Residents have a say on housing

Residents have a say on housing

Help shape Wiltshire’s housing and development plans up to 2036,” council pleads.

Residents are being encouraged to help shape Wiltshire’s housing and development needs up to 2036 in a new consultation.

Wiltshire Council has to maintain up-to-date plans to support growth and provide new homes, jobs and supporting infrastructure. The plans are supposed to safeguard against speculative and unplanned development and ensure development is sustainable and building integrated local communities.

The consultation and comment is on the Wiltshire Local Plan Review, previously called the Wiltshire Core Strategy.

For information on how to submit comments, visit the council’s website www.wiltshire.gov.uk/planning-policy-local-plan-review

Comments can be made by emailing spatialplanningpolicy@wiltshire.gov.uk or by post to Spatial Planning, Economic Development & Planning, Wiltshire Council, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge, Wiltshire BA14 8JN.

The consultation asks for views on the scope of the Joint Spatial Framework for Swindon and Wiltshire.

The Framework will provide context and evidence to inform individual local plans prepared by both local authorities. Decisions over detailed site allocations will be made through each council’s individual local plan reviews.

The consultation ends at 5pm on Tuesday, December 19. Once the consultation is complete, all responses will be considered for the next stages of the Wiltshire Local Plan Review and the Joint Spatial Framework. More consultations are planned during 2018.

The Wiltshire Core Strategy was adopted in January, 2015. The timetable for the review of the Wiltshire Core Strategy from 2016 to 2036 included renaming as Wiltshire Local Plan.

The government’s housing White Paper ‘Fixing the broken housing market’ (February 2017) and more recently published ‘Planning for the right homes in the right places: consultation proposals’ by Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) on  September 14, set out the government’s clear expectation that plans should be reviewed every five years to ensure plans are in place to support growth.

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