Plan for 500 more homes

MORE than 500 new homes will have to be built in south Wiltshire in addition to thousands already agreed.

Amesbury, Bulford and Durrington will be required to take 300 more between them, and another 50 will go up in the area around Amesbury.

There are no plans for further development in Downton but locations for 60 more homes will need to be found in the surrounding area, plus 35 in Mere, and 35 in the rural area surrounding Wilton.

In Wilton itself, and in Salisbury, which will already see new estates at Hampton Park, UKLF Wilton and Fugglestone Red with more planned at Old Sarum, no further increase in house building is currently proposed.

A government-appointed inspector has told Wiltshire Council that it hasn’t identified enough building land, and every part of the county will have to find sites suitable for more development.

The inspector proposed increasing the housing numbers in the draft Wiltshire Core Strategy from 37,000 to 42,000.

The public are now being asked to suggest potential areas and to comment on the council’s ideas about how the new homes should be distributed around the county.

And landowners can put forward potential sites for more homes.

Until the inspector approves the package that the council comes up with, it is legally vulnerable to speculative applications from developers to build on greenfield land, which is already happening in the north of the county.

Toby Sturgis, Wiltshire Council’s Cabinet member for spatial planning, said: “Our vision is to create stronger and more resilient communities and by ensuring we have a robust development plan in place to manage growth – both in terms of housing and economic development – we can achieve this.”

The inspector is also expecting the council to review settlement boundaries, and parish councils are to be asked whether they want to make changes.

For villages where residents would like to see some growth, this may offer scope for infill development, and Wiltshire’s head of economic development and planning Alistair Cunningham told the Journal: “This is an opportunity for smaller communities, not an imposition. It will be a genuine consultation. I really don’t see that there will be significant changes that will take in huge new swathes of green land.”

Asked why there is further uncertainty when south Wiltshire already has an adopted core strategy governing where there should be development, Mr Cunningham said things had “moved on” nationally.

He pointed out that other parts of the county are being asked to absorb bigger percentage increases in housebuilding.

The consultation documents can be found at wiltshire.gov.uk/planninganddevelopment/ planningpolicy/wi ltshirecorestrategy/wiltshirecorestrategyexamination.htm.

Copies are also available in libraries and at the council office in Milford Street.

* THE building boom in the county will earn almost £11m for Wiltshire Council this year.

It will receive £10.899m in New Homes Bonus – money handed over by the Government to reward local authorities for increasing the number of homes in their area.

That makes it number seven in the Top Ten earners’ league of councils.

Last year Wiltshire received £7.59m, and the year before, £1.84m.

Although local authorities are free to use the money for purposes such as building affordable homes, or bringing empty homes back into use, the handout is not ringfenced.

The council has said that after consulting public opinion it decided to use it “to help deliver the key priorities set out in our business plan, including the growth in demand for elderly care”.

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8:25am Thu 17 Apr 14

hillyanne says...

Hands off ALL greenfield land.Use all the brownfield sites lying idle:put "pressure" on the owners;whoever they are.Use the empty offices and storerooms around the towns and cities for domestic use.Obvious really.

Protect our "green & pleasant land" or it will be gone for ever!
Hands off ALL greenfield land.Use all the brownfield sites lying idle:put "pressure" on the owners;whoever they are.Use the empty offices and storerooms around the towns and cities for domestic use.Obvious really. Protect our "green & pleasant land" or it will be gone for ever! hillyanne
  • Score: 21

8:49am Thu 17 Apr 14

karlmarx says...

Official figures show that in the South West region there are:

Second homes (holiday/weekend getaway) 52,000
Long term private empty homes 23,000
LA & HA homes 3,000

All standing empty, 78,000 homes. So we have something called the bedroom tax whereby social housing tenants are punished and demonised for having an empty bedroom room. Yet 78,000 homes in the South West are empty or 'under used' as this government call it, and nothing is being done to punish or demonise the owners of these 'under used' homes.

