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  • Wiltshire Housing Site Allocations Plan

    Sustainability Appraisal Report

    Revised September 2018 2019

    helena.carney Cross-Out

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  • Wiltshire Council: Wiltshire Housing Site Allocations Plan: Sustainability Appraisal Report

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    Notice

    This document and its contents have been prepared and are intended solely for Wiltshire Council’s information and use in relation to the Wiltshire Housing Site Allocations Plan.

    Atkins assumes no responsibility to any other party in respect of or arising out of or in connection with this document and/or its contents.

    Document history

    Job number: 5139589

    Revision Purpose description Originated Checked Reviewed Authorised Date

    0.10 Introductory chapters (1- 7) including area summaries only for Cabinet Liaison 24th April 2017

    BN / CW KP KP KP 19/04/17

    0.20 Draft BN / PE KP KP MH 12/05/17

    0.30 Final draft BN / PE DW KP KP 30/05/17

    0.40 Final BN / PE DW KP KP 27/06/17

    0.50 Final following pre- submission consultation

    KP KP CW MH 04/05/18

    0.6 Final following Submitted Schedule of Proposed Changes (July 2018)

    KP KP DW KP 10/09/18

    0.7 Revision following Further Main Modifications (Sep 2019)

    DW DW GW GW 04/09/19

    Client signoff

    Client Wiltshire Council

    Project Wiltshire Housing Site Allocations Plan

    Document title SA Report

    Job no. 5139589

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    Table of contents

    Non-Technical Summary

    Chapter Pages

    1. Introduction 33 1.1 Purpose and structure of this report 33 1.2 Wiltshire Core Strategy 35 1.3 Wiltshire Housing Site Allocations Plan 36 1.4 Sustainability Appraisal and Strategic Environmental Assessment requirements 4039 1.5 Consultation in the SA process 4140 1.6 Compliance with requirements of SEA Regulations 41 1.7 Habitats Regulations Assessment 42

    2. Methodology 5049 2.1 Introduction 5049 2.2 Stage A - Scoping 5049 2.3 Stage B- Developing and refining alternatives and assessing effects 5150 2.4 Secondary, cumulative and synergistic effects assessments 61 2.5 Assessment of settlement boundaries 62 2.6 Stage C- Prepare the SA Report 63 2.7 Stage D: Consulting on the Draft Plan and the Sustainability Appraisal Report 63 2.8 Next steps 63

    3. Identifying other relevant plans, programmes and sustainability objectives 64 3.1 Introduction 64 3.2 Methodology 64 3.3 Results 7069

    4. Baseline characteristics 7170 4.1 Methodology 7170 4.2 Baseline analysis 7170 4.3 Data limitations 72

    5. Identifying key sustainability issues 73 5.1 Introduction 73 5.2 Methodology 73 5.3 Results 73

    6. Developing the Sustainability Appraisal Framework 92 6.1 Introduction 92 6.2 Methodology 92 6.3 Sustainability Appraisal Framework 94

    7. Site options assessment 10098 7.1 Introduction 10098 7.2 Amesbury Community Area Remainder 101 7.3 Amesbury (including Bulford and Durrington) 119 7.4 Chippenham Community Area Remainder 127 7.5 Devizes Community Area Remainder 148 7.6 Malmesbury Community Area 159 7.7 Salisbury Principal Settlement (including Wilton Town) 166 7.8 Tidworth and Ludgershall Market Town 189 7.9 Tisbury Community Area 193 7.10 Trowbridge Principal Settlement 201198 7.11 Warminster Community Area Remainder 216

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    7.12 Warminster Market Town 230 7.13 Westbury Community Area Remainder 247

    8. Assessment of Plan proposals 253 8.1 Introduction 253 8.2 Plan policies 253 8.3 Assessment of effects 255 8.4 Schedule of Proposed Changes 284 8.5 Schedule of Further Main Modifications (July 2019) 297 8.56 Conclusions 300298

    9. Cumulative effects 307

    10. Assessment of settlement boundaries 315

    11. Mitigation 317

    12. Monitoring programme 327

    13. Conclusions 330 13.1 Introduction 330 13.2 Policy H1.1 in the East Housing Market Area 330 13.3 Policy Policies H2.1 – H2.13 in the North and West Housing Market Area 331 13.4 Policy Policies H3.1 – H3.7 in the South Housing Market Area 332 13.5 Combined effects of Policies H1.1, H2.1 – H2.13 and H3.1 – H3.7 332 13.6 Cumulative effects with other Plans 333 13.7 Habitats Regulations Assessment 334

