Wiltshire

Future Wiltshire housing development scaled down

Future housing development in the south of Wiltshire has been scaled down.

Wiltshire Council has decided the 12,400 new homes in its previous plan for south Wiltshire are too many.

The figure has been reduced to just under 10,000. The previous plans were part of the previous government's target.

John Thomson, deputy leader of the Conservative-run council, says that in future local people will have more say.

The decision was made at the council's full meeting on Tuesday.

The Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS) for the South West had proposed building 500,000 new homes by 2026.

It was scrapped by the coalition government last year.

Mr Thomson said: "The Localism Bill, which is going through parliament at the moment, is radically going to change the way we do future planning in Wiltshire and it's going to be much more involvement by the community."

"It gives opportunities for communities who want development to actually put forward development land themselves."

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