnhold Fields car park and improved entrance project*
  • To continue to maintain a good working relationship with Wiltshire Council, the Area Board and all the neighbouring parishes who abut Melksham Without.
  • Progress East of Melksham Community Centre with Melksham Town Council
  • * with Melksham Town Council



Approved at Annual Council meeting on 22 May 2023

  • To continue to use less paper/become more climate friendly (in line with Wiltshire Councils goal of being Carbon Neutral by 2030)
  • Work towards obtaining Quality Gold Award
  • Continue to provide enhanced access to council meetings via remote technology to improve community engagement
  • To obtain mains drainage for Beanacre (Westlands Lane installation already taking place in 2023)
  • To achieve best outcome for the parish as a whole, for the A350 Bypass
  • To continue to progress wider Realtime Information (RTI) in bus shelters across the parish and town*
  • To seek to obtain higher speed internet access in the parish
  • To develop a policy to improve road safety in the parish, maximising the levers that the council have control or influence over
  • *working with Melksham Town Council


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Winter Newsletter

Mon 15th April 2024
Annual Parish Meeting at 6.30pm- Melksham Rugby Club
Click Here for the Agenda
Mon 22nd April 2024
Full Council - 7pm at Melksham Community Campus (First Floor)
Mon 29th April 2024
Planning Committee - 7pm at Melksham Community Campus (First Floor)
Mon 29th April 2024
Highways & Streetscene Committee (following Planning meeting) - CANCELLED
Mon 13th May 2024
Annual Council Meeting at 7.00pm at Melksham Community Campus
Mon 20th May 2024
Planning Committee - 7pm at Melksham Community Campus (First Floor)
Mon 20th May 2024
Finance Committee (after Planning) at Melksham Community Campus (First Floor)
Mon 10th June 2024
Planning Committee - 7pm at Melksham Community Campus (First Floor)
Mon 17th June 2024
Full Council - 7pm at Melksham Community Campus (First Floor)
Mon 1st July 2024
Planning Committee - 7pm at Melksham Community Campus (First Floor)
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Meeting Calendar