In 2015, the Cathedral consulted with the public for six months on a draft Master Plan which laid out ideas for the future of the Cathedral and Close. The purpose of the draft plan was to explore ways of improving the experience of visiting, studying and worshipping at the Cathedral for current and future generations.
In May 2016, a summary of the responses was published, drawing together feedback offered by around 2,000 contributors, ranging from local residents, congregation, Cathedral personnel, Cathedral School parents and alumni, local businesses and business groups and numerous other stakeholders. Chapter produced a revised Master Plan in September 2016 which was informed by the consultation feedback, and submitted it to Wiltshire Council, which then conducted its own six week consultation. Wiltshire Council will consider the revised Master Plan together with the consultation responses in the early part of 2017.
Any subsequent developments related to the revised Master Plan will be subject to standard planning processes, which may also include further consultation.
Jackie Molnar, Cathedral Chapter Clerk said: "The Cathedral’s initial consultation last year proved extremely useful in capturing the views of our many stakeholders and their thoughts greatly informed this revised document which we have now submitted to Wiltshire Council. The creation of this Master Plan is an extremely thorough process but vitally important as it will underpin and guide the future development of our great Cathedral for decades to come.”
Below is a short outline of the revised Master Plan.