Firms will tweak Warminster homes proposal
4:00pm Saturday 5th October 2013 in Latest News
Developers putting forward a scheme for up to 1,200 homes to the west of Warminster now aim to submit outline plans to Wiltshire Council before the end of 2013, after finishing their public consultation last week.
Persimmon Homes and Hannick Homes control the majority of the land identified as the West Warminster Urban Extension, a plot allocated for housing in the council’s Core Strategy.
When proposals went on show at Warminster Civic Centre, residents expressed some fears about the impact they could have on the market town.
Despite 62 per cent of respondents to a previous consultation either agreeing or raising no objection to the site being the most appropriate location for growth in Warminster, concerns have been raised over flooding, drain-age, traffic and infrastructure.
Senior planning consultant Denis Barry said: “There were about 200 to 250 people who turned up over the two days and there was quite a lot of feedback.
“The feedback was quite mixed and there are still some people with concerns, but there are also many who support the development and were happy with the ways we have addressed issues.
“We were there to advise and make sure this development best suits the needs of Warminster. There are still some concerns surrounding traffic, drainage and infrastructure.
“We still have more work to do before submitting the application, but we will take our time and make sure we get this right. The feedback we have received from members of the public has been very helpful.”
Once the planning application has been submitted and validated, Wiltshire Council will give the public another opportunity to make comments, before a final decision is expected in spring 2014.
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