• View of Corsley from Cley Hill View from the hill
    The manor of Whitbourne was sold in 1544, on the dissolution of the Monastery of Maiden Bradley, together with lands in Bugley and Corsley, also belonging to the Monastery, to Richard Andrewes and John Howe for the sum of £1,094.
  • Maple leaves in Dertford Woods, CorsleyMaple leaves in Dertford Woods, Corsley
  • Panorama of Corsley Panorama of Corsley
    Dominating the local skyline, a walk up Cley Hill will reward you with some magnificent views for miles around!
  • Sheep and lambs in CorsleySheep and lambs in Corsley
  • Sunset over Lane End, Corsley Sunset over Lane End
    Lane End is one of the seven hamlets that, by the Middle Ages, Corsley had been divided into: Longhedge, Lyes Green, Corsley Heath and three Whitbournes. Corsley was unified after the Reformation when it was gradually acquired by the Thynnes. In turn they bought the three Whitbournes, Bugley, Corsley Manor, Huntenhall and Little Corsley. The name Corsley is obscure, but probably comes from the Old British ‘Cors’ meaning reeds or a swamp.
  • Spider's web with dew dropsSpider's web with dew drops
  • Corsley ManorCorsley Manor
    Manor Farm, Corsley is a fine example of a grade II* Elizabethan manor house. In 1539, the manor of Corsley was granted to Edward Seymour who leased it to his steward, John Thynne. Eventually, Thynne was granted the manor and lived at the present Manor Farm from 1563 to 1568 whilst building Longleat House. The Manor celebrated it's 450th birthday in 2013 with a lavish luncheon for all the villagers.
  • Clouds over CorsleyClouds over Corsley
  • St Margaret's Church, Corsley St Margaret's Church
    Originally named St. James's Chapel and built before the thirteenth century, it was changed to St. Margaret of Antioch's Church in 1786. By 1830 the original church was in a very poor state of repair and too small for the parish. A new church was designed by John Leachman and whilst the re-building was in progress, services were held in John Ball's malthouse. The new church consisted of just a nave and tower — there's no chancel. Inside, the pulpit survives from the old church and dates from c1700.
  • Meadows between Corsley and ChapmansladeMeadows between Corsley and Chapmanslade
  • View of Dertford and Lane End from Dertford WoodAONB and SLA
    Corsley stands within the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Outlying parts of the village not covered by the AONB are in a Special Lansdscape Area spreading from Corsley Heath across to Chapmanslade Ridge.
  • Cley Hill from CorsleyCley Hill from Corsley
  • Dairy herd grazing at CorsleyFarming
    Sitting on a fertile mix of clay and sandy soil, the farmland surrounding Corsley makes ideal grazing for both dairy and beef herds.
  • Flooding at Redford Water fordFlooding at Redford Water ford
  • St Mary's Church, CorsleySt Mary's Church
    In 1899 Mary Barton, of Corsley House, died and left £10,000 in her will for the purchase of a piece of land at Whitbourne Temple. She wanted an Anglican ‘chapel of ease’ built in memory of her husband and son. Opened in 1903, W H Stanley of Trowbridge designed the chapel in the Arts and Crafts gothic style – the interior retains many of it's original fittings.
  • Trees on the A362 at CorsleyTrees on the A362, Corsley
  • Cley Hill Cley Hill
    A scheduled ancient monument and declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest in 1975 and rising some 80m above the surrounding land, Cley Hill is home to many plant and animal species having a nationally restricted distribution (a bit rare!). Covering more than 65 acres it is also significant for its geology and archaeology: formed by ancient seas it has been shaped by man from prehistoric times right through to the 19th century when it was quarried for its chalk.
  • Down the lane to Corsley MillDown the lane to Corsley Mill
  • Cley Hill Cley Hill
    A scheduled ancient monument and declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest in 1975 and rising some 80m above the surrounding land, Cley Hill is home to many plant and animal species having a nationally restricted distribution (a bit rare!). Covering more than 65 acres it is also significant for its geology and archaeology: formed by ancient seas it has been shaped by man from prehistoric times right through to the 19th century when it was quarried for its chalk.

Corsley Parish Council

January Brief

For a change, the PC did hold a meeting in December (via Zoom), on the 7th, with a full agenda, attendance by representatives from Wiltshire Council and members of the public. The meeting covered finance, planning applications, Little Cuckoos, Bay Tree and other routine matters.

Planning applications
20/08722/VAR — Longleat:
Installation of external temporary canopies for 2021 season to facilitate social distancing.
This was a variation on previous approvals for visitor facilities at Longleat and ‘no objection’ was recorded.

20/08733/FUL — Batsford Timber Ltd:
Extension to retail building to provide weather cover over their stock; again, ‘ no objection’ was recorded.

20/09215/FUL — Corsley House:
Provision of subsidiary drive, to the north east of of the estate joining the house grounds to ancillary buildings.
The PC registered an objection to this application on the grounds that: It constitutes development across what is currently agricultural land
There is already adequate access to the buildings
The entrance/exit is at the junction of two narrow lanes with the probability that access/egress will cause problems when traffic is encountered
Previous similar applications have been refused.

