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South West Region 230911

Date: 23/9/2011

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Item discussed and action agreed

1.

Introduction - Dr David Evans, POS SW Convenor and Director of Environment, West Dorset District Council and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council

DE welcomed attendees and commented that the group provided an opportunity for public sector planners to discuss key issues together. Topical issues for discussion today include NPPF, affordable housing delivery and shared services working.

2.

Regeneration Strategic Centres - Alistair Cunningham, Service Director for Economy and Enterprise at Wiltshire Council

AC gave a presentation on Regeneration Strategic Centres (Appendix 1). Wiltshire has been a large unitary authority since 2009. South Wiltshire Core Strategy is currently with the Inspectorate. They are now consulting on housing numbers for an area-wide plan. The focus of the plan is employment led - as currently there is a reliance on jobs outside the area. There are 20 community areas with area boards based around the main towns. Vision boards for 3 strategic settlements (Chippenham, Trowbridge and Salisbury).

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