Melksham residents plan campaign against 255-home plan

This Is Wiltshire: Residents campaigning against a 255-house development behind their homes in Mallory Place, Bowerhill Residents campaigning against a 255-house development behind their homes in Mallory Place, Bowerhill

Plans for up to 255 new homes between Bowerhill and Melksham have been strongly criticised by residents, who have promised to campaign against the development.

A planning application has been submitted by Scottish developer Mactaggart and Mickel, which would see a new estate built between Western Way and Bath Road.

It would include a mixture of detached, terraced, and three-storey houses, two children’s play areas and a local shop, with a woodland buffer to the north separating it from the town.

A consultation on the plans was held in April, when neighbours expressed concerns over the loss of the buffer zone between Melksham and Bowerhill.

Schoolteacher Andrea Perks attended the meeting with husband Ian, and is working to oppose the plans.

She said: “Everyone wants to fight against it, but we don’t feel we stand much of a chance. Most people would prefer to have solar panels put in instead, though we would rather have nothing at all.

“We have sought legal advice, and having people write letters is the main thing, making sure everything’s covered, but that they are all different.

“One of the neighbours has also been to Wessex Water to find out about the infrastructure as far as sewage is concerned, and someone has spoken to the parish council.

“The field was supposed to be for drainage, it’s a great natural habitat and it keeps a boundary between Melksham and Bowerhill.

“Planning permission was refused before – our homes had to keep their farm appearance as this is separate from the main town.”

The plans will be considered by a special meeting on Melksham Without Parish Council, before Wiltshire Council’s planning department decides whether to grant planning permission.

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4:33pm Thu 5 Jun 14

melkshamwizard says...

i would like to know where the government and wiltshire council get their figures from when they say we need this X number of houses,
i would like to know where the government and wiltshire council get their figures from when they say we need this X number of houses, melkshamwizard
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5:27pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Mrs Donnyfly says...

melkshamwizard wrote:
i would like to know where the government and wiltshire council get their figures from when they say we need this X number of houses,
Are you basing your comment on figures indicating we don't need this number of houses?
[quote][p][bold]melkshamwizard[/bold] wrote: i would like to know where the government and wiltshire council get their figures from when they say we need this X number of houses,[/p][/quote]Are you basing your comment on figures indicating we don't need this number of houses? Mrs Donnyfly
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7:40am Tue 10 Jun 14

vox sanitatem says...

"She said: “Everyone wants to fight against it, but we don’t feel we stand much of a chance. Most people would prefer to have solar panels put in instead, though we would rather have nothing at all. "

These people make me sick, they live in a conurbation with all its benefits of nearby facilities, employment etc. then feel the need to deny anyone else the chance to live there as well, just so they can look out on a field containing "nothing at all". It's pathetic

If they don't want houses built on their doorstep they should move to the Outer Hebrides!
"She said: “Everyone wants to fight against it, but we don’t feel we stand much of a chance. Most people would prefer to have solar panels put in instead, though we would rather have nothing at all. " These people make me sick, they live in a conurbation with all its benefits of nearby facilities, employment etc. then feel the need to deny anyone else the chance to live there as well, just so they can look out on a field containing "nothing at all". It's pathetic If they don't want houses built on their doorstep they should move to the Outer Hebrides! vox sanitatem
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10:05am Tue 10 Jun 14

frankie007 says...

It's OK, I've got a house, so pull the ladder up Jack there's a good lad.
What lovely people.
Do any of them stop to think what their houses were built on, & who's view they screwed up?
It's OK, I've got a house, so pull the ladder up Jack there's a good lad. What lovely people. Do any of them stop to think what their houses were built on, & who's view they screwed up? frankie007
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