20/09699/FUL — Gloworm Cottage:
Change of use and improvement to existing access off Lane End Hill Road (A362).
The PC registered an objection to this application on the grounds that:
It constitutes development across agricultural land
The access onto the A362 is on a stretch that is unrestricted and is at a point where traffic is accelerating out of the 40 mph zone at Corsley Heath. This is a busy road and visibility at the access point is not good. With the potential for development of the livery business at the site, the traffic using this entry would increase road traffic safety risk.

20/09969/FUL — The Mews, Knapps Gate:
Replacement of detached garage roof and addition of solar panels. A ‘ no objection’ was registered.

Bay Tree Development
Christine Brown, Residential Development Project Manager, Housing Assets and New Developments, responsible for the next phase of the Bay Tree development, attended the meeting along with three colleagues. She gave a presentation on the detail of the plans accompanied by a 3D ‘fly through’ visualisation of the next phase of the development. Two options were tabled, each including a putative site for a new Village Hall. The latter was incorporated after an offer earlier this year from Wiltshire Council to include this for outline planning approval to assist the village debate on options for the future of the Reading Room. These would have been discussed at the cancelled Annual Parish Meeting in March this year.

The latest Bay Tree proposal is based on the outcome of the recent Social Housing Survey conducted by Wiltshire Council, and proposes three two-bedroom shared ownership bungalows and two two-bedroom bungalows as rented social housing. The houses would be of modular construction with a new access to the site from the A362 at the eastern end, the houses located close to the A362. The two village hall site options were on the left or right of the access. A new footpath would connect the site to the existing Bay Tree development and Red Cottages. (Note: the new Bay Tree development has no relationship with the PC sponsored open market housing survey conducted at the same time).

The PC discussion focussed on access and road safety, sewage, piecemeal development of the site and the inclusion of the potential village hall site.

Wiltshire Council has two reasons for proposing a new access. Firstly, it is very keen to place the new housing close to the A362, at the front of the site, and this predicates a new access and, secondly, the possibility of a village hall precludes a public access route via the existing private entry via Bay Tree Close. However, the PC felt that the possibility of a new access off the A362 was a potential road safety issue in a 40 mph zone and this fact should be taken account of in the imminent new speed review. Wiltshire Council agreed to ensure that this aspect would be notified to Highways.

As during development of the last tranche of social housing, there was considerable debate over sewage disposal and the possibility of yet more land being used simply for a third soakaway. Wiltshire Council recognised these concerns and the possible other options of connecting to existing adjacent systems is still under investigation.

Concern was also expressed over the inefficiency of development of the Bay Tree site in small ‘bites’. The new plan is now the third, each with its own services. Wiltshire explained that they were tied to the availability of funding which itself was available only in packages.

In general, there was no objection to the general building plan for additional social housing. However. no conclusion was reached on the inclusion of the potential village hall site and it was agreed that a further PC meeting would be held in January, after the Reading Room Trustees had met, to allow a conclusion to be reached and reported to Wiltshire Council to meet their project plan. Their next stage would be to put in a ‘pre‐planning’ application.

Little Cuckoos Pre‐school
Little Cuckoos sought PC support for an additional small building to act as an office, exact location on the site to be decided, which they are in the process of procuring. Some concern was expressed over this step being a move towards increased pupil numbers and more traffic to and from the site, but the PC was reassured that the building did not represent additional classroom space; it was simply to meet administrative needs. The PC had no objection, provided that the proper planning approval procedures and terms of their lease were followed, with the PC to be kept informed of progress.

Casual vacancy
As previously reported, a Casual Vacancy has arisen after John Fairgrieve's resignation earlier this year. Full elections are due on the 6th May and the deadline has passed by which by which a by‐election could be allowed. However, the PC is still allowed to co‐opt if candidate(s) are forthcoming. Public notices have been posted and, if volunteers are forthcoming, co‐option procedures will be employed.

In addition, at least two of the current councillors will be standing down in May and there will be need for replacements. All interested volunteers welcome — please contact either me or John Willcox (Parish Clerk).

The PC agreed the spending plan for the remainder of this financial year, which includes a sum set aside for grants and donations for which a notice will go in next month's edition of The Bridge. The budget for the next two years (see below) was also agreed, along the same lines as the previous years, uplifted for inflation. A precept of £9574 for 2021/22 was agreed.


Unspent balance brought forward
Car park maintenance fund
Bus stop fund

Total in bank account at previous year end £8,101.40 £8,101.40
Administrative Expenses*
Maintenance Old School car park (reserve)
Bus stop refurbishment




Total expenses £10,531.80
Other Income


Balance from in year income/expenditure -£403.32

*Includes £700 to Wiltshire for streetscene/roads

Annual Parish Meeting
At this point in time it is uncertain whether or not we will be able to have the normal Annual Parish Meeting. If this does happen, the outline plan is to revert the intended main agenda item for this year, the Reading Room and its material state.

