Help shape Wiltshire’s plans to 2036 : Wiltshire Local Plan Review
Wiltshire Council has a statutory duty to plan for the new homes, jobs and infrastructure needed to support Wiltshire’s communities while protecting the local environment and quality of life and to keep it’s plans up to date.
The Council is reviewing the Wiltshire Core Strategy adopted in January 2015 which sets out policies for the future development of the county over the period to 2026 and is used in the determination of planning applications. The review of the Wiltshire Core Strategy (renamed the Wiltshire Local Plan) will extend the period to which the plan relates to 2036.
This is your opportunity to inform the review of the local plan. The consultation starts on Tuesday 7 November 2017. All comments should be submitted by 5pm Tuesday 19 December 2017
The Council is seeking the views of the Wiltshire community on the scope of the review, including the preparation of a Joint Spatial Framework to consider how development across the Borough of Swindon and the Wiltshire Council area should take place. Consultation documents have been prepared to stimulate discussion and ask questions about the strategic issues to be considered in the review in relation to Chippenham, Salisbury and Trowbridge (as Wiltshire’s principal settlements) and the market towns named in the core strategy.
For example, in relation to Salisbury, the consultation documents include information about the recent rate of house building (including affordable housing), employment change and environmental constraints. The Salisbury profile acknowledges:
- Major investments in the city centre on regeneration sites, a main Wiltshire Core Strategy focus, have yet to be realised. The delivery of city centre schemes could be a significant support for the city’s retail and tourism sector.
- Rates of employment development (in B use classes) have been slow and new employment land difficult to realise on strategic sites.
- Large strategic mixed sites on the periphery have only recently commenced.
- There are possible infrastructure and environmental constraints to growth, including the impact of increasing phosphate levels affecting the River Avon SAC.
And asks the questions:
- Should the role of the City change in emphasis from that envisaged in the Wiltshire Core Strategy? If so, how?
- What potential is there for economic growth, in what sectors and what land and premises will need to be provided? Are current employment land allocations sufficient?
- Is there scope to bring about more re-use of brownfield sites to limit the loss of greenfield land, such as at Churchfields? If so, how could this be realised?
- Looking to 2036, what should be the key investments in transport or other major infrastructure?
All the consultation documents and supporting evidence will be available on the Councils web site from the 7th (http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/planning-policy-local-plan-review) and are available to view during normal opening hours at the Council’s main offices at Monkton Park (Chippenham), Bourne Hill (Salisbury), County Hall (Trowbridge) and at all Wiltshire Council libraries.