    Appendix A. Consultation comments on SA Scoping Report 336

    Appendix B. Sustainability themes identified from review of plans, programmes and sustainability objectives 338

    Annex I (Separate document) Site Options Assessment

    Annex II (Separate document) SA Implications of Schedule of Proposed Changes

    Annex III (Separate document) SA implications of Schedule of Further Main Modifications

    List of Tables

    Table 1.1. SEA requirements 41 Table 1.2. List of European sites screened for LSE 43 Table 2.1. Strategic constraints and their relationship with the SA objectives 52 Table 2.2. Generic Assessment Scale 53 Table 2.3. Generic Assessment Scale for each SA Objective 54 Table 2.4. Criteria for Assessing Significance of Effects 61 Table 3.1. Review of relevant Plans, Policies and Programmes 65 Table 5.1. Key Sustainability Issues and Opportunities 74 Table 6.1. Sustainability Appraisal Framework 94 Table 7.1. Amesbury Community Area Remainder - Summary of Scores of Site Options Assessments 104 Table 7.2. Amesbury (including Bulford and Durrington) - Summary of Scores of Site Options Assessments 122 Table 7.3. Chippenham Community Area Remainder - Summary of Scores of Site Options Assessments 132 Table 7.4. Devizes Community Area Remainder - Summary of Scores of Site Options Assessments 151 Table 7.5. Malmesbury Community Area - Summary of Scores of Site Options Assessments 162 Table 7.6. Salisbury Principal Settlement (including Wilton Town) - Summary of Scores of Site Options Assessments 169 Table 7.7. Tidworth and Ludgershall Market Town - Summary of Scores of Site Options Assessments 191 Table 7.8. Tisbury Community Area - Summary of Scores of Site Options Assessments 195 Table 7.9. Trowbridge Principal Settlement - Summary of Scores of Site Options Assessments 200 Table 7.10. Warminster Community Area - Summary of Scores of Site Options Assessments 219

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    Table 7.11. Warminster Market Town - Summary of Scores of Site Options Assessments 233 Table 7.12. Westbury Community Area Remainder - Summary of Scores of Site Options Assessments 249 Table 8.1. Sites proposed as suitable for housing development within the Plan 254 Table 8.2. Policy H1.1 policies and site allocations 257 Table 8.3. Policy H2 North and West HMA policies and site allocations 259 Table 8.4. Policy H3 South HMA policies and site allocations 274 Table 8.5. Summary of policy policies in each Housing Market Area - assessment against the SA framework 300299 Table 9.1. Combined effects of Ppolicies within each HMA (H1.1, H2.1 – H2.13 and H3.1 – H3.7) 307 Table 10.1. Settlement boundary methodology 315 Table 11.1. Summary of mitigation measures and Council responses 317 Table 12.1. Proposed Monitoring Programme 328 List of Figures

    Figure 1.1. Housing Market Areas in Wiltshire 36 Figure 1.2. Community Areas in Wiltshire 38 Figure 1.3. SA Process in Relation to Plan-Making 40 Figure 2.1. Housing Sites Identification Methodology and relationship with SA 51 Figure 7.1. Shrewton 102 Figure 7.2. The Winterbournes 103 Figure 7.3. Durrington 120 Figure 7.4. Amesbury 121 Figure 7.5. Hullavington 129 Figure 7.6. Kington St Michael 130 Figure 7.7. Yatton Keynell 131 Figure 7.8. Market Lavington 150 Figure 7.9. Crudwell 161 Figure 7.10. Oaksey 161 Figure 7.11. Salisbury 167 Figure 7.12. Wilton 168 Figure 7.13. Tidworth and Ludgershall Market Town 190 Figure 7.14. Fovant 194 Figure 7.15. Trowbridge 199 Figure 7.16. Chapmanslade 217 Figure 7.17. Codford 218 Figure 7.18. Heytesbury 218 Figure 7.19. Warminster Market Town 232 Figure 7.20. Bratton 248

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    Non-Technical Summary

    Purpose of this report This revised report is the Sustainability Appraisal (SA) Report of the Wiltshire Housing Site Allocations Plan (the Plan). The purpose of this revised SA Report is to assess and inform the development of the Housing Site Allocations Plan. The This version of the report has been produced jointly by WS Atkins Limited (Atkins) and Wiltshire Council. This section is the non-technical summary of the SA Report, setting out the SA process for the Plan and summarising the key assessment findings and recommendations. Wiltshire Council is preparing the Plan to support the delivery of new housing set out in the Wiltshire Core Strategy (adopted January 2015). The Plan will identify sufficient land (in the form of sites) across Wiltshire to ensure delivery of the Wiltshire C

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