Chance to comment on Crown Estate plan for nearly 300 Devizes homes (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
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Chance to comment on Crown Estate plan for nearly 300 Devizes homes
12:10am Thursday 9th May 2013 in News
A BID to build 250 to 280 new homes near Devizes can be commented on during a consultation exercise next week.
The Crown Estate wants to build what would include affordable houses on agricultural land it owns next to Lay Wood, off Horton Road, in Bishops Cannings.
It says its scheme includes traffic improvements, would help create jobs in the area, improve part of the Kennet and Avon Canal and contribute to local services and infrastructure.
The site is part of the Crown Estate’s 4,000 hectare Devizes estate.
Amec, environmental consultants for the Crown Estate, has already called on Wiltshire Council to delay making a decision over a controversial application by rival developer Mactaggart and Mickel, which wants to build 350 homes at Coate Bridge, off London Road, Devizes.
Mactaggart and Mickel submitted its application at the end of January and Neil Hall, of Amec, has told Wiltshire Council in a letter that the Crown Estate intends to submit a planning application for the Lay Wood site in June.
Steve Melligan, strategic land manager of the Crown Estate, said: "Our proposals provide an alternative to other recent housing plans, offer many benefits in helping to meet future housing in the area, and seek to tackle a number of issues already highlighted to us by local councils and other local bodies."
Mactaggart and Mickel has said that as no planning application has been made by the Crown Estate yet it cannot comment
Wiltshire Council has said the council was considering Amec’s letter and has asked for further information.
The consultation events are on Friday, May 17, at The Hourglass, Horton Avenue, from 3-8pm and on Saturday, May 18, at Devizes Town Hall, St John Street, from 10am-2pm.
The plans will also be available at www.landbylaywood-devizes.co.uk from May 17.
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