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Welcome to the evidence base page for the South Wiltshire Core Strategy.

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List of evidence base documents

On this page, however, you will find the following topic papers, background studies, surveys, assessments and other documents, which collectively form the evidence base for the South Wiltshire Core Strategy.

Document Date Published
South Wiltshire Strategic Housing Market Assessment January 2011
Salisbury Transport Model January 2010

Topic Papers:

Second addendum
First addendum
Original

2007 - 2009

July 2009
February 2008
July 2007

Strategic Sites Viability Overview Assessment December 2009
South West RSS Additional Sustainability Appraisal Note December 2009
South West Councils Letter of Conformity September 2009
GOSW Comments on the Proposed Submission Document September 2009
'Envisioning the Future' Military Civilian Integration Project Report July 2009
Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) for the south Wiltshire area May 2009
Affordable Housing Economic Viability Study January 2009
Historic Environment Assessment January 2009
Review of the Salisbury Central Area '40 Foot Rule' Policy August 2008
Maltings and Central Car Park Feasibility Study (excluding commercially sensitive information) July 2008
English Heritage: enabling development and the conservation of significant places June 2008
Transport Assessment March 2008
South Wiltshire Landscape Character Assessment February 2008

Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA):

SFRA Level 2
SFRA Level 1

2008 - 2009

September 2009
February 2008

Settlement Setttings Assessment February 2008
Salisbury Vision 2008
Employment Land Review April 2007
Open Space Study 2007
Indices of Multiple Deprivation: 2004 and 2007 an update for Salisury district 2007
Retail and Leisure Needs Study October 2006
Local Housing Needs and Market Survey August 2006
Wiltshire and Swindon Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Needs Assessment 2006
Tourism Strategy for South Wiltshire 2006
Wiltshire Landscape Character Assessment 2005
Wiltshire and Swindon Rural Facilities Survey 2005

Additional Evidence

PDFCabinet Minutes - pages 9 to 10 192kb
PDFCALA homes - High court judgement - 7 February 2011 237kb
PDFDCA South Wiltshire SHMA Jan 2011 - final report 1.9mb
PDFDCLG a plain english guide to the localism bill - January 2011 149kb
PDFDCLG decentralisation and localism bill: an essential guide 683kb
PDFDCLG letter abolition of the RSS - 10 November 2010 63kb
PDFDCLG planning for growth letter 75kb
PDFDCLG press release government wins appeal on RSS - 7 February 2011 18kb
PDFDCLG revocation of RSS letter and guidance - 6 July 2010 96kb
PDFDCLG statement government wins second legal challenge on regional strategies - May 2011 18kb
PDFDCLG summary on localism - June 2011 207kb
PDFEric Pickles: Radical changes in housing and planning will drive growth 36kb
PDFFull Council minutes 738kb
PDFFull Council Report - 22 February 2011 121kb
PDFFull Council Report - appendix 1 - Wiltshire's housing requirement 146kb
PDFFull Council Report - appendix 2 - Proposed changes to the SWCS 95kb
PDFFull Council Report - appendix 3 - Topic paper 20 1.8mb
PDFFull Council Report - appendix 4 - Schedule of changes 425kb
PDFFull Council Report - appendix 5 - Housing requirement technical paper 3.3mb
PDFFull Council Report - Documents combined 6.6mb
PDFFull Council Report - Review of housing and employment requirements 85kb
PDFGreg Clark - local planning for sustainable development - 10 February 2011 46kb
PDFHousehold projections letter 49kb
PDFHM Treasury - The plan for growth 1.7mb
PDFIan McLennan to John Brady 57kb
PDFLetter to Rt Hon Hazel Blears MP - South West Regional Assembly comments on RSS Proposed Changes 16kb
PDFLocalism Bill 1.2mb
PDFMajor changes to SWCS 969kb
PDFMarket Harborough conformity letter 12kb
PDFMinor changes to SWCS 460kb
PDFPlanning for growth ministerial statement 26kb
PDFPlanning for the historic environment 330kb
PDFPlanning Inspectorate - materiality and weight of a Bill before royal assent 12kb
PDFPlanning Officers Society revised advice note 2 planning post RSS revocation - March 2011 138kb
PDFQuestion from Godshill Parish Council 50kb
PDFRegional planning guidance 995kb
PDFReport for Cabinet - page 25 to 33 - 19 October 9.9mb
PDFSave historic newmarket vs secretary of state and Forest Heath DC - approved judgement 83kb
PDFTransport options assesment report - addendum 1.9mb
PDFTransport problems and issues - addendum 2.0mb
PDFTransport revised cost estimates 91kb
PDFWiltshire Parking Strategy 3.4mb
PDFWiltshire Local Transport Plan 3 4.9mb
PDFWLDF HRA update note final 212kb
PDFWLDF review of employment projections and land requirements in South Wiltshire 1.1mb
PDFWLDF schedule of consequential changes 356kb
PDFWLDF schedule of focussed changes 180kb
PDFWLDF statement of community involvement Wiltshire Council 717kb
PDFWLDF strategic transport assessment - April 2009 1.0mb
PDFWLDF sustainability appraisal of major changes 565kb
PDFWLDF top 20 review topic paper - 20 January 2011 956kb
PDFWLDF update note SWCS review - February 2011 230kb

South Wiltshire Strategic Housing Market Assessment

The Strategic Housing Market Assessment, published in January 2011, provides evidence to inform housing policies within South Wiltshire. Planning Policy Statement 3 (Housing) requires local authorities to undertake Strategic Housing Market Assessments as part of the evidence base required to inform the development of planning and housing policy.

