Developer Mactaggart and Mickel resubmits Coate bridge plan

Rick Rowland, vice-chairman of Roundway Parish Council

Rick Rowland, vice-chairman of Roundway Parish Council

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by , Devizes area senior reporter

Developer Mactaggart and Mickel is trying again to obtain planning permission to build 350 homes on the edge of Devizes.

It was refused permission by Wiltshire Council’s strategic planning committee in September.

Mactaggart and Mickel appealed against the decision and a public inquiry is scheduled for April 8.

But last week the developer resubmitted its application for the site, next to Coate bridge off Windsor Drive. The plan is identical to the first with the exception of some additional material in relation to air quality.

Its agent, RPS, disputes Wiltshire Council’s stance that there is a five-year supply of land for housing and referred to the Government-appointed inspector overseeing the Wiltshire Core Strategy examination saying the county needed 7,000 more homes to be built in the next 12 years.

In a letter with the resubmitted planning application, Christopher Simkins, director of planning and strategy at RPS, said: “Even if there was held to be a five-year supply of housing land, this could not be a basis for refusing planning permission having regard to the policies in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and the other relevant considerations in this case. There is no policy basis for the existence of a five-year supply itself justifying a refusal of permission.

“It is a sustainable scheme that can significantly boost housing supply and in relation to which the NPPF presumption clearly applies on the basis of out of date Development Plan policies.”

Devizes town, Roundway and Bishops Cannings parish councils are all against the application.

Rick Rowland, vice-chairman of Roundway Parish Council, has been involved with drawing up the Devizes Neighbourhood Plan.

He said: “This development is completely superfluous to the needs of the town.

"We are surprised that Mactaggart and Mickel have resubmitted the planning application and consider that they must be uncertain about their success in the appeal.

"We can meet all the housing targets that might be set for Devizes and even if Devizes had to contribute to the 7,000 additional homes, we have sufficient land for that.”

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9:30pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Fluffy peppa says...

These greedy developers should take the hint, and go away!
Devizes is a beautiful town that is steeped in history & popular with tourists locally and all around the world.

The town does not want more development it's becoming a traffic nightmare with tailbacks from one end of Devizes to the other.
We have Willowbrook development with Redrow builders and I feel more and more greenland areas are going and the town cannot cope with the demand of vehicles on the roads.

Devizes is such a beautiful town with what we have as it is, there has to be a time that councilers say that is enough new builds.

Property developers need to look at another town.
These greedy developers should take the hint, and go away! Devizes is a beautiful town that is steeped in history & popular with tourists locally and all around the world. The town does not want more development it's becoming a traffic nightmare with tailbacks from one end of Devizes to the other. We have Willowbrook development with Redrow builders and I feel more and more greenland areas are going and the town cannot cope with the demand of vehicles on the roads. Devizes is such a beautiful town with what we have as it is, there has to be a time that councilers say that is enough new builds. Property developers need to look at another town. Fluffy peppa
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