Site for 350 more houses is tagged in Devizes

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Rick Rowland Rick Rowland

Another housing development on the scale of that proposed by Coate Bridge is being considered for a greenfield site on the edge of Devizes.

The news comes as Wiltshire Council planners propose increasing the number of homes to be built in Devizes by 280 to 2,010 by 2026 as part of Wiltshire’s Core Strategy.

Much of that total has been built or provided for, but land for 412 houses still needs to be found.

Hannick Homes, based in Swindon, and Devizes-based Gaiger Brothers, are promoting agricultural land south of Marshall Road as a potential site for up to 350 homes, the same number proposed for a greenfield site next to Coate Bridge which was refused and goes to a planning inquiry next month. Hannick Homes has asked Devizes town and Roundway parish councils if it can speak to them about their proposal.

Marshall Road is not considered suitable for housing in the draft Devizes Neigh- bourhood Plan as it is outside the settlement framework and greenfield.

Despite this Roundway parish and Devizes town councils are allowing Hannick Homes to address them at future meetings.

Conor Lee, of Hannick Homes, said the site could accommodate the 350 homes estimated by the Neighbour- hood Plan steering group, but it would work with the group to determine how many dwellings would be appropriate. The firm believes the site has advantages over others saying it would have a lower impact on traffic and air quality issues on London Road.

Wiltshire Council has been told to increase the number of houses in its Core Strategy by 5,000. The percentage increase of homes in Devizes is the highest in Wiltshire, at 16.2 per cent, compared to 11.7 per cent across Wiltshire.

Rick Rowland, vice-chairman of Roundway Parish Council, who is involved in drawing up the Devizes Neighbourhood Plan, said: “The steering group are very disappointed that Wiltshire has imposed a 16.2 per cent increase to Devizes’ housing requirements. We feel that is unfair to Devizes as we have congestion, air pollution and infrastructure problems.”

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8:53pm Fri 28 Mar 14

moonraker77 says...

"Conor Lee, of Hannick Homes, said ............The firm believes the site has advantages over others saying it would have a lower impact on traffic and air quality issues on London Road"

This statement is misleading as London Road should not be taken in isolation as it just part of the A361 which runs through the entire length of Devizes. Traffic (westbound to Melksham, Trowbridge etc) from the proposed development will probably join the 361 from the 342 or via a rat run from the 360. This will cause increasing problems with connection and pollution through into New Park Street and until you reach Caen Hill.

Any local resident will know this but I suspect that Wilts Council will not take the trouble to find out.

Devizes infrastructure needs a major overhaul before any further development. Its time that Wilts Council assessed the risks and made central government aware that some serious investment is needed long term.
"Conor Lee, of Hannick Homes, said ............The firm believes the site has advantages over others saying it would have a lower impact on traffic and air quality issues on London Road" This statement is misleading as London Road should not be taken in isolation as it just part of the A361 which runs through the entire length of Devizes. Traffic (westbound to Melksham, Trowbridge etc) from the proposed development will probably join the 361 from the 342 or via a rat run from the 360. This will cause increasing problems with connection and pollution through into New Park Street and until you reach Caen Hill. Any local resident will know this but I suspect that Wilts Council will not take the trouble to find out. Devizes infrastructure needs a major overhaul before any further development. Its time that Wilts Council assessed the risks and made central government aware that some serious investment is needed long term. moonraker77
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9:11pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Fluffy peppa says...

Welcome to Devizes, the tourist place that was known for the canal/beautiful countryside......now known as dumping ground for new builds!!! Devizes renamed to Toytown.
Fancy waiting in traffic queues? Devizes is the answer.
No decent out of town supermarket to feed extra homeowners. Devizes is the place to live.
I could go on, I type these things with a tongue & cheek take.
;)
Welcome to Devizes, the tourist place that was known for the canal/beautiful countryside......now known as dumping ground for new builds!!! Devizes renamed to Toytown. Fancy waiting in traffic queues? Devizes is the answer. No decent out of town supermarket to feed extra homeowners. Devizes is the place to live. I could go on, I type these things with a tongue & cheek take. ;) Fluffy peppa
  • Score: 4

12:57pm Mon 31 Mar 14

brandx says...

So much for Tory Localism when it comes to Planning.
So much for Tory Localism when it comes to Planning. brandx
  • Score: 0

3:35pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Yanziboom says...

Urban motorways and out-of-town shopping mall for Devizes NOW!

That should sort out the congestion and infrastructures concerns and endless resident's planning objections...... no?
Urban motorways and out-of-town shopping mall for Devizes NOW! That should sort out the congestion and infrastructures concerns and endless resident's planning objections...... no? Yanziboom
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