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Tuesday January 28, 2020 HSAP report received.

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The Inspector sees no issue with building on the Trowbridge side of the Gap

Wiltshire Council has now received the Inspector’s Report on the Examination of the Wiltshire Housing Site Allocations Plan.

The Council specifically requested that the Inspector should recommend any Main Modifications (i.e. changes) necessary to enable the Plan to be adopted.

In his Report, the Inspector concludes that the Wiltshire Housing Site Allocations Plan is sound and legally compliant, provided that main modifications are made to it.

The Main Modifications can be summarised as follows:

• The deletion of sites H1.2-H1.4 (80 homes at Market Lavington), H2.11 (50 homes at Crudwell) and H2.13 (50 homes at Hullavington) to ensure a consistent approach to site selection and national policy, with particular regard to the role of Neighbourhood Plans;

• The deletion of site H2.7 (100 homes at Land East of Dene, Warminster), resulting from concerns about the impacts on heritage assets;

• The inclusion of a new site at The Yard, Salisbury (10 homes) to ensure the Plan has been prepared using a consistent approach to site selection;

• The inclusion of site-specific policies for all sites which do not have one. This is to ensure that all requirements of the Plan are clearly expressed and provide an effective basis for decision making; and

• The modification of site-specific policies to ensure all requirements are clearly expressed in the interests of effectiveness.

The full report and list of main modifications is available on the Council’s website via  

The Inspector’s Report will be considered by Cabinet on 4 February 2020. Subject to Cabinet endorsing the Inspector’s recommendation, Wiltshire Council will be asked to adopt the Wiltshire Housing Site Allocations Plan on 25 February 2020.

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