Again, the evidence suggests that we are not 'all in this together' but then, when has this government ever accepted evidence preferring instead to rely on myths and authority as the truth.

'In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.'
George Orwell
Official figures show that in the South West region there are: Second homes (holiday/weekend getaway) 52,000 Long term private empty homes 23,000 LA & HA homes 3,000 All standing empty, 78,000 homes. So we have something called the bedroom tax whereby social housing tenants are punished and demonised for having an empty bedroom room. Yet 78,000 homes in the South West are empty or 'under used' as this government call it, and nothing is being done to punish or demonise the owners of these 'under used' homes. Again, the evidence suggests that we are not 'all in this together' but then, when has this government ever accepted evidence preferring instead to rely on myths and authority as the truth. 'In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.' George Orwell karlmarx
  • Score: -11

9:31am Thu 17 Apr 14

Old Salisbury Boy says...

Huge site, council owned central in the City, absolutely ideal for housing,
oh wait, Wiltshire Council has sold out to a developer for more shops and restaurants.......
Oh well lets build on Lizzie Gardens.
Huge site, council owned central in the City, absolutely ideal for housing, oh wait, Wiltshire Council has sold out to a developer for more shops and restaurants....... Oh well lets build on Lizzie Gardens. Old Salisbury Boy
  • Score: 3

3:28pm Thu 17 Apr 14

IanMcL says...

None of the Salisbury sites mentioned are in Salisbury! Salisbury is too reliant on its neighbours.

With 800 at Old Sarum, 500 at Hampton Park and 673 at Longhedge, it makes one wonder what has happened to the new homes bonus! Not a sniff of a mention locally!
None of the Salisbury sites mentioned are in Salisbury! Salisbury is too reliant on its neighbours. With 800 at Old Sarum, 500 at Hampton Park and 673 at Longhedge, it makes one wonder what has happened to the new homes bonus! Not a sniff of a mention locally! IanMcL
  • Score: -2

7:43pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Salisbury Thinker says...

There is more housing proposed in Wilton, just Wiltshire Council keep ignoring all common sense and fabricating reasons to reject it. It's a simple choice between an industrial site in the centre of Wilton with big lorries going down small roads to it every day, or a small new housing estate and increased river capacity.
There is more housing proposed in Wilton, just Wiltshire Council keep ignoring all common sense and fabricating reasons to reject it. It's a simple choice between an industrial site in the centre of Wilton with big lorries going down small roads to it every day, or a small new housing estate and increased river capacity. Salisbury Thinker
  • Score: 0

8:57pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Morello says...

karlmarx wrote:
Official figures show that in the South West region there are:

Second homes (holiday/weekend getaway) 52,000
Long term private empty homes 23,000
LA & HA homes 3,000

All standing empty, 78,000 homes. So we have something called the bedroom tax whereby social housing tenants are punished and demonised for having an empty bedroom room. Yet 78,000 homes in the South West are empty or 'under used' as this government call it, and nothing is being done to punish or demonise the owners of these 'under used' homes.

Again, the evidence suggests that we are not 'all in this together' but then, when has this government ever accepted evidence preferring instead to rely on myths and authority as the truth.

'In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.'
George Orwell
Mmmm, interesting but what's your point Karl ?
[quote][p][bold]karlmarx[/bold] wrote: Official figures show that in the South West region there are: Second homes (holiday/weekend getaway) 52,000 Long term private empty homes 23,000 LA & HA homes 3,000 All standing empty, 78,000 homes. So we have something called the bedroom tax whereby social housing tenants are punished and demonised for having an empty bedroom room. Yet 78,000 homes in the South West are empty or 'under used' as this government call it, and nothing is being done to punish or demonise the owners of these 'under used' homes. Again, the evidence suggests that we are not 'all in this together' but then, when has this government ever accepted evidence preferring instead to rely on myths and authority as the truth. 'In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.' George Orwell[/p][/quote]Mmmm, interesting but what's your point Karl ? Morello
  • Score: -1

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