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Decision details

HT-047-11 - Stonehenge World Heritage Site - Traffic Regulation Order

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes




(i)               Consider the Inspector’s Report and Recommendation dated 16 November 2011 (attached as Appendix 1) following the non statutory Inquiry which took place on         20 September 2011 and was closed on 4 October 2011, along with all the objections received by the Council under Regulation 8 of the Local Authorities Traffic Orders (Procedure ) Regulations 1996 (‘The Regulations’) and not withdrawn and to consider whether or not to  make a Traffic Regulation Order (‘TRO’) as advertised on 21 January 2010 or whether to make an Order in part either as modified as recommended by the Inspector or modified in some other way.


Reasons for the decision:

The Council as a key stakeholder to the WHS Management Plan proposed that a Traffic Regulation Order be made to reduce vehicular traffic within the WHS and an Order was sought on the grounds that an Order would improve the amenities of the area in which the highways were situated and known as the Stonehenge WHS.  Objections were received and an independent Inspector was appointed to hear and evaluate the evidence of supporters, objectors and the Council as the Order making authority at a non-statutory Inquiry. The Inspector recommended that a modified Order should be made to apply in part to the A344 (part) only.  If the Order making authority make the order in part, the vehicular traffic on the A344 will be significantly reduced and the amenities of the area through which the A344 (part) runs will be significantly improved. 


Alternative options considered:



(i)         Not make any TRO.


(ii)        Make the TRO as originally advertised on 21 January 2010.


(iii)       Consider making a modified Order by either adopting the Inspector’s report and recommendations as set out in his report dated 16 November 2011 or making other changes to the Order and


(iv)       If minded to make a modified Order, to consider whether it appeared that there would be a substantial change in the Order in making the modifications and


(v)        If it is considered that there would be no substantial change in the Order, to make the modified Order, or


(vi)       If it appeared that there would be a substantial change to defer the decision to allow the Council to carry out the steps required by Regulation 14(4).


Other reasons / organisations consulted

A pre-consultation took place in autumn 2009 with the formal consultation taking place between 21 January and 15 February 2010.  The Council agreed to forward the responses to the pre-consultation to the consultation which took place on 21 January 2010.  A number of responses were also received by the Council after the formal consultation period but prior to 22 June 2011 and these responses were included in the public inquiry Core Documents.  A copy of the objections received by the Council and not withdrawn are attached as Appendix 2. 


Contact: 01225 713285 Email:  peter.harris@wiltshire.gov.uk.

Publication date: 20/12/2011

Date of decision: 20/12/2011

Effective from: 03/01/2012

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