WITH about 800 new-build properties scheduled for completion to the west of Corsham over the next three years or so, buyers will be spoiled for choice. 
So why would anyone buy one of these homes built a few metres above a working stone mine that’s licensed for extraction of valuable Bath stone until 2042? Or, indeed, who would provide a mortgage or affordable insurance for such a purchase?
If final planning permission is granted by Wiltshire Council, Redrow Homes will be building 150 homes on land to the north of Bath Road adjacent to the western edge of the Pickwick conservation area. 
The foundations of many of these homes will be directly above the operation of heavy duty mining machinery and the voids it will leave. 
Over the last few months Redrow and its associates have failed to provide credible evidence that homes on the site will not be damagingly affected by noise, vibration or subsidence. 
Furthermore, studies by geological engineering experts commissioned by The Pickwick Association have concluded that development on the site is simply not sustainable.