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Adopted Core Strategy

The Wiltshire Core Strategy Development Plan Document (‘the plan’) was formally adopted by Wiltshire Council 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 i

nspector’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 councils local plans.

The Adoption Statement, Adopted Wiltshire Core Strategy and associated background documents are available to download below:

The Core Strategy above is an interim version, which is an accurate reflection of the adopted plan incorporating the modifications made by the Inspector. A final publication version will be issued in due course, which will be identical in content subject to any typographical corrections and will be improved in format to aid clarity for the user of the document.


Stages of preparation Date
Pre-production/ survey/ community engagement Up to June 2009
Publication of the Core Strategy for consultation July 2009
Representations and further preparation August 2009 to September 2009
Submission to the Secretary of State September 2009
Examination (including hearing/ receipt of binding inspector's report) From November 2009 (ongoing)
Adoption 7 February 2012

South Wiltshire Core Strategy - Adoption

The Core Strategy was formally adopted on 7 February 2012 and now forms part of the development plan for south Wiltshire. The list of adoption documents is as follows:

An affordable housing guidance note has been produced to explain how Core Policy 3 will be implemented for sites between 1-4 dwellings.

Sustainability Appraisal Documents

Habitats Regulations Assessments

Polices within the Salisbury District Local Plan also still form part of the development plan and should be considered alongside the South Wiltshire Core Strategy.


The South Wiltshire Core Strategy Development Plan Document (DPD) sets out the council's spatial vision, key objectives and overall principles for development in the area of the former Salisbury District Council.

The key objectives of the vision have been derived from an analysis of the former district's characteristics, a review of the former district and county council's own corporate plans and priorities (for example, the Sustainable Community Strategy) and national and regional planning guidance. At its heart is the delivery of viable and vibrant communities based on the principles of sustainability.

The Core Strategy aims to balance the competing environmental, social and economic pressures by prescribing a sustainable spatial strategy for the future development of South Wiltshire. This will include the location of strategic sites for new housing and employment development, as well as policies with which planning applications will be judged.

The Core Strategy will include a key diagram to show the spatial aspects of the strategy and include objectives and principles for the whole of South Wiltshire, as well as, policies relating to specific locations within South Wiltshire.

The South Wiltshire Core Strategy DPD covers the former Salisbury district area (please note that this now excludes the part of Wiltshire that now constitutes part of the New Forest National Park) and should be in conformity with the South Regional Spatial Strategy.

How does the South Wiltshire Core Strategy relate to the Wiltshire Core Strategy?

The South Wiltshire Core Strategy relating to the former Salisbury district area is well advanced and its completion will enable new housing sites to be identified before the Wiltshire Core Strategy is in place and a five year housing land supply to be maintained. The South Wiltshire Core Strategy, essentially a transitional document, will in effect be replaced by the Wiltshire wide Core Strategy when the latter document is adopted.


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Multiple Contacts:
eMail: james.sutton@wiltshire.gov.uk
Telephone: 01722 434390
Out of hours:
Postal Address:

Spatial Planning (South Office)
Wiltshire Council
Council House
Bourne Hill

In Person:

Last updated: 25 June 2015


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