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Planning policy

Planning policy is used to help determine planning applications, guiding what can be built, where, and how. It is also used to plan for future needs, assessing what change is likely to happen and where, and what policies are needed to achieve this.

Latest news and information

The latest news, and further information about planning policy, is provided below.

Wiltshire Local Plan (Reg 19) consultation autumn 2023

Wiltshire Council has published the draft Wiltshire Local Plan, which is a development plan document, for a formal eight week consultation period. The consultation is running from Wednesday 27 September, to Wednesday 22 November.

This is an opportunity for all interested parties to have their say on the proposals. There will be a live webinar, and 16 drop-in events at libraries and leisure centres across the county. Further information on these events and how to submit your comments can be found on our Local Plan pages, via the following link: 

Find out about the Wiltshire Local Plan consultation

Development Plan

Development Plan documents act as a critical tool in guiding decisions about individual development proposals,  acting as the starting-point for considering whether applications can be approved.

In Wiltshire, the Development Plan includes the Wiltshire Core Strategy incorporating saved policies from district local plans, Chippenham Site Allocations Plan,  Wiltshire Housing Site Allocations Plan, Minerals and Waste Plans and made Neighbourhood Plans.

Wiltshire Core Strategy

Saved Policies

Chippenham Site Allocations Plan

Wiltshire Housing Site Allocations Plan

Made Neighbourhood Plan's

Minerals and Waste Documents

Emerging Plans

A number of plans are currently in preparation, you can find information on the latest progress of these plans through the links below.

Wiltshire's Local Plan

Neighbourhood Planning

Gypsy and Travellers DPD

Other Planning Documents & Information

Within this section you will find information on a range of other documents that are produced by Wiltshire Council along with useful information including:

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