The assessment considers the need for affordable housing as well as homes to be sold and rented on the open market. The assessment also explores how people might expect to live in the future, taking into account changes in population, household formations, and developments in the local economy.

Specific areas of interest are also investigated, such as the rural housing market, affordability of housing, the needs of older people and those with ‘special needs’.

This assessment replaces the 2006 Salisbury District Housing Needs & Market Survey.

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Salisbury Transport Model

A transport model is required in order to assess the transport impacts of this growth. In 2009 a transport model was developed which shows how and when people travel by car, bus and train in Salisbury. The movement of goods by HGVs are also included in the transport model. When the model is run, the results show how much traffic there is on the roads, how many people use public transport. The model also tells us how congested the roads are. The model has then been used to test the transport impact of building more houses and providing more jobs for the year 2026. The changes can then be compared to the situation in 2008.

The modeling gives us the assurance that there are a range of improvements and changes which could be developed that would allow Salisbury’s growth to take place.

The next stage of the transport modeling work is to develop a Transport Strategy for Salisbury. This will aim to reduce the amount of traffic congestion on the roads in Salisbury by 2026. The Transport Strategy will be prepared by early 2010. It will provide the blueprint as to how future traffic growth in Salisbury can be managed. The first part of this process is to model the Council’s Established Approach to transport policy. The second part is to model a Radical Option to transport policy. The results of this stage will show the degree to which different transport options could have on meeting agreed objectives. This stage is reported in the Options Assessment Report.

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Topic Papers

A raft of evidence supports the South Wiltshire Core Strategy. Each major theme has been explored in 'Topic Paper' documents that set out the context, evidence and issues in more detail. These documents have developed and changed over time to accommodate the results of consultation and new evidence.

Second Addendum to Topic Papers (July 2009)

The following second addendum to the Topic Papers were published in July 2009. These contain analysis of the Preferred Options consultations and fed into the Core Strategy submission document.

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First Addendum to Topic Papers (February 2008)

The following addendum to the Topic Papers were published in February 2008. These contain analysis of the Issues and Options consultation and fed into the Preferred Options consultation stage.

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Original Topic Papers (July 2007)

Below are the original Topic Papers (published in July 2007) that accompanied the original Our Place in the Future Issues and Options consultation.

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Strategic Sites Viability Overview Assessment

The purpose of the Strategic Sites Viability Overview Assessment is to consider the likely financial viability of residential development (and therefore of strategic housing growth) on the strategic sites in the South Wiltshire Core Strategy. A preliminary version of the final report by consultants Adams Integra, published in December 2009, is available to download below.

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South West RSS Additional Sustainability Appraisal Note

A letter from the Government Office for the South West, sent 21 December 2009, outlining the current status of the Regional Spatial Strategy for the South West, following the decision to undertake further sustainability appraisal work, is available to download below.

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South West Councils Letter of Conformity

The response from South West Councils, sent on 30 September 2009, to the consultation on the proposed submission draft of the South Wiltshire Core Strategy is available to download below.

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GOSW Comments on the Proposed Submission Document

The response from the Government Office for the South West to the consultation on the proposed submission draft of the South Wiltshire Core Strategy is available to download below.

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'Envisioning the Future' Military Civilian Integration Project Report

In July 2009, the council published a report on the 'Envisioning the Future' project, which forms part of the wider Military Civil Integration (MCI) Programme, initiated to optimise the economic and social benefit of the military presence in Wiltshire. Partners in the MCI programme include the MoD together with other Public Sector organisations as well as those in the Private and Third Sectors. The report is available to download below.

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Affordable Housing Economic Viability Study

In the process of developing planning-led affordable housing policies for the South Wiltshire area, consultants Adams Integra were commissioned to study the effect of changes to affordable housing policy on residential development viability. The final report, published in January 2009, is available to download below.

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Historic Environment Assessment

In late January 2009, in order to strengthen the existing evidence base and ensure the emerging choices are the most appropriate, English Heritage commissioned Land Use Consultants (LUC) to provide an independent review of the potential effects of the spatial options for South Wiltshire and their impact on the historic environment.

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Review of the Salisbury Central Area '40 Foot Rule' Policy

The Review of the Salisbury Central Area '40 Foot Rule', published in August 2008, looks at the so-called '40 Foot Rule', which places a strict limit on the amount of development possible within the Salisbury Central Area.

