Successful appeal on new builds

Two developers who plan to build more than 350 new homes in Calne have won an appeal against refusal of planning permission.

Hills Group has applied to build 200 homes on land off Oxford Road.

And C G Fry & Son Limited want to build 154 new houses at Silver Street and White Horse Way, on land owned by Lord Lansdowne.

Wiltshire Council rejected the plans earlier this year, but planning inspector John Papworth said this week that the proposals were in line with the framework on the presumption in favour of sustainable development.

Each of the developments were at first turned down for similar reasons, primarily that they did not fit into the Wiltshire Core Strategy or the neighbourhood plan, which are blueprints for planning in the area.

The inspector said in his report that: “There is no adverse impact that significantly and demonstrably outweighs the benefits of providing housing and in particular affordable housing.”

Coun Emma Holton said she felt the plans to build on Lord Lansdowne’s land could be very positive for the town.

“Both of these housing applications have been running simultaneously the whole way through the process,” she said. “I really believe the proposals for Lord Lansdowne’s land are really going to give something back to the town.

“The plans include the offer to build allotments at the bottom of Wenhill Lane, and the town would get back 14 acres of Castlefields too, so that’s really something. The houses are also quality builds.”

Calne’s planning committee originally refused the applications as they did not fit into the core strategy and the neighbourhood plan had not then been put into place, but the planning inspector found a way to fit the proposals into plans already made for housing by 2016.

Coun Caroline Ramsey, who represents Lickhill ward, where the Oxford Road development would be, has commented that Hills’s plans are totally inappropriate for the town, saying: “This was turned down because there are worries that the development would be totally isolated on the edge of town.

“It isn’t near the town centre, isn’t part of any existing community and it doesn’t fit into the strict guidelines of the planning framework.

“It wouldn’t fit in to what anyone wants or needs in Calne.”

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1:31pm Sat 22 Sep 12

Grumpy of Calne. says...

Sounds like another backhander!
Sounds like another backhander! Grumpy of Calne.
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5:03pm Sat 22 Sep 12

PaddyObama says...

Lord Lansdowne's plan approved...there's a surprise! More of England's green and pleasant land disappearing for ever. People of Lilac Way,expect the value of your property
to drop considerably, as your view over the countryside,is replaced by this new
neighbourhood. Thanks a lot, your grace.
Lord Lansdowne's plan approved...there's a surprise! More of England's green and pleasant land disappearing for ever. People of Lilac Way,expect the value of your property to drop considerably, as your view over the countryside,is replaced by this new neighbourhood. Thanks a lot, your grace. PaddyObama
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1:18pm Wed 26 Sep 12

number 6 says...

Lilac Way was green and pleasant land about 20 years ago.
Lilac Way was green and pleasant land about 20 years ago. number 6
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12:09am Thu 27 Sep 12

well oill beef hooked says...

Lansdowne will always get what he wants, just look at the way he has destroyed Derry Hill.
Calne certainly does not need any more houses at the moment it has to catch up.Schools are struggling and shops in Calne need badly updating.Once the new tesco is about it wont be so bad but for now they are crazy even to consider it.
Lansdowne will always get what he wants, just look at the way he has destroyed Derry Hill. Calne certainly does not need any more houses at the moment it has to catch up.Schools are struggling and shops in Calne need badly updating.Once the new tesco is about it wont be so bad but for now they are crazy even to consider it. well oill beef hooked
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9:17am Thu 27 Sep 12

Don Jones says...

Grumpy of Calne. wrote:
Sounds like another backhander!
Are you ever going to have the guts to make any of your paranoid and slanderous accusations in the open?

I think we know the answer.
[quote][p][bold]Grumpy of Calne.[/bold] wrote: Sounds like another backhander![/p][/quote]Are you ever going to have the guts to make any of your paranoid and slanderous accusations in the open? I think we know the answer. Don Jones
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12:27pm Thu 27 Sep 12

Rowdey says...

PaddyObama wrote:
Lord Lansdowne's plan approved...there's a surprise! More of England's green and pleasant land disappearing for ever. People of Lilac Way,expect the value of your property to drop considerably, as your view over the countryside,is replaced by this new neighbourhood. Thanks a lot, your grace.
Paddy - I think you meant "thanks a lot, my lord", He's a marquess not a duke. Personally I prefer the form " Thanks a lot you parasitic blood sucker" but that's just me.
[quote][p][bold]PaddyObama[/bold] wrote: Lord Lansdowne's plan approved...there's a surprise! More of England's green and pleasant land disappearing for ever. People of Lilac Way,expect the value of your property to drop considerably, as your view over the countryside,is replaced by this new neighbourhood. Thanks a lot, your grace.[/p][/quote]Paddy - I think you meant "thanks a lot, my lord", He's a marquess not a duke. Personally I prefer the form " Thanks a lot you parasitic blood sucker" but that's just me. Rowdey
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