Consultation events on future housing plans in Wiltshire are underway
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.Toby Sturgis, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for planning
People have been finding out more about the draft plan which sets out how Wiltshire Council can plan effectively for growth and meet housing needs for the future at four information events this month.
Today (26 July) is the last of the information events on the draft Housing Site Allocations Plan at Trowbridge County Hall from 12 noon to 7pm. The 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.
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."
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.