Wiltshire and Swindon Borough local plans review

Both LPAs have commenced the process of updating their Local Plan.

This work is crucially important since the housing and employment land allocations from the current plans, (running to 2026) and the current rate of delivery of housing, and take-up of employment sites, from those Plans, is what determines whether many speculative applications win or lose at Appeals.

This is where the all important 5yr housing land supply influences all decisions.

The revised version of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) July 2018 contains a number of significant changes. Calculating the housing number requirement for the next Plan period has been made more complicated for the LPAs, which is why they are running behind schedule with their revised draft Local Plans.

Wiltshire hopes to have a draft document ready to go to committee in the spring and Swindon will do likewise in early summer.

Good land use planning is the unsung hero of environmental protection. Good planning can slow growth in road traffic, encourage urban regeneration, cut urban sprawl, protect the tranquillity of the countryside and safeguard wildlife habitats.

To keep up to date with the progress of these important documents and be able to make comments on the policies when their drafts go to Cabinet for approval, and then be aware of the consultation period, go to
Swindon BC’s website
Wiltshire Council’s website
and check for Local Plan Review updates.

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