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  • Wiltshire Local Development Framework

    Working towards a Core Strategy for Wiltshire

    Sustainability Appraisal/ Strategic Environmental

    Assessment

    Sustainability Appraisal Report

    Wiltshire Core Strategy Consultation January 2012

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    Contents Page List of abbreviations List of tables 1. Introduction .................................................................................................. 1 1.1 Introduction and background .......................................................................... 1 1.2 Sustainability appraisal – purpose and requirements .................................... 1 1.3 Compliance with the SEA Directive and Regulations ..................................... 2 1.4 The Wiltshire Core Strategy ........................................................................... 2 1.5 South Wilts Core Strategy .............................................................................. 4 1.6 Habitats Regulations Assessment ................................................................. 5 1.7 Structure of this report .................................................................................. 10 2 Methodology ............................................................................................... 12 2.1 Approach adopted in carrying out the sustainability appraisal ..................... 12 2.2 Sustainability appraisal stages ..................................................................... 12 2.3 Developing and refining policies and ‘reasonable alternatives’ .................... 13 2.4 Assessing the significance of effects ........................................................... 14 2.5 Consideration of mitigation measures .......................................................... 16 2.6 Appraisal limitations, difficulties encountered and assumptions made ........ 16 2.7 Consultation requirements ........................................................................... 17 3 Sustainability Appraisal context and objectives (scoping stage) ......... 20 3.1 Introduction .................................................................................................. 20 3.2 Relationship with other plans and programmes ........................................... 21 3.3 Baseline evidence ........................................................................................ 24 3.4 Likely evolution of the area without implementation of the Core Strategy.... 24 3.5 Key sustainability issues in Wiltshire ............................................................ 30 3.6 Sustainability appraisal framework ............................................................... 30 4 Summary of previous sustainability appraisal work relating to the Core Strategy ....................................................................................................... 32 4.1 Introduction .................................................................................................. 32 4.2 Former district authority Core Strategy work undertaken (2007/2008) ........ 32 4.3 Wiltshire 2026 (October 2009) ..................................................................... 32 4.4 Core Strategy Consultation document (June 2011) ..................................... 38 5 Assessment of Wiltshire Core Strategy Core Policies ........................... 39 5.1 Introduction .................................................................................................. 39 5.2 Core Strategy spatial vision and strategic objectives ................................... 44 5.3 Core policy 1: Settlement strategy ............................................................... 49 5.4 Core policy 2: Delivery strategy ................................................................... 53 5.5 Core Policy 3: Infrastructure requirements ................................................... 65 5.6 Core Policy 4: Spatial Strategy: Amesbury Community Area ....................... 68

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    5.7 Core Policy 5: Porton Down ......................................................................... 68 5.8 Core Policy 6: Stonehenge .......................................................................... 69 5.9 Core Policy 7: Spatial Strategy: Bradford on Avon Community Area ........... 69 5.10 Core Policy 8: Spatial Strategy: Calne Community Area ............................. 75 5.11 Core Policy 9: Chippenham Central Areas of Opportunity ........................... 78 5.12 Core Policy 10: Spatial Strategy: Chippenham Community Area ................ 80 5.13 Core Policy 11: Spatial Strategy: Corsham Community Area .................... 102 5.14 Core Policy 12: Spatial Strategy: Devizes Community Area ...................... 106 5.15 Core Policy 13: Spatial Strategy: Malmesbury Community Area ............... 110 5.16 Core Policy 14: Spatial Strategy: Marlborough Community Area ............... 113 5.17 Core Policy 15: Spatial Strategy: Melksham Community Area .................. 118 5.18 Core Policy 16: Melksham link project ....................................................... 123 5.19 Core Policy 17: Spatial Strategy: Mere Community Area ........................... 124 5.20 Core Policy 18: Spatial Strategy: Pewsey Community Area ...................... 125 5.21 Core Policy 19: Spatial Strategy: Royal Wootton Bassett and Cricklade Community Area ........................................................................................ 127 5.22 Core Policy 20: Spatial Strategy: Salisbury Community Area .................... 132 5.23 Core Policy 21: Maltings/Central Car Park ................................................. 132 5.24 Core Policy 22: Salisbury Skyline .............................................................. 133 5.25 Core Policy 23: Old Sarum airfield ............................................................. 133 5.26 Core Policy 24: Spatial Strategy: Southern Wiltshire Community Area ..... 134 5.27 Core Policy 25: New Forest National Park ................................................. 134 5.28 Core Policy 26: Spatial Strategy: Tidworth Community Area ..................... 135 5.29 Core Policy 27: Spatial Strategy: Tisbury Community Area ....................... 138 5.30 Core Policy 28: Trowbridge Central Areas of Opportunity ......................... 139 5.31 Core Policy 29: Spatial Strategy: Trowbridge Community Area ................. 140 5.32 Core Policy 30: Trowbridge Low-Carbon/ Renewable Energy Network ..... 147 5.33 Core Policy 31: Spatial Strategy: Warminster Community Area ................ 149 5.34 Core Policy 32: Spatial Strategy: Westbury Community Area .................... 158 5.35 Core Policy 33: Spatial Strategy: Wilton Community Area ......................... 165 5.36 Core Policy 34: Additional employment land .............................................. 165 5.37 Core Policy 35: Existing employment sites ................................................ 172 5.38 Core Policy 36: Economic regeneration ..................................................... 175 5.39 Core Policy 37: Military establishments ..................................................... 176 5.40 Core Policy 38: Retail and leisure .............................................................. 179 5.41 Core Policy 39: Tourist development ......................................................... 182 5.42 Core Policy 40: Hotels, Bed and Breakfasts, guest houses and conference facilities ...................................................................................................... 184 5.43 Core Policy 41: Sustainable construction and low-carbon energy ............. 185 5.44 Core Policy 42: Standalone renewable energy installations ...................... 187 5.45 Core Policy 43: Providing affordable homes .............................................. 189 5.46 Core Policy 44: Rural exceptions sites ....................................................... 192 5.47 Core Policy 45: Meeting Wiltshire’s housing needs ................................... 194 5.48 Core Policy 46: Meeting the needs of Wiltshire’s vulnerable and older people ........................................................................................................ 196 5.49 Core Policy 47: Meeting the needs of Gypsies and Travellers................... 199 5.50 Core Policy 48: Supporting rural life ........................................................... 202 5.51 Core Policy 49: Protection of services and community facilities ................ 204

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    5.52 Core Policy 50: Biodiversity and geodiversity ............................................ 205 5.53 Core Policy 51: Landscape ........................................................................ 209 5.54 Core Policy 52: Green infrastructure .......................................................... 212 5.55 Core Policy 53: Wilts and Berks and Thames and Severn canals ............. 215 5.56 Core Policy 54: Cotswold Water Park ........................................................ 216 5.57 Core Policy 55: Air quality .......................................................................... 220 5.58 Core Policy 56: Contaminated land ............................................................ 223 5.59 Core Policy 57: Ensuring high quality design and place shaping ............... 225 5.60 Core Policy 58: Ensuring the conservation of the historic environment ..... 227 5

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