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Wiltshire Housing Sites DPD Examination

Wiltshire Housing Site Allocations Plan - Consultation on Further Main Modifications

Following the Examination in Public (April 2019) the Inspector wrote to the Council on 10 June 2019 with his post hearing findings and advice. In response to his letter the Council are now consulting on a Schedule of Further Main Modifications (FMMs). 


Consultation on the Schedule of FMMs, along with the Revised Sustainability Appraisal and updated Addendum to the Habitats Regulation Assessment are published for a 6-week period of consultation starting 9am Thursday 12 September until 5pm 25 October 2019.

Please note: WHSAP/01 and EXAM/01 listed below are for reference purposes only as they have been consulted on previously and are not themselves therefore part of this consultation. Due to the size of both documents, they have been split into several sections (WHSAP/01 in 5 sections and EXAM/01 in 46 sections).



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Copies of the consultation and reference documents can be viewed and downloaded:

  • from the consultation documents and reference documents sections above; and
  • from the Consultation Portal.

They can also be viewed during normal opening hours at Wiltshire Council Libraries and the Council's main offices at:

  • Monkton Park, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 1ER;
  • Bourne Hill, Salisbury, SP1 3UZ; and
  • County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge, BA14 8JN.
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A guidance note on the consultation is available and can be viewed and downloaded under the Latest Documents section below. Comments are only invited on the ‘soundness’ and legal compliance of the FMMs.

For completeness, comments are also invited on the Revised Sustainability Appraisal, the updated Addendum to the Habitats Regulations Assessment and the minor amendments Minor Changes (i.e. changes that do not affect the soundness of the draft Plan) which are set out in the Appendix 1 (minor corrections to the site boundaries of three allocations and the settlement boundary for Ramsbury) and Appendix 2 (Additional Modifications) to the Schedule of FMMs.

All representations to the Wiltshire Housing Site Allocations Plan made through the formal consultation in Summer 2017 and the formal consultation on the Schedule of Proposed Changes Autumn 2018 are currently before the Inspector and do not need to be repeated.

We welcome your comments in writing (preferred method through direct input via the portal/email) by 5pm Friday 25 October 2019 via the following means:

Please note that copies of all comments will be made available to the public to view and therefore cannot be treated as confidential. Anonymous representations cannot be accepted.

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Wiltshire Council has a duty to protect personal information and will process personal data in accordance with data protection legislation. Further information can be found on our Privacy page.

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Once the consultation has ended, the Inspector will consider the responses received and assess whether the comments on the FMMs alone raise any issues of ‘soundness’ or legal compliance before issuing his final report.

Should you require further information on the consultation, please email: spatialplanningpolicy@wiltshire.gov.uk or telephone 01225 713223.

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Examination

Following the close of the public hearing sessions in April, our Inspector - Steven Lee having considered the representations made about the Plan including the contributions made during the hearing sessions has written to us with his post hearing findings and advice. The letter sets out his preliminary advice about the next steps that will need to be undertaken to make the Plan sound. This will involve preparing, appraising and consulting on further Main Modifications as set out in his letter. Please note that this is the Inspector’s initial advice and not his final conclusions that will be contained in his report in due course. A copy of the Inspector’s letter is available here.

The Council has welcomed the Inspector’s letter. In response, a schedule of Further Main Modifications has been prepared to address the points set out in his letter. A six week period of consultation on the Further Main Modifications will run from 9am Thursday 12 September until 5pm 25 October 2019..  

Planning Inspector; Steven Lee BA (Hons) MA MRTPI has been appointed to undertake an independent examination into the soundness of the Wiltshire Housing Site Allocations Plan (the Plan).

The Inspector's task is to consider the soundness of the submitted Plan, based on the criteria set out in paragraph 182 of the 2012 National Planning Policy Framework (the Framework).  The relevant soundness criteria are whether the Plan is: 

  1. positively prepared
    (based on a strategy that seeks to meet objectively assessed development and infrastructure requirements, including unmet requirements from neighbouring authorities where it is reasonable to do so and consistent with achieving sustainable development); 

  2. justified
    (the most appropriate strategy when considered against the reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence);

  3. effective
    (the plan should be deliverable over its period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic priorities); and

  4. consistent with national policy
    (the plan should enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the Framework). 

The Inspector will take into account the representations submitted upon the Pre Submission Draft Plan and in response to the Proposed Changes as far as they relate to soundness and legal compliance considerations. A number of informal debates will take place on the principal matters identified by the Inspector these are termed Hearing Sessions.

Following the closure of the Examination, the Inspector will prepare a report to the council with precise recommendations, these recommendations may include modifications to the Plan, if such a request is made by the council.

Guidance Notes have been prepared by the Inspector to help people understand the process. Any queries people may have regarding the Examination process should be directed to the Programme Officer who will be happy to assist.

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The Programme Officer, Ian Kemp, will act as the contact for any person who has an interest in the Examination and as a liaison between the Inspector, council and representors.

He is an independent Officer of the Examination and works on behalf of the Inspector to organise and manage the administrative and procedural elements of the Examination process. All statements will also be submitted through him.

Any matters that anyone wishes to raise with the Inspector should be submitted via the Programme Officer.

Contact details:

Ian Kemp
PO Box 241
Droitwich
WR9 1DW

Mobile: 0772 300 9166

Email: idkemp@icloud.com

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Hearing Sessions Venue and Timetable

Hearing Sessions commenced on Tuesday 2 April 2019 within The Civic Centre, St Stephen's Place, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14 8AH.

