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Settlement Boundary Review

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Informal consultation with parish and town councils on draft proposals for revised settlement boundaries


‘Settlement boundaries’ are essentially defined as the dividing line between areas of built / urban development (“the settlement”) and non-urban or rural development (“the open countryside”).  At present, settlement boundaries exist at Wiltshire’s Principal Settlements, Market Towns, Local Service Centres and Large Villages, as defined by draft Core Policy 2 of the emerging Wiltshire Core Strategy.  

The existing ‘settlement boundaries’ were originally drawn up several years ago and included within the old District Council Local Plans.  Through the review of these plans, the council originally proposed to carry forward existing arrangements by incorporating the settlement boundaries into the emerging Wiltshire Core Strategy.

In examining the Wiltshire Core Strategy, the appointed Planning Inspector has so far concluded that the existing settlement boundaries are out of date and should be consistently reviewed without delay in order to ensure that they represent the most up-to-date position in policy terms.  In response to the Inspector’s concerns, the council committed to undertaking this review through the preparation of the Wiltshire Housing Site Allocations Development Plan Document (DPD).

Current position

The council is in the process of reviewing and, where appropriate, redefining extant ‘settlement boundaries’.  The culmination of the work undertaken to date has led to the preparation of a draft methodology for undertaking the review process; and a series of maps that detail initial proposals for revised settlement boundaries.  

To inform the preparation of the Wiltshire Housing Site Allocations DPD, the council is undertaking an informal consultation with Parish and Town Councils whose area includes settlements with existing boundary lines.  The decision to solely engage at this stage with Parish and Town Councils has been taken because they are elected to represent their respective communities and have detailed knowledge of their local area.  However, in the interests of openness, the consultation materials can be viewed below.

The informal consultation ran for an 8-week period, from Monday 28 July until Monday 22 September 2014.

How to comment

Online: Wiltshire consulation portal

Email: spatialplanningpolicy@wiltshire.gov.uk

By Post:

Economic Development & Planning
Spatial Planning
Wiltshire Council
County Hall
Bythesea Road
BA14 8JN

Supporting Documents

Maps displaying the draft boundary review for each settlement are available in the 'supporting documents' of the Consultation Portal

For further information, please contact the Spatial Planning Team on: 01225 713223; or by email: spatialplanningpolicy@wiltshire.gov.uk

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Last updated: 19 February 2015


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