A series of information events, as part of a consultation on a draft plan which sets out how Wiltshire Council can plan effectively for growth and meet housing needs for the future, are being held across Wiltshire this month.
The information events at Trowbridge, Salisbury, Chippenham and Devizes will focus on the draft Housing Site Allocations Plan which sets out how to meet housing needs in the most sustainable way for the period up to 2026. The consultation will be launched on 14 July and will be available for comment for 10 weeks up to 5pm on 22 September 2017.
Housing growth is a government priority and all local authorities have to prepare plans to identify sites for development. Much of the housing growth for Wiltshire has already been delivered or identified and the proposed plan brings forward further sites, designed to ensure the scale of growth appropriate for Wiltshire as a whole is managed and directed at the most sustainable locations.
The draft plan also reviews existing boundaries around many of Wiltshire’s settlements to ensure these are up to date.
The Wiltshire Core Strategy, which was adopted after wide consultation in 2015, sets the framework for the plan.
Toby Sturgis, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for planning said: “I’d encourage people to inspect these draft proposals and share their views by attending an event or filling in the online consultation. I’m looking forward to hearing what people have to say as we work together to ensure Wiltshire has sufficient housing for our local communities into the future.”
The draft plan and accompanying documents will be made available for comment on the council’s website at the start of the public consultation period from 14 July for 10 weeks. These will also be made available at the council’s main offices (Chippenham, Salisbury and Trowbridge) and Wiltshire Council libraries. As part of the consultation there will be four public exhibitions from 12 noon to 7pm on:
- 17 July 2017 – Chippenham Neeld Community and Arts Centre
- 19 July 2017 –Salisbury Guildhall
- 24 July 2017 –Devizes Town Hall
- 26 July 2017 –Trowbridge, County Hall
Once the consultation is complete the feedback will be considered by cabinet and full council before the draft plan is submitted to the Secretary of State for examination by an independent inspector. The inspector will consider the consultation responses as part of the examination and issue a report indicating whether the plan can be adopted.