Housing march in Devizes

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Protesters are going to march against proposed new housing near Coate Road. Ted East, left, Nigel Carter, Judy Rose, Tony Sedgwick, Alex Miller and Jeff Ody Protesters are going to march against proposed new housing near Coate Road. Ted East, left, Nigel Carter, Judy Rose, Tony Sedgwick, Alex Miller and Jeff Ody

Protestors are to march through the town over revived plans for 250 more homes on land off London Road in Devizes.

Campaigners are furious that the plans for Coate Road are being submitted again by Glasgow developer Mactaggart and Mickel, despite being rejected by the community last year.

A letter sent to residents in the area last week made reference to the change in Government planning policy, which, they said, had led them to decide to submit an application early next year.

This change makes it easier for developers to gain permission for “sustainable” developments, without stipulating what “sustainable” means.

A motion from Ted East, chairman of the Trust for Devizes, gained the unanimous support of the 80 plus people at the Devizes Area Board meeting at the town hall on Monday night in the Assembly Room at the town hall.

It read: “The community condemns the Coalition Government’s apparent abandonment of its plans for localism and the opening of doors to unfettered development regardless of the adverse impacts on the community.

“We already have a health threat from air pollution due to traffic in Devizes and the local medical and other facilities are over-stretched. Further housing developments, beyond those envisaged in the Wiltshire Core Strategy, are likely to finally strangle Devizes.”

The recent appeal against refusal of permission for a care village on land at Quakers Walk rang alarm bells with many in the audience on Monday night. Avon Road resident Judy Rose said: “There is a huge concern that we are going to be swamped by developments from rapacious landowners. The Coate Road plan is back again but there is a vast number of sites in and around Devizes that are ripe for development. The thin end of the wedge has been reached.”

Another local, Jenny Kingsland, referred to the land at Spitalcroft in London Road being developed despite local opinion. She said: “It makes me very angry that people don’t rise up and strangle proposals like this. Please think about it very seriously.”

After the meeting, Tony Sedgwick, chairman of the Devizes Community Area Partnership, revealed plans for the march from Coate Road along London Road and into the town centre next Saturday, December 8.

There will be a rally on the Green at 10.30am followed by a march to Sheep Street where an exhibition of the plans will be on show at Devizes Library.

Mr Sedgwick has asked police for permission. Full details of the route and timings will be in next week’s Gazette & Herald.

Devizes MP Claire Perry said she had great sympathy with the protesters. She said: “I agree that there should be no development on this site and have made that position known, but it is a local matter.

“My understanding is that the local plan is also clear on this point. It is now up to the council to show that the local plan has teeth and I will do what I can to help.”

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11:41am Thu 29 Nov 12

Harold Shand says...

Let's hope a few under-65s are interested. Judging from the picture, I fear not.
Let's hope a few under-65s are interested. Judging from the picture, I fear not. Harold Shand

7:09pm Thu 29 Nov 12

LocalMofo says...

Typical "not in my backyard" type response from the mostly grey haired old folks who no doubt already own homes in Devizes.

As someone who who works locally and is saving the large deposit needed to buy a home I think this development is an excellent idea.
Typical "not in my backyard" type response from the mostly grey haired old folks who no doubt already own homes in Devizes. As someone who who works locally and is saving the large deposit needed to buy a home I think this development is an excellent idea. LocalMofo

7:15pm Thu 29 Nov 12

freddie_W says...

Yet another housing estate, another 3 or 4 hundred cars, Madness.
Yet another housing estate, another 3 or 4 hundred cars, Madness. freddie_W

7:18pm Thu 29 Nov 12

freddie_W says...

LocalMofo wrote:
Typical "not in my backyard" type response from the mostly grey haired old folks who no doubt already own homes in Devizes. As someone who who works locally and is saving the large deposit needed to buy a home I think this development is an excellent idea.
You could always re-locate. Try Penhill the properties are quite affordable.
[quote][p][bold]LocalMofo[/bold] wrote: Typical "not in my backyard" type response from the mostly grey haired old folks who no doubt already own homes in Devizes. As someone who who works locally and is saving the large deposit needed to buy a home I think this development is an excellent idea.[/p][/quote]You could always re-locate. Try Penhill the properties are quite affordable. freddie_W

7:44pm Thu 29 Nov 12

LocalMofo says...

freddie_W wrote:
LocalMofo wrote: Typical "not in my backyard" type response from the mostly grey haired old folks who no doubt already own homes in Devizes. As someone who who works locally and is saving the large deposit needed to buy a home I think this development is an excellent idea.
You could always re-locate. Try Penhill the properties are quite affordable.
No thanks... With the size of my deposit I think I could probably purchase half of Penhill!
[quote][p][bold]freddie_W[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LocalMofo[/bold] wrote: Typical "not in my backyard" type response from the mostly grey haired old folks who no doubt already own homes in Devizes. As someone who who works locally and is saving the large deposit needed to buy a home I think this development is an excellent idea.[/p][/quote]You could always re-locate. Try Penhill the properties are quite affordable.[/p][/quote]No thanks... With the size of my deposit I think I could probably purchase half of Penhill! LocalMofo

8:02pm Thu 29 Nov 12

moonraker77 says...

I don't think anyone can deny that further (and affordable) housing is needed not just here but throughout the country.

Most people will know that the important thing is that the local infrastructure and services need be able to support population growth. At the moment, there is no sign of that happening.

It is quite remarkable that a change in government policy can relax planning regulations and yet this will leave the under-resourced local administration to effectively deal with the consequences.
I don't think anyone can deny that further (and affordable) housing is needed not just here but throughout the country. Most people will know that the important thing is that the local infrastructure and services need be able to support population growth. At the moment, there is no sign of that happening. It is quite remarkable that a change in government policy can relax planning regulations and yet this will leave the under-resourced local administration to effectively deal with the consequences. moonraker77

9:25pm Thu 29 Nov 12

Bottom Of The Barrel says...

Can't see what the problem is. The Coate Road is a significant thoroughfare and already forms part of the outer Devizes ring road anyway. Who needs infrastructure?
Can't see what the problem is. The Coate Road is a significant thoroughfare and already forms part of the outer Devizes ring road anyway. Who needs infrastructure? Bottom Of The Barrel

9:23pm Fri 30 Nov 12

moonraker77 says...

Bottom Of The Barrel wrote:
Can't see what the problem is. The Coate Road is a significant thoroughfare and already forms part of the outer Devizes ring road anyway. Who needs infrastructure?
Are you talking about Devizes, Wiltshire or Devizes in Kansas, USA?.......lol
[quote][p][bold]Bottom Of The Barrel[/bold] wrote: Can't see what the problem is. The Coate Road is a significant thoroughfare and already forms part of the outer Devizes ring road anyway. Who needs infrastructure?[/p][/quote]Are you talking about Devizes, Wiltshire or Devizes in Kansas, USA?.......lol moonraker77

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