St Mary's School sports hall plan is approved for Calne

This Is Wiltshire: St Mary's School sports hall plan is approved for Calne St Mary's School sports hall plan is approved for Calne

Wiltshire Council planners granted planning permission for a new sports hall at St Mary's School tonight.

The sports hall application was called in to be discussed at tonight's northern area planning meeting by division member Tony Trotman.

He took this decision after hearing concerns from residents over the size of the building and its impact on the neighbouring cemetary.

Coun Trotman said: "The latest plans show a reduction of the footprint has taken place, but little has been done to reduce the height and to omitigate the impact on the listed boundary wall.

"It will have an impact not only on the cemetery and the new remembrance garden but also on the residential dwellings."

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10:47am Thu 5 Dec 13

Gerrard2912 says...

I attended last night and I was disappointed with how this was addressed.

St Marys School has ample room to build this monstrosity elsewhere on the grounds, however, they are more interested in lining their own pockets with cash and do not care about the impact this will have on the community.

But lets face it, they never have given a **** about the community have they?

Also, I cannot believe that the comittee only took into account that the cemetery will only be able to offer plots for roughly the next 5 years, and because the sports hall will continue to be used after 5 years, they did not see an issue.
Not ONE person on the comittee took a moment to think that people will still use this cemetery AFTER it is full.

With that being said, The comittee also had their hands tied, and opted for the 'lesser of two evils' as it were, as St Marys already had planning permission granted in 1998 to build a bigger building which sadly they would have been able to complete at any time.

Maybe laws need to be created to give councils power to revoke planning applications under certain circumstances like this where the original application was granted before there were housing estates nearby, and thus nobody to oppose them with out having to pay out massive amounts of cash as 'compensation'?
I attended last night and I was disappointed with how this was addressed. St Marys School has ample room to build this monstrosity elsewhere on the grounds, however, they are more interested in lining their own pockets with cash and do not care about the impact this will have on the community. But lets face it, they never have given a **** about the community have they? Also, I cannot believe that the comittee only took into account that the cemetery will only be able to offer plots for roughly the next 5 years, and because the sports hall will continue to be used after 5 years, they did not see an issue. Not ONE person on the comittee took a moment to think that people will still use this cemetery AFTER it is full. With that being said, The comittee also had their hands tied, and opted for the 'lesser of two evils' as it were, as St Marys already had planning permission granted in 1998 to build a bigger building which sadly they would have been able to complete at any time. Maybe laws need to be created to give councils power to revoke planning applications under certain circumstances like this where the original application was granted before there were housing estates nearby, and thus nobody to oppose them with out having to pay out massive amounts of cash as 'compensation'? Gerrard2912

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