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Transport Assessment

A South Wiltshire Transport Assessment was published in March 2008 and reviewed accessibility across the area to support the South Wiltshire Core Strategy. The final document is available below, again divided into sections for more convenient download.

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Landscape Character Assessment

A Landscape Character Assessment, published in February 2008, provides an integrated assessment of the character of the south Wiltshire area and serves as a baseline of environmental information, aiding understanding of the diversity, character, distrinctiveness, sensitivity to change and management needs of the landscapes in the south Wiltshire area. The Landscape Character Assessment has specifically been used as evidence to inform the South Wiltshire Core Strategy

The final document is available below, divided into sections for more convenient download.

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Strategic Flood Risk Assessment

Strategic Flood Risk Assessment Level Two (September 2009)

In September 2009, a Level Two Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA) was published for the two areas being considered for future development in the South Wiltshire Core Strategy that are at risk of flooding. These areas are the Churchfields Industrial Estate and the Central Car Park/ Maltings in Salisbury. The main report and the flood maps are available to download below.

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Strategic Flood Risk Assessment Level One (February 2008)

A Level One Strategic Flood Risk Assessment was jointly commissioned with four other local councils: Bournemouth Borough Council, Christchurch Borough Council, East Dorset District Council and North Dorset District Council: and was published in February 2008.

The SFRA assesses all forms of flood risk both now and in the future (taking likely climate change into account). The purpose is to:

  • inform the sustainability appraisal so that flood risk is taken into account when considering options in the preparation of strategic land use policies;
  • propose appropriate policy recommendations for the management of flood risk within the Local Development Documents;
  • determine the acceptability of flood risk in relation to emergency planning capability;
  • identify the level of detail required for future site-specific Flood Risk Assessments (FRAs) that support planning applications.

The final document is available below, again divided into sections for more convenient download.

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Settlement Setting Assessment

The Settlement Setting Assessment, published in February 2008, was commissioned alongside the Landscape Character Assessment and:

  • Assesses the key sensitivities and capacities of the landscape within the settings of the main settlements in the south Wiltshire area in relation to development and change
  • Analyses the key qualities that are desirable to safeguard
  • Provides recommendations on how and where new development might best be accommodated, within each settlement.

The Settlement Setting Assessment is available to download by individual chapter below.

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Salisbury Vision

The Salisbury Vision is a plan that outlines a long term programme of change and gradual development aimed at improving the lives of everyone that lives in, works in or visits Salisbury. It sets out a range of proposals that have been designed to tackle the big issues facing the city, such as delivering major improvements to traffic, transport and parking, making the city’s streets, pavements and other public areas more attractive and encouraging major new developments that will bring shops, jobs and increased leisure opportunities.

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Employment Land Review

The Employment Land Review, published in April 2007, is intended to provide a robust analysis of employment land supply and demand. It will function as a broad evidence base on employment land and economic issues for the South Wiltshire Core Strategy, which will itself set out key principles for development and a vision for the future distribution of development in the area. Clear guidance will be given by the Review towards the allocation of new sites in a future Wiltshire Site Allocations Development Plan Document and it will also serve as a point of reference by the Council in determining planning applications relating to employment land.

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Open Space Study

This study, published in 2007, is a requirement of government planning guidance and investigates whether the current level of open space provision is sufficient in terms of quality, quantity and accessibility to meet the needs of our residents now and in the future.

The final document is available below, again divided into sections for more convenient download.

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Indices of Multiple Deprivation: 2004 and 2007 an Update for Salisury District

Periodically the government releases updates on levels of deprivation for small areas across England known as “Super Output Areas” (or “SOA”). These are a standard yardstick for national comparison of deprivation, and derive directly from information on such things as claiming benefits, unemployment, and crime figures. There are over 32,000 of these and therefore the data is useful in identifying small “pockets” of deprivation. An individual SOA typically has only a few hundred residents. Within Salisbury there are 73 SOAs, so individual electoral wards have between 1 and 5.

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Retail and Leisure Needs Study

A Retail and Leisure Needs Study, published in October 2006, provides a context for policies and proposals within the forthcoming South Wiltshire Core Strategy, with particularl reference to the amount of floorspace that needs to be allocated for future retail and leisure development.

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Local Housing Needs and Market Survey

In August 2006, Salisbury District Council commissioned DCA consultants to undertake a Local Housing Needs and Market Survey.

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Tourism Strategy for South Wiltshire

A Tourism Strategy for South Wiltshire, published in 2006 in association with the Salisbury and Stonehenge Tourism Partnership, sets out what we wish to achieve together over the next 10 years.

The following documents and information were used in the preparation of the tourism strategy.

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Rural Facilities Survey

The Rural Facilities Survey report, published in 2005, seeks to ascertain the extent of services and facilities within the smaller settlements in Wiltshire County and Swindon Borough.

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