No need for more Devizes homes say council planners
12:00pm Friday 20th September 2013 in Latest News
A PROPOSAL to build 350 homes next to Coate bridge on the edge of Devizes has been recommended for refusal by planners because there is already enough housing in the town.
The application for the 50-acre greenfield site, next to Windsor Drive, was submitted by Glasgow developers Mactaggart and Mickel in January.
Devizes town, Roundway and Bishops Cannings parish councils all objected, as did the Campaign to Protect Rural England and 63 residents. The main concerns are the development would increase traffic congestion in the town, the site is not allocated for development and air pollution would increase.
Wiltshire Council’s highway department raised no objections, though it suggested some conditions to aid traffic management.
The application will be determined by Wiltshire Council’s strategic planning committee on Wednesday, at Monkton Park, Chippenham, starting at 2pm.
In their report to the committee, planning officers Jemma Boustead and Mike Wilmott said the soon to be adopted Wiltshire Core Strategy does not identify Devizes as a primary focus for growth.
A Neighbourhood Plan is also being drawn up by Devizes, Roundway and Bishops Cannings parish councils.
They said Devizes has more than a five-year supply of housing land, as required by national planning policy.
They said: “The site lies outside of the limits of development defined in the Kennet Local Plan and the emerging Core Strategy. A Neighbourhood Plan is being prepared and to approve an application for a major development of this number of houses would undermine this process.”
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