Swindon Borough Local Plan 2026

Local Plan review

The Council is in the early stages of the Review of the Swindon Borough Local Plan to extend the plan horizon beyond 2026.

To further understand the issues to be addressed through the review of the Local Plan and which policies should be modified and how, the Council carried out a six week public consultation between 7 November and 19 December 2017. At this stage in the process no decisions have been made on the future locations for growth and development beyond that contained within the adopted Local Plan.

Swindon and Wiltshire joint spatial framework

Local planning authorities are legally required to co-operate with each other over issues that cross administrative boundaries. 

Swindon Borough Council and Wiltshire Council are working together on an ongoing basis and in 2017 produced the Swindon and Wiltshire Joint Spatial Framework: Issues Paper. The intention was for the Joint Spatial Framework to guide the overall pattern of development across the wider area of the two councils, setting out a distribution of new jobs, homes and infrastructure to inform the councils’ individual local plan reviews.

The Councils are continuing to work together to respond to new guidance on joint working in the NPPF 2018 which places more emphasis on the role of a Statement of Common Ground. There is likely to be some overlap between the intent of the proposed Joint Spatial Framework and the intent of the new format Statement of Common Ground. 

The authorities are, therefore, preparing a Statement of Common Ground which will establish the existence or otherwise of unmet needs for housing or economic development in one or both of the authorities to determine whether or not there is a need for a joint spatial framework to be prepared over and above the statement of common ground.

It is anticipated that the Councils will be able to clarify the position early in 2019.

Further information on the public consultation

For further information on the Local Plan Review and the Joint Spatial Framework consultation, including the consultation documents and, once completed, a summary of the responses, please visit the Planning Policy Consultation Portal.

For more information about how we will handle your personal details and comments, see the Planning Policy Privacy Notice.

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