Local People to have Say on Plans

Local people are being encouraged to have their say on plans which would make communities strong and sustainable by ensuring jobs, services and homes are developed in a balanced way.

Protecting the unique identity of each community as well as creating jobs and managing development underpin the council’s Wiltshire Core Strategy (WCS) consultation document, which will be subject to an additional round of consultation until 8 August 2011.

To ensure as many people as possible can comment on the plans and have the opportunity to ask questions, Wiltshire Council has organised the following exhibitions across the county:

Date

Venue

Time

4 July 2011

Methuen Hall, Corsham

2pm-8pm

5 July 2011

Bouverie Hall, Pewsey

2pm-8pm

5 July 2011

Assembly Hall, Melksham

2pm-8pm

6 July 2011

Neeld Hall, Chippenham

2pm-8pm

7 July 2011

Antrobus House, Amesbury

2pm-8pm

11 July 2011

Ceres Hall, Corn Exchange, Devizes

2pm-8pm

12 July 2011

Nadder Hall, Tisbury

2pm-8pm

13 July 2011

Bridge House, Trowbridge

2pm-8pm

13 July 2011

Village Hall, Lacock

2pm-8pm

14 July 2011

Warminster Library, Warminster

2pm-7pm

14 July 2011

Memorial Hall, Downton

2pm-8pm

15 July 2011

Town Hall, Calne

2pm-8pm

18 July 2011

Wesleyan Hall (Malmesbury Town Hall), Malmesbury

2pm-8pm

18 July 2011

Wootton Bassett Library, Wootton Bassett

2pm-8pm

20 July 2011

Memorial Hall. Ludgershall

2pm-8pm

The responses gathered through the consultation will be used to help draft the WCS – a plan which sets out long-term planning and development aims and principles. This will ensure local people continue to have an integral role in shaping plans which will affect them and their communities.

Last month cabinet approved an additional stage of consultation on the document. It details the amount of new employment land to support job growth and suggests figures for new homes required over the next 15 years to ensure the county’s community areas can grow in a way that meets the needs of local people.

The extra round of consultation comes after the WCS process was delayed following the government’s announcement of its intention to revoke regional spatial strategies – binding housing targets set by government. As a result of the announcement, cabinet decided Wiltshire’s housing requirement should be reviewed.

The council carried out a review and found that the number of homes required in Wiltshire over the next 15 years should be reduced from the government target of 44,400 new homes to the council’s assessment of 37,000. Approximately half of the homes required have already been completed or are in the process of being developed.

Cabinet member with responsibility for economic regeneration and spatial planning, Fleur de Rhe-Philipe, said:

“We want the local people to look at this document, have their say and help us make sure communities are as resilient and sustainable as possible. We must encourage appropriate growth so people rely less on travelling out of their communities to access services and jobs.”

The consultation lasts until August 8 and all documents are available by logging on to the consultation section of the website or the Wiltshire Core Strategy Consultation page

The documents can also be viewed at the council’s offices in Chippenham (Monkton Park), Devizes (Browfort), Salisbury (Milford Street) and Trowbridge (County Hall and Bradley Road) as well as all local libraries.

Comments can be submitted at the consulation section  of the website , or by email to spatialplanningpolicy@wiltshire.gov.uk or in writing to Spatial Planning, Economy and Enterprise, Wiltshire Council, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge, Wiltshire. BA14 8JN.

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