Calne traffic concerns at 150-home plan

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: From left, residents Frances Snell, Carol Porteous and Michael Bright look at the plans From left, residents Frances Snell, Carol Porteous and Michael Bright look at the plans

Plans to build 150 houses on land off Prince Charles Drive in Calne have led to concerns about increased traffic, a loss of green space and local infrastructure.

A public exhibition of plans for the land, owned by Robert Hitchins, was held at an exhibition at Priestley School on Tuesday.

The site lies at the edge of a large housing estate, which includes homes owned by GreenSquare and private housing, and there is only one access point off Oxford Road.

Tony Trotman, town councillor for the Calne Chilvester and Abberd Ward, said the best solution would be an eastern bypass linking the estate with Sandpit Road.

He said: “Other applications that are in at the moment have access to Sandpit Lane and don’t affect the movement of traffic as much as this will.

“We’ve had two accidents over the last few years at the Honeymead junction with children running into that road. If this application goes forward there will be substantial money required for highways improvements.”

The exhibition, held by the Pegasus Group on behalf of Robert Hitchins Limited, gave no information on the size of the site to be built on or the type of houses.

A Pegasus Group spokesman said any future development would take into account feedback from the public exhibition and would include an element of affordable housing.

Former Calne mayor Roy Golding lives on Abberd Way and said he was worried about increased traffic on Prince Charles Drive after several accidents, adding emergency vehicles already had difficulty gaining access.

Carol Porteous, of Heron Close, said: “We don’t want it, it’s as simple as that. There’s only this school at the end of town. You’re waiting three to four weeks to get a doctor’s appointment now.”

A spokesman for the developers said: “The public consultation was very helpful and has identified issues which are important to the local community.”

To give any comments on the application, email calne@pegasuspg.co.uk

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