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Wiltshire Housing Sites DPD Examination

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The Inspector has issued version 2 of the Programme which now includes participants for each Hearing and allocates an additional day to consider sites removed from the Plan by the Council at the Focussed Change Stage. The Inspector has produced an Explanatory Note providing the background to this decision together with a revised Guidance Note with consequential amendments. 

The Inspector

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.

The Programme Officer

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
16 Cross Furlong
Wychbold
Droitwich Spa
Worcestershire
WR9 7TA

Telephone: 01527 861 711
Mobile: 0772 300 9166

Email: idkemp@icloud.com

Hearing Sessions Venue and Timetable

Hearing Sessions will commence at 09.30am on Tuesday 2 April 2019 within The Civic Centre, St Stephen's Place, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14 8AH.

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

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. Access these documents.

Comments on the Pre-submission Consultation (July - September 2017) can be viewed here

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

Latest Documents

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

BIO 45 - Draft Trowbridge Bat Mitigation Strategy 21 February 2019s

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Last updated: 21 March 2019 | Last reviewed: 21 March 2019