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Wiltshire Core Strategy

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Wiltshire Core Strategy

The Wiltshire Core Strategy Development Plan Document (‘the plan') was formally adopted on 20 January 2015. The plan provides a positive and flexible overarching planning policy framework for Wiltshire for the period up to 2026.

The plan was submitted to the Secretary of State on 10 July 2012 for examination and the inspector's report was published in December 2014. The inspector's recommended main modifications have been included in the adopted plan.

The Wiltshire Core Strategy replaces the South Wiltshire Core Strategy as well as a number of policies from the former district council's local plans.

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Downloads & Policies Maps

The Adoption Statement and associated background documents are available to download below:

The PDF policies maps below are reflective of those produced at the time of adoption (2015). The interactive map below is periodically updated to include policies adopted since this date, including the Chippenham Site Allocations Plan and amended settlement boundaries through adopted Neighbourhood Plans.

The Wiltshire Core Strategy Development Plan Document (DPD) covers the whole of Wiltshire (excluding Swindon) and sets out the council's

  • spatial vision,
  • key objectives, and
  • overall principles for development in the county.

The key objectives of the spatial vision have been derived from an analysis of the county's characteristics, a review of our own corporate plans and priorities, and national planning guidance. At its heart is the delivery of viable and vibrant communities based on the principle of sustainability.

The core strategy outlines a sustainable spatial strategy for future development in the county and includes:

  • key principles of development
  • the location of strategic sites for new housing and employment development
  • policies with which planning applications will be assessed
  • a key diagram displaying the spatial aspects of the core strategy
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Please follow this link to view the interactive policy map.

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Further information


The Wiltshire Core Strategy Submission Document was formally approved for publication by Wiltshire Council on 26 June 2012. Following this decision Wiltshire Council submitted the Wiltshire Core Strategy to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 10 July 2012 for the purpose of initiating an independent public examination.

The Core Strategy pre-submission document including proposed changes and supporting documentation submitted to the Secretary of State is available to view on the dedicated Wiltshire Core Strategy Submission webpage which forms the central point for all information regarding the submission of the Core Strategy

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The Wiltshire Core Strategy was submitted to the Secretary of State on 10 July 2012 for examination and the Inspector’s Report was published in December 2014. The Inspector’s recommended main modifications have been included in the Adopted Plan.

For further information on the examination please visit the Wiltshire Core Strategy Examination webpage.

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The core strategy has been informed by a number of documents. These documents are available in the core strategy document library.

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Following submission, the Inspector, appointed by the Secretary of State to examine the Wiltshire Core Strategy, requested that the Council undertake further focussed consultation on:

  • the schedules of proposed changes;
  • the updated Sustainability Appraisal; and
  • the soundness of the submitted Core Strategy in the context of the final version of the National Planning Policy Framework and Planning policy for travellers, which were published after the Pre-Submission Document.

Further information on this consultation can be found by following this link.

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The Wiltshire Core Strategy Pre-submission document was prepared following consultations during the autumn of 2009 and the summer of 2011. Comments received as part of these consultations informed the development of the Wiltshire Core Strategy Pre-submission document. Between 20 February 2012 and 2 April 2012 comments were invited on the ‘soundness’ of the draft plan including whether the correct legal processes had been followed. To be sound policies needed to be based on clear, robust, up-to-date information.

The Wiltshire Core Strategy Pre-submission document and all the supporting documents and evidence based studies can be found by following this link.


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The Wiltshire Core Strategy Consultation Document was consulted on during the summer of 2011 and sets out how Wiltshire will provide the new jobs required by our economy and the new homes for our growing and ageing population whilst protecting Wiltshire’s natural environment and strengthening our communities.

The document was shaped by previous consultations and was the first time the draft strategy and policies that will manage how Wiltshire develops were brought together for consideration and comment by the wider community.

All comments received during the consultation have since been used to develop later versions of the core strategy. For further information on this document, please follow this link.


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Wiltshire Council consulted on Wiltshire 2026 - Planning For Wiltshire's Future between 30 October and 31 December, 2009. Wiltshire 2026 was an important stage in the production of the Wiltshire Core Strategy. More information can be found here.

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In order to have consistent policy across Wiltshire as soon as possible, the council took the opportunity to merge the work already undertaken by the former district councils towards their individual core strategies and focus on the delivery of one Wiltshire Core Strategy (excluding minerals and waste policies).

The considerable work and stakeholder engagement previously undertaken would not be repeated or wasted but, instead, built upon and used to inform the preparation of the Core Strategy.

For further information on the work undertaken by the former district councils please follow this link.

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Last updated: 3 May 2019 | Last reviewed: 3 May 2019