A DRAFT plan which decides where homes should be built in Wiltshire up to 2026 is to go to the Secretary of State for Housing, despite Wiltshire Council admitting it still has concerns about some of what is included.

The full council voted to accept the controversial draft Housing Site Allocation Plan on Tuesday and it will now go to Housing Secretary James Brokenshire who will appoint an inspector to delve into every aspect of it and if necessary hold an inquiry.

A report to the council by officers said: “There remains a reputational risk to the council if it proceeds with the draft plan. This would likely arise from local people who do not want to see development occurring close to where they live, or areas they value.

“Whilst this risk is real, the council is nonetheless charged with making difficult, often controversial decisions in the interests of ensuring it maintains an up-to-date Local Plan and a planned approach to development.”

Many complaints about the plan came from Trowbridge Town Council and councillors representing local wards. One of the most outspoken at the meeting was Independent Cllr Ernie Clark who said the planners were running in fear of developers and had not listened to consultation comments.

A number of councillors expressed concern about the future of Queen Elizabeth Field, off Drynham Lane, and the impact on families and wildlife if it is built on.

Council leader Baroness Jane Scott said: “I can’t stress how important this decision is. If we don’t have a five-year land supply we will find ourselves in difficulties. There will always be some concerns.”