Wiltshire Core Strategy - Found Sound

The Core Strategy for Wiltshire Council was inspected and approved on 1 December 2014

The Inspector has found that the Wiltshire Core Strategy is sound provided that modifications are made. The majority of the modifications had been proposed by Wiltshire council.

The modifications cover a wide range of matters and include

- An increase in the minimum number of houses to be provided over the plan period, from 37,000 to at least 42,000 and revisions to their distribution;

- A commitment to partially review the Core Strategy to enable an adequate development plan basis for decision making over the plan period to 2026;

- A commitment to produce additional Development Plan Documents to ensure the effective delivery of necessary development. Such documents will include a Housing Sites Allocation DPD, a Gypsy and Traveller DPD based upon updated needs evidence and a Chippenham Site Allocation DPD;

- The creation of two different affordable housing targets across the county to reflect development viability;

- Clarification of the approach to be taken towards renewable energy to be consistent with national policy;

- Clarity of the approach to be taken towards natural and heritage assets to be effective and consistent with national policy.

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