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Approval of the Pre-Submission Draft Wiltshire Core Strategy and Arrangements for Formal Consultation

Meeting: 17/01/2012 - Cabinet (Item 18)

18 Pre-Submission Draft Wiltshire Core Strategy Development Plan Document

Report by Service Director for Economy and Enterprise.


The draft Wiltshire Core Strategy Submission document and related appendices are enclosed separately for Cabinet members. Due to the volume of papers involved, they are available on the Council’s website along with this agenda together with the various Topic Papers and available on request from Democratic Services (see head of agenda for contact details).

Supporting documents:


Cllrs Toby Sturgis and Judy Rooke declared prejudicial interests in this item as detailed under minute no. 14 above.


Public Participation


Written representations were received from the following members of the public in the form of questions and statements, details of which, together with responses were circulated:


Mr John Kirkman

Mr Kim Stuckey

Mrs Marilyn Mackay

Mr Edward Heard

Mr Ken J McCall (Campaign for a Better Trowbridge)

Mr Michael Sprules (Chairman of Residents Against Development Affecting

    Recreation Land - RADAR)

Mr Nick Murry

Pinsent Masons (Chippenham 2020)

Mr Tony Peacock, Showell Protection Group


Cllr Judy Rooke (member for Chippenham Lowden and Rowden)


Verbal representations were also made at the meeting by:


Mr Ken J McCall

Mrs Anne Henshaw (North Wiltshire and Swindon Council for the Protection of Rural England)

Mr Ian James

Mrs Jane Browning

Mr Richard Hames

Mr Peter Humphries

Mr Owen Inskip (Chippenham 2020)

Mr Michael Sprules

Mr Edward Heard

Mr Nick Murry


Cllr Fleur de Rhe Philipe, Cabinet member for Economic Development and Strategic Planning presented a report which sought the following:


·           Cabinet’s recommendation to Council that the Draft Wiltshire Core Strategy Development Plan Document (DPD) be formally published for a final stage of consultation and


·           endorsement of the Pre-Submission Draft Wiltshire Core Strategy DPD  and to recommend that Council approves the document for the purpose of Submission to the Secretary of State.


If agreed, the recommendations would be presented to Council at its extraordinary meeting on 7 February 2012.


The report also set out the arrangements for consultation and the next steps in the process.


Cllr de Rhe Philipe accordingly presented the Draft Wiltshire Core Strategy DPD and related documents for Cabinet’s consideration.


The Wiltshire Core Strategy, once adopted, would provide an up-to-date strategic planning policy for Wiltshire and ensure that Wiltshire developed in the most sustainable way. The South Wiltshire Core Strategy, which had been earlier in the meeting recommended to Full Council for adoption (minute no. 17 above refers) had been subsumed into the Draft Submission Document to ensure delivery of a single Core Strategy for Wiltshire.


Cllr de Rhe Philipe explained how the draft document had evolved and the extensive consultation undertaken on it.


The June 2011 Consultation Document had formed the basis for the development of the Pre-Submission Draft Core Strategy now presented. It was however noted that there had been changes made as a result of consultation, further refinement of the evidence base and to aid clarity. Details of the changes were presented and Cllr de Rhe Philipe highlighted the main areas of change.


Cllr de Rhe Philipe presented a table of further proposed changes which were considered necessary to correct drafting errors, further improve clarity and/or to strengthen the document.  In the interests of transparency, these further changes are attached as an appendix to these minutes which also highlights minor changes agreed following debate at this meeting.


Cabinet was advised that by endorsing the Pre-Submission Draft Core Strategy for publication (i.e. the consultation on the soundness of the draft  ...  view the full minutes text for item 18