Last few days for views on housing plans consultation
Wiltshire residents are encouraged to have their say on the draft plan which sets out how Wiltshire Council can plan effectively for growth and meet housing needs for the future before the consultation closes this week.
The draft Housing Site Allocations Plan sets out how to meet housing needs in the most sustainable way for the period up to 2026. The online consultation for the plan launched on 14 July for 10 weeks up to 5pm on 22 September 2017.
The draft plan and accompanying documents are also available at the council's main offices (Chippenham, Salisbury and Trowbridge) and Wiltshire Council libraries.
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.
In preparing the plan the council has engaged with infrastructure providers including in education and health to understand what facilities will be required to support the proposals. The council also has a Wiltshire School Places Strategy to ensure sufficient school places are available into the longer term.
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.
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.