Council plans for 37,000 new homes in Wiltshire by 2026

Wiltshire Council is to approve ambitious plans for how the county will change in the coming years.

The Wiltshire Core Strategy lays out plans for 37,000 new homes and 27,000 new jobs in the county by 2026.

The document is designed to tackle Wiltshire's predicted population and society changes over the next 15 years.

The new housing developments will be centred around the areas of Trowbridge, Chippenham and Marlborough.

Following targets set by the government in 2006, permission for 20,000 houses has already been agreed and construction is either under way or been approved.

The original target was for Wiltshire to provide 44,400 new homes within 20 years. With the advent of new government in 2010, that target was scrapped and the council was instructed to decide on a new housing figure based on local need.

Alistair Cunningham, director of economy and enterprise at Wiltshire Council, said: "Actually where we are now, we only need 19,600 houses up to 2026 in Wiltshire because a lot of the houses that the plans said were required over that period are either already built or in the pipeline.

"So when you look under the headline figures there is a much lower amount of houses needed."

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