Lodge Hill Solar Farm By now, some residents will have heard about or received a letter, pamphlet and a feedback form regarding the likelihood of a planning application for a 52 acre solar farm at Lodge Hill on the western edge of Chapmanslade, in Selwood Parish, Mendip District. Chapmanslade PC were invited to comment; Corsley PC was not, although many residents have received a pamphlet from Wessex Solar Energy inviting feedback on the proposal. At present Wessex Solar Energy have forwarded a ‘screening’ application (2020/1901/SCREEN) to Mendip, with a view to getting &lsquo: ... a screening opinion under Regulation 5 of the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2011 (the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations) as to whether an EIA would be required for the Solar Park, and more generally the Council's opinion on the information to be provide in any future application for Planning Permission for the Solar Park.’

Corsley PC has written to Wessex Solar Energy to inform them that Corsley PC has requested that it be included on the list of consultees, though this is not an essential prerequisite for comment to Mendip Council.

Corsley PC has had one communication from a resident of Chapmanslade Parish, but would welcome any views from Corsley parishioners, especially those who overlook the proposed site, e.g, the north side of Lyes Green and Corsley Heath.

Dates of scheduled meetings
All meetings begin at 7.30pm, as currently planned.

Annual Parish Meeting                   March 2021 (date TBA)
Annual Parish Council Meeting      10th May, (election of Chair/Vice Chair)
Quarterly Meeting                           7th June
Quarterly Meeting                           6th September
Quarterly Meeting                           6th December

Neil Britten
01373 832515
07810 764714

Proposed Lodge Hill Solar Park

Wessex Solar Energy have writen to all residents in the vicinity of the site to inform you of proposals for a solar energy park on land a little to the south of Adams Hill Farm.

No planning application has yet been lodged for the project and, in more normal times, they would hold a public drop‐in session to allow residents to talk through the project proposals with them.

Sadly, coronavirus restrictions make that challenging. They have therefore done their best to present information in the leaflet to help inform residents about key aspects of the project.

A stamped addressed envelope/feedback form have been provided for any questions or comments to be made, or, you can contact them by email (full details are in the leaflet).

Corsley Parish Council

Notice of vacancy in Office of Councillor for the Parish of Corsley

Notice is hereby given that due to the resignation of John Fairgrieve, a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council.

In accordance with Section 89(3) of the Local Government Act 1972, where the vacancy occurs within six months before the day on which the councillor whose office is vacant would regularly have retired, an election shall not be held under Section 89(1) of the above Act, and the vacancy will be filled at the next ordinary election of councillors on Thursday 6 May 2021.

The Council may choose to fill the vacancy by co‐option for the period until that election.

Forfurther information, please contact the parish clerk.
Mr John Willcox
Parish Clerk
Little Orchard
Court Lane
BA12 7PA

Terence Herbert
Returning Officer
Electoral Services, Wiltshire Council
County Hall, Bythesea Road
Trowbridge, BA14 8JN

Road Closure

Corsley Heath (A362)
25th January to 3rd February
(7pm to 6am)

Temporary Closure of: A362 (Part), Corsley (Ref: TTRO 6907)

A362, Corsley Heath, for a distance of approximately 760 metres in a westerly direction, to enable Wiltshire Council to carry out carriageway resurfacing, road marking and adjustment of ironworks.

Alternative route
Via Out of County - A36 -A362 (unaffected length) and vice versa.

It is anticipated that the works will take the stated duration to complete depending upon weather conditions. Access will be maintained for residents and businesses where possible, although delays are likely due to the nature of the works.

For further information please contact:
Jon Moss (Atkins) on the behalf of Wiltshire Council on 01225 730360.
Sustainable Transport Group
County Hall, Bythesea Road
Trowbridge BA14 8JN

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks

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Rural Services Network

Rural Funding Digest
November 2020

Rural Funding Digest

The monthly bulletin from the Rural Services Network highlighting a selection of current funding opportunities. Visit the website here

MyWilts online reporting

MyWilts is the new way to send reports to Wiltshire Council and replaces the MyWiltshire app.

What can I report using MyWilts?
Abandoned vehicles
Fly Tipping
Weather emergencies
Dog mess

Over time more services will be added to MyWilts, making it simpler, quicker and easier to access the services digitally, when you choose to.

Why should you register for an account?
If you register for an account, you will receive updates as the case you reported progresses. You will also have access to view your historical cases and will be able to access additional services.

Using your mobile device?
You can download the new app now from the App Store (Apple) or Google Play (Android) by searching for ‘My Wilts’.

Rubbish and recycling collections

January 2021

█ Black box recycling (glass)
Wednesday 13th and 27th
█ Mixed dry recycling (blue)
Wednesday 13th and 27th
█ Black bin
Monday 4th, Friday 15th and 29th
█ Garden waste (green)
Wednesday 20th
Visit Wiltshire Council for more information on what you can now recycle in your blue-lidded bin.

Corsley Community Wildflower Meadow

Corsley Wildflower Meadow

If you'd like to help out maintaining the wildflower meadow at the Old School Playing Field, please contact either Chris or Judith:

Chris Johnson
mobile 07885 695534

Judith Selman
mobile 07746 119418

or connect via Facebook at
Corsley Wildflower Meadow Group

They'd love to hear from you!

Corsley Tennis Club