A draft Programme for the Hearings is available together with the Inspector's Matters and Issues.

The Inspector issued version 6 of the Programme which included participants for each Hearing and allocated an additional day to consider sites removed from the Plan by the Council at the Focussed Change Stage. The Inspector produced an Explanatory Note providing the background to this decision together with a revised Guidance Note with consequential amendments. 

The Inspector also produced the following Agendas for the Hearing Sessions:

Day 1 Agenda

Day 2 AM Agenda

Day 2 PM Agenda

Day 3 AM Agenda

Day 3 PM Agenda

Day 4 Agenda

Day 5 Agenda

Day 6 Agenda

Day 7 Agenda

Written Statements

The following Written Statements have been received in response to the Inspector's Matters and Issues:

[PS.M2.01] Matter 2 Written Statement - Wiltshire Council

[PS.M2.02] Matter 2 Written Statement - Alistair Wright

[PS.M2.03] Matter 2 Written Statement - Barton Willmore for Barratt Homes    

[PS.M2.04] Matter 2 Written Statement - Barton Willmore for Marlborough College

[PS.M2.05] Matter 2 Written Statement - BBA for Linden Homes

[PS.M2.06] Matter 2 Written Statement - Boyer for Persimmon Homes

[PS.M2.07] Matter 2 Written Statement - Carter Jonas for Leda Properties

[PS.M2.08] Matter 2 Written Statement - Coombe Bissett Conservation Community Group

[PS.M2.09] Matter 2 Written Statement - CPRE

[PS.M2.10] Matter 2 Written Statement - Crudwell Parish Council & Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

[PS.M2.11] Matter 2 Written Statement - David Goodship

[PS.M2.12] Matter 2 Written Statement - Durrington Square Ltd

[PS.M2.13] Matter 2 Written Statement - Gladman Developments

[PS.M2.14] Matter 2 Written Statement - Heynes Planning for Wellbeck Strategic Land

[PS.M2.15] Matter 2 Written Statement - Lichfields for Redrow

[PS.M2.16] Matter 2 Written Statement - Margaret Willmot

[PS.M2.17] Matter 2 Written Statement - Market Lavington Parish Council

[PS.M2.18] Matter 2 Written Statement - Mcloughlin Planning for RD Horton & Son

[PS.M2.19] Matter 2 Written Statement - North Bradley Parish Council

[PS.M2.20] Matter 2 Written Statement - Pegasus Group for Barratt Homes Bristol

[PS.M2.21] Matter 2 Written Statement - Pegasus Group for Dolphin Farms & Bloor Homes South West

[PS.M2.22] Matter 2 Written Statement - Pegasus Group for Longford Estates

[PS.M2.23] Matter 2 Written Statement - Pegasus Group for Robert Hitchins

[PS.M2.24] Matter 2 Written Statement - Rachel Hunt

[PS.M2.25] Matter 2 Written Statement - Ridge & Partners for Edenstone Homes

[PS.M2.26] Matter 2 Written Statement - Rocke Associates for Bowood Estates

[PS.M2.27] Matter 2 Written Statement - Savills for Bellway

[PS.M2.28] Matter 2 Written Statement - Savills for Lincoln College Oxford

[PS.M2.29] Matter 2 Written Statement - Savills for Waddeton Park Ltd

[PS.M2.30] Matter 2 Written Statement - Stan Zych & Dennis Kidd

[PS.M2.31] Matter 2 Written Statement - Terence O'Rourke for Gleeson Strategic

[PS.M2.32] Matter 2 Written Statement - Tetlow King for Terra Strategic

[PS.M2.33] Matter 2 Written Statement - Trowbridge Town Council

[PS.M2.34] Matter 2 Written Statement - Turley for Castlewood Properties

[PS.M2.35] Matter 2 Written Statement - Turley for Castlewood Properties (2)

[PS.M2.36] Matter 2 Written Statement – William Heath & Co for Forum & Lutea Trustees

[PS.M2.37] Matter 2 Written Statement - Woolf Bond for De Vernon Trustees

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Document Library

In preparing the Plan the council both refer to and were informed by a number of documents that together form the 'Evidence Base' for the Examination. They are available to view in the Online Document Library.

Comments on the Pre-submission Consultation (July - September 2017) can be viewed on the consultation portal.

Comments on the Schedule of Proposed Changes Consultation (September - November 2018 and December 2018 - January 2019) can be viewed on the consultation portal.

Latest Documents

The following documents have recently been added to the evidence base library:

EXAM 31 Inspectors Initial Post Hearing Advice

EXAM 32 Wiltshire Council response to the Inspectors Initial Post Hearing Advice June 2019 

EXAM 33 Schedule of Further Main Modifications to the draft Wiltshire Housing Site Allocations Plan

EXAM 34 Revised Sustainability Appraisal Report Non-Technical Summary Sep 2019

EXAM 35 Revised Sustainability Appraisal Report Sep 2019

EXAM 36 Sustainability Appraisal Report Annex III Sep 2019

EXAM 37 Updated Addendum to the Habitats Regulations Assessment Sep 2019

EXAM 38 WHSAP FMM Guidance Note Sep 2019

EXAM 39 WHSAP FMM Representation Form Sep 2019

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Last updated: 12 September 2019 | Last reviewed: 12 September 2019