Towns will get more houses than expected under Wiltshire Council's Core Strategy changes

In Trowbridge, the number of new homes needed under the Core Strategy rises from 6,000 to 7,000

Toby Sturgis, Wiltshire Council’s cabinet member for spatial planning

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Wiltshire Council says every town will have to find room for more houses than they expected, under changes to the county Core Strategy revealed on Monday.

The strategy, which looks at development up to 2026, was thrown into disarray in December when the planning inspector overseeing it, Andrew Seaman, said the number of houses to be built should be increased by 5,000, to 42,000.

The council is proposing revised numbers for each town, amounting to an 11.7 per cent rise for Wiltshire as a whole.

In West Wiltshire, Trowbridge is earmarked to get the biggest number of new homes, up from 6,000 to 7,000.

The plan allows for strategic growth to the south east of the town at Ashton Park, which extends towards the A350 to the south and the railway line to the west.

An additional 950 homes will then be developed at the town once improved secondary school provision is in place toward the end of the plan period and there has been a further assessment of effects on protected bat species and their habitats to ensure they are properly safeguarded.

Consultation on the revised figures runs until May 27. Details are online at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/wiltshirecorestrategyexamination

Copies of the documents can be viewed at the main council offices in Trowbridge, Chippenham, Devizes and Salisbury.

Mr Seaman will consider points made during the public consultation before completing his report on the Core Strategy. It is expected to be ready for consideration by councillors by summer.

Toby Sturgis, the council’s cabinet member for spatial planning, said: “Our vision is to create stronger and more resilient communities and, by ensuring we have a robust development plan in place to manage growth – both in terms of housing and economic development – we can achieve this.

“We would like to thank everyone who has responded.

"Anyone interested in helping us achieve the balance between ensuring our communities grow in a sustainable way, while protecting this county’s unique identity, should look at the document and comment.

“We encourage people to get involved as it’s community engagement that continues to shape and inform this incredibly important strategy.”

The new allocation of houses in the revised Core Strategy is as follows:
In Trowbridge, the number of new homes to be built will go up from 6,000 to 7,000.

In Bradford on Avon, the number rises from 670 to 780. Land has been identified to the east of Bradford on Avon at Kingston Farm for strategic growth.

In the wider Bradford area the number will change from 160 to 185.

In Melksham the number of homes will be increased from 1,930 to 2,240 while in Warminster the figure will go from 1,650 to 1,920 and in Westbury from 1,290 to 1,500.

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4:42pm Thu 17 Apr 14

the optimist says...

There is plenty of room around Seend

I reckon on around 1500 could be built at.Redstocks alone.
There is plenty of room around Seend I reckon on around 1500 could be built at.Redstocks alone. the optimist
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4:48pm Thu 17 Apr 14

bbzz says...

How can something as fundamental as Core Strategy need "modifying" by such a huge amount?? Proper consideration and planning for infrastructure for employment, transport, healthcare and schools is needed BEFORE all the housing development. The Council are just hellbent on mad building frenzies and considering these important features as an afterthought.
How can something as fundamental as Core Strategy need "modifying" by such a huge amount?? Proper consideration and planning for infrastructure for employment, transport, healthcare and schools is needed BEFORE all the housing development. The Council are just hellbent on mad building frenzies and considering these important features as an afterthought. bbzz
  • Score: 4

5:34pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Terry Chivers says...

Once again Wits Council seem to have got things so very wrong the probem is no one ever wants to take responsibilty for getting things so wrong.
Once again Wits Council seem to have got things so very wrong the probem is no one ever wants to take responsibilty for getting things so wrong. Terry Chivers
  • Score: 4

9:49pm Thu 17 Apr 14

moonrakin wurzel says...

So...

infrastructure - BoA bypass? etc... jobs... ? - or is that just "houses" which they can get money from central government for and collect council tax on?

Toby Sturgis uses the word sustainable - it's patently obvious that he doesn't have a clue what that means.

This isn't going to work out well.
So... infrastructure - BoA bypass? etc... jobs... ? - or is that just "houses" which they can get money from central government for and collect council tax on? Toby Sturgis uses the word sustainable - it's patently obvious that he doesn't have a clue what that means. This isn't going to work out well. moonrakin wurzel
  • Score: 3

11:00am Fri 18 Apr 14

ifyoudontlikesomething,changeit says...

bbzz wrote:
How can something as fundamental as Core Strategy need "modifying" by such a huge amount?? Proper consideration and planning for infrastructure for employment, transport, healthcare and schools is needed BEFORE all the housing development. The Council are just hellbent on mad building frenzies and considering these important features as an afterthought.
I think you'll find it is the planning inspector that increased the number of houses and this is driven by government policy rather than the local councils. Our government seems to think that building hundreds of thousands of houses is going to fix our economy and they are forcing these houses on to towns across the country. Thoughts on infrastructure, healthcare, employment and schools seems to have gone completely missed and there is no money to pay for them in any case.

We have exactly the same situation here in Worcester where I have moved from Trowbridge.
[quote][p][bold]bbzz[/bold] wrote: How can something as fundamental as Core Strategy need "modifying" by such a huge amount?? Proper consideration and planning for infrastructure for employment, transport, healthcare and schools is needed BEFORE all the housing development. The Council are just hellbent on mad building frenzies and considering these important features as an afterthought.[/p][/quote]I think you'll find it is the planning inspector that increased the number of houses and this is driven by government policy rather than the local councils. Our government seems to think that building hundreds of thousands of houses is going to fix our economy and they are forcing these houses on to towns across the country. Thoughts on infrastructure, healthcare, employment and schools seems to have gone completely missed and there is no money to pay for them in any case. We have exactly the same situation here in Worcester where I have moved from Trowbridge. ifyoudontlikesomething,changeit
  • Score: 4

12:31am Tue 22 Apr 14

The.Central.Scrutinizer says...

'core strategy' is a ridiculous name designed to confuse.
'core strategy' is a ridiculous name designed to confuse. The.Central.Scrutinizer
  • Score: 1

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