Conservative led Wiltshire Council's Cabinet has today (Tuesday 4 February) agreed to finalise the Wiltshire Housing Site Allocations Plan. Full Council will now consider the adoption of the plan on 25 February.
The plan identifies housing sites throughout the county that will support the delivery of 42,000 homes in Wiltshire between 2006 and 2026. It will ensure an improved housing supply in the county and, once adopted, it will be used alongside the Wiltshire Core Strategy when making planning decisions.
The plan was initially submitted to the Secretary of State on 31 July 2018 for examination by an independent inspector. Since then, public consultation has taken place on proposed changes to the plan, as well as an examination in public. The inspector has concluded that, with his recommended changes, the plan can proceed to adoption. The inspector has recommended:
- The deletion of sites for 80 homes at Market Lavington, 50 homes at Crudwell and 50 homes at Hullavington, as Neighbourhood Plans in these areas can provide for local housing needs.
- The deletion of a site for 100 homes at Land East of Dene, Warminster, due to concerns about the impacts on heritage assets.
- The inclusion of a new site for 10 homes at The Yard, Salisbury.
- The inclusion of policies for all sites to provide an effective basis for decision making.
Cabinet agreed to accept the inspector's report, his conclusions and modifications to the plan, including changes to the policies map.
Conservative Cllr Toby Sturgis, Cabinet Member for Spatial Planning, said: "The Wiltshire Site Allocations Plan, which was approved by cabinet today, has been through extensive consultation with our communities and will enable us to deliver new housing in the most appropriate locations in Wiltshire, which is a government priority.
"The plan will now be considered by Full Council, and if approved its adoption will significantly help support the delivery of housing across Wiltshire and meet the future needs of our communities."