Sutton Benger factory site plan meets resistance

Sutton Benger residents fear 84 new homes planned for the village will create flooding and traffic chaos.

The village’s housing stock would increase by a quarter if full permission is granted for 63 houses at the former Faccenda chicken factory on High Street and 21 at Hazel-wood farm in Seagry Road.

Hampshire-based Gleeson Developments wants to build a mixture of two, three and four-bedroom houses on the land in Seagry Road occupied by dilapidated farm buildings.

Some of the homes would be for affordable rent or for shared ownership to local people on the Wiltshire Council waiting list.

But villagers feel this, combined with another development planned for the site of the factory, which closed five years ago, would be too much for the infrastructure to bear.

Flooding last November damaged houses, particularly in Seagry Road and resident Michael Sideras said parts of the Hazelwood site were under a foot of water recently.

He said in a letter to Wiltshire Council: “Future floods can only be made worse by building on land which would otherwise help water drain away and by putting more strain on the drainage system.”

Sutton Benger Parish Council wrote to Wiltshire Council after a public consultation on January 26.

Parish clerk Sarah Britain said it was attended by about 50 parishioners and the main talking point was the drainage. Nine residents voiced concerns about the Faccenda development, also mainly surrounding flooding and traffic issues.

Developer Redrow plans to build 44 private houses on the site as well as 19 affordable houses. It would contribute about £138,000 to the primary school and £228,000 to local secondary schools.

The deadline for comments on the Hazelwood site is today, with a decision possible tomorrow. The Redrow plan is set to be decided by March 18.

Sophia Thorpe, Gleeson’s strategic planner, said: “The planning application followed a lengthy period of data collection and interpretation by appointed consultants.

“The submission was accompanied by a full suite of technical reports including flooding and transport.

“We look forward to the council making a positive determination of this application, which makes efficient use of the land with no harm to the surrounding area.”

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