People are being encouraged to help shape Wiltshire’s housing and development needs up to 2036 by participating in a new consultation launched today.
Wiltshire Council has to maintain up-to-date plans to support growth and provide for the delivery of new homes, jobs and supporting infrastructure. These plans safeguard against speculative and unplanned development and help to ensure that future development is more sustainable and helping to build integrated local communities.
Communities and stakeholders are being asked to take part in the initial consultation and comment on the Wiltshire Local Plan Review, previously called the Wiltshire Core Strategy, and the development of a Joint Spatial Framework with Swindon Borough Council.
Toby Sturgis, cabinet member for planning, said: “This is about being on the front foot and ensuring that communities have the opportunity to get involved early in the process. The consultation is important – it’s about homes and jobs, including affordable homes for current and future populations, delivering properties for children and grandchildren over the next 20 years.
“One of our business plan priorities promotes job creation and improving housing supply so people can live and work locally. This timely review of the Wiltshire Local Plan will ensure that planning policies are focused on land for development to support sustainable growth and helping to build resilient communities for the future.”
For information on how to submit your comments please visit the council’s website where all the consultation documents and supporting evidence are available at http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/planning-policy-local-plan-review . The consultation asks for your views on the scope of the future review of the Wiltshire Local Plan and the issues to be considered in preparing the Joint Spatial Framework for Swindon and Wiltshire.
The Joint Spatial Framework will give strategic direction to the scale and location of development and the infrastructure needed to support this development. It will provide the strategic context and evidence to inform the individual local plans prepared by both local authorities. Decisions over detailed site allocations will be made through each councils individual local plan reviews.
The consultation ends at 5pm on Tuesday 19 December. Once the consultation is complete, all responses will be considered and will inform the next stages of the Wiltshire Local Plan Review and the Joint Spatial Framework. Further consultations are planned during 2018.