Ernie Clark. Hilperton Division, Wiltshire Council.

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Tuesday June 29, 2021 WC cabinet 29/6/21.

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The Local Plan is on the agenda.

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Statement

Hilperton Parish Council unanimously rejected Wiltshire Council’s draft 2036 Local Plan proposal for the Hilperton area. The reasons were a) excessive housing numbers and b) the proposed site allocation to the east of the existing village.

The proposed allocation brings no benefit to local residents. On the contrary, it will add congestion, air pollution, strain on existing services, and destroy open space and footpaths.

I believe that, prior to the May 21 election, it was stated that the additional 5,000 houses Wiltshire had voluntarily allocated, would be removed from Wiltshire’s housing target and the Local Plan would be adapted. Removal of these 5,000 ‘voluntary’ houses from the target would totally remove any need for the 2,000+ houses in Hilperton parish.

Question 1 – (21-210) Can Wiltshire Council now confirm that the 5,000 ‘voluntary’ houses have been removed from the Local Plan?

Response: No decisions are being made at this meeting on policies for the draft Plan. As set out in the report (paragraph 5), once the draft Plan has been prepared it will be brought back to Cabinet and onto Council for approval before a further stage of consultation is undertaken. It is therefore too early to say what the housing requirement should be. Further work needs to be undertaken in response to the consultation on key parts of the evidence base including testing the upper and lower levels of housing need and spatial distribution of growth for the plan period.

Question 2 – (21-211) Is the Cabinet aware of Hilperton Parish Council’s objection to the proposed housing numbers and site allocation for the parish? Response: Yes.

 

However, it would seem that the residents of Chippenham, who might get a new road and 7,500 houses, have decided that submitting multiple questions/statements will get WC to 'amend' the draft Local Plan.

If WC is going to give credence to volume of questions etc, then that leaves Hilperton in a tricky position as 'we' have so few residents!

Perhaps the cabinet member would like to hear from Hilperton residents?  nick.botterill@wiltshire.gov.uk is his email address.....