Housing demand prompts council to sharpen planning focus

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 25 Feb 2015

Wiltshire council offices

A local authority is gearing up for big housing growth across its area, including need for traveller and gypsy sites.

Wiltshire County Council is focusing on several local plans including one for housing delivery in and around Chippenham and one allocating sites for travellers.

Interim planning manager Mark Henderson told Planning: “Residential demand is always challenging and we need to demonstrate housing land supply is at the forefront of the authority's mind.

"We have to ensure developments come forward in our spatial planning service.

"Teams are currently working on a range of projects including preparation of two site allocation development plan documents and one for gypsies and travellers.

“We are also working on the development of the Wiltshire community infrastructure levy (CIL) and neighbourhood planning issues."

Wiltshire County Council is looking to recruit an assistant planning officer to help prepare development plan documents and work with councillors, the public and other stakeholders.

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