Have you ever read Wiltshire’s Core Strategy..?

What is the Wiltshire Core Strategy? Why is it so important? Big questions deserve helpful answers.

Which is why we have created this simple overview for you. And, because our NDP document must align with the Wiltshire Core Strategy, it’s important we all know what it is.

The Wiltshire Core Strategy is the most important part of the Local Development Framework (LDF), a suite of planning policy documents that will eventually replace the four local plans covering Wiltshire.

The Wiltshire Core Strategy Development Plan Document (DPD) covers the whole of Wiltshire (excluding Swindon) and sets out the council’s

  • spatial vision,
  • key objectives, and
  • overall principles for development in the county.

The key objectives of the spatial vision has been derived from an analysis of the county’s characteristics, a review of the council’s own corporate plans and priorities, and national planning guidance. At its heart is the delivery of viable and vibrant communities based on the principle of sustainability.

The core strategy outlines a sustainable spatial strategy for future development in the county and includes:

  • key principles of development
  • the location of strategic sites for new housing and employment development
  • policies with which planning applications will be assessed
  • a key diagram displaying the spatial aspects of the core strategy

The Adoption Statement, Adopted Wiltshire Core Strategy and associated background documents are available to download below: