But Wiltshire councillors vote to defend refusal of 350 homes at Coate bridge

This Is Wiltshire: Objectors say building of more homes near Devizes will increase traffic congestion in the town Objectors say building of more homes near Devizes will increase traffic congestion in the town

A controversial housing development of 230 houses off the London Road corridor of Devizes was approved by Wiltshire Council planners today.

The council’s strategic planning committee has been recommended to approve The Crown Estate’s planning application for 230 homes on agricultural land next to Lay Wood in Bishops Cannings by its officers.

In a report on the application to the committee, planning officer Jemma Boustead says the policies of the National Planning Policy Framework apply as the draft Devizes Neighbourhood Plan as it is currently out to public consultation.

She said: “These apply a presumption in favour of sustainable development and state that planning permission should be granted unless any adverse impacts of doing so would demonstrably outweigh the benefits.

"In this case, it is considered that there are no such significant and demonstrable adverse impacts that would outweigh presumption on favour of development.”

Devizes town, Roundway and Bishops Cannings parish councils all objected.

They argued that Devizes experiences significant traffic congestion and air pollution as a result of significant numbers of houses having been built in the town, particularly on the London Road corridor.

Coun Toby Sturgis, Wiltshire cabinet member for spatial planning, said: "I feel very upset about this. I feel it's totally against local democracy."

He said he has been lobbying MPs and Nick Boles, the Planning Minister, about the situation.

The committee was also told today that Wiltshire Council can no longer justify the reasons it refused permission for 350 homes on greenfield land next to Coate bridge, off Windsor Drive, for Mactaggart and Mickel and officers recommended not defending the decision at a public inquiry scheduled for April.

But planners went against the advice, that they could not block the plans as the inspector overseeing Wiltshire Council’s core strategy for development had stated that more homes need to be build in Wiltshire in the next 12 years.

They unanimously voted to defend their decision at the forthcoming inquiry.

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1:46pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Fluffy peppa says...

Ridiculous decision.
More Greenland churned up for brick city, more social housing and traffic around town going to be even worse than it is now.

Welcome to the town of Devizes where the people in power don't listen to the normal town folk.

What is the point of asking for our thoughts if you are not going to listen.....jobs worths.
Ridiculous decision. More Greenland churned up for brick city, more social housing and traffic around town going to be even worse than it is now. Welcome to the town of Devizes where the people in power don't listen to the normal town folk. What is the point of asking for our thoughts if you are not going to listen.....jobs worths. Fluffy peppa
  • Score: 14

2:02pm Wed 12 Feb 14

GreenGoblin says...

The local council doesn't have the money to fight against the application, that is why the approved it.

Who sold the land to the developers in the first place?
The local council doesn't have the money to fight against the application, that is why the approved it. Who sold the land to the developers in the first place? GreenGoblin
  • Score: 6

2:41pm Wed 12 Feb 14

timecrawler says...

I think the crown owns the land and is developing it itself. And I think the council did decide to fight the other plans along coate road. I may be wrong but feel it is more likely that once again the gazette has published an incomplete and misleading story.
I think the crown owns the land and is developing it itself. And I think the council did decide to fight the other plans along coate road. I may be wrong but feel it is more likely that once again the gazette has published an incomplete and misleading story. timecrawler
  • Score: 4

3:21pm Wed 12 Feb 14

piddle says...

let's hope they are above sea level!!
let's hope they are above sea level!! piddle
  • Score: 3

3:23pm Wed 12 Feb 14

MDP says...

" the draft Devizes Neighbourhood Plan as it is currently out to public consultation".

"the settlement boundaries in the Kennet Local Plan, which has been used to refuse the Mactaggart and Mickel application last September, are out of date".

Do these two assertions suggest that Wiltshire Council has been negligent in not completing its Neighbourhood Plan in time, and not keeping its settlement boundaries up to date? If so, we are being let down yet again by an incompetent authority - we should be able to rely on them to protect us from the problems which over-development cause.
" the draft Devizes Neighbourhood Plan as it is currently out to public consultation". "the settlement boundaries in the Kennet Local Plan, which has been used to refuse the Mactaggart and Mickel application last September, are out of date". Do these two assertions suggest that Wiltshire Council has been negligent in not completing its Neighbourhood Plan in time, and not keeping its settlement boundaries up to date? If so, we are being let down yet again by an incompetent authority - we should be able to rely on them to protect us from the problems which over-development cause. MDP
  • Score: 5

5:28pm Wed 12 Feb 14

WR950 says...

This is all down to the new legislation passed by the current government which allows almost anyone to build anywhere. This is a desperate attempt to get the economy moving regardless of any impact on local air pollution and with no consideration on whether the infrastructure like roads, schools and hospitals etc can cope with the extra housing. General election is next year. You know what to do.
This is all down to the new legislation passed by the current government which allows almost anyone to build anywhere. This is a desperate attempt to get the economy moving regardless of any impact on local air pollution and with no consideration on whether the infrastructure like roads, schools and hospitals etc can cope with the extra housing. General election is next year. You know what to do. WR950
  • Score: 10

11:52pm Wed 12 Feb 14

G P Hume says...

Put simply - the knock on effect of out of control mass immigration !!
Put simply - the knock on effect of out of control mass immigration !! G P Hume
  • Score: 4

12:44am Thu 13 Feb 14

Wiltshire_lad says...

Vote Ukip and you can help stop this.
Vote Ukip and you can help stop this. Wiltshire_lad
  • Score: 2

1:22pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Barnybear says...

WR950 wrote:
This is all down to the new legislation passed by the current government which allows almost anyone to build anywhere. This is a desperate attempt to get the economy moving regardless of any impact on local air pollution and with no consideration on whether the infrastructure like roads, schools and hospitals etc can cope with the extra housing. General election is next year. You know what to do.
you have hit the nail on the head .
[quote][p][bold]WR950[/bold] wrote: This is all down to the new legislation passed by the current government which allows almost anyone to build anywhere. This is a desperate attempt to get the economy moving regardless of any impact on local air pollution and with no consideration on whether the infrastructure like roads, schools and hospitals etc can cope with the extra housing. General election is next year. You know what to do.[/p][/quote]you have hit the nail on the head . Barnybear
  • Score: 0

1:26pm Thu 13 Feb 14

stereotype old bloke says...

Whatever the rights and wrongs of this - The quality of life is being diminished in our lovely town by traffic, pollution and lovely countryside being destroyed.
Whatever the rights and wrongs of this - The quality of life is being diminished in our lovely town by traffic, pollution and lovely countryside being destroyed. stereotype old bloke
  • Score: 6

3:19pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Fluffy peppa says...

stereotype old bloke wrote:
Whatever the rights and wrongs of this - The quality of life is being diminished in our lovely town by traffic, pollution and lovely countryside being destroyed.
I agree with you, well put x
[quote][p][bold]stereotype old bloke[/bold] wrote: Whatever the rights and wrongs of this - The quality of life is being diminished in our lovely town by traffic, pollution and lovely countryside being destroyed.[/p][/quote]I agree with you, well put x Fluffy peppa
  • Score: 2

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