Marlborough: The former Marlborough Community Resource Centre on Cheery Orchard in the town will be demolished. The building is owned by Wiltshire Council and officers said the building was being vandalised and “attracting rough sleepers” in its current state. The application was made to make the area safe and has bene given approval. The building and three sheds will be taken down.

Ogbourne St George: Approval has been granted to turn a potting shed at Buckerfields Nursery in Ogbourne St George into accommodation for the gardening centre manager to live in. Permission had already been granted to turn the building into a two bedroomed holiday home but it will now be used by staff.

A small garden area has now been added for the accommodation. No objections were raised to the plans, which have been approved by Wiltshire Council.

Devizes: Devizes School has been given permission to carry out repairs to roofing at the school’s main building, the Grade II listed Southbroom House. The school’s trust described the works as important maintenance to the 18th century building. Repairs will included fixing the pitched roof and lead works, pointing of chimney and parapet walls, replacement of felt, battens, damaged tiles. No objections were raised during the planning process.

Chippenham: A bid to close down Nettleton Post Office has been blocked. Wiltshire Council’s planning policy means that a small business such as a post office or an amenity like a pub cannot become a house until owners have tried to sell the business for at least six months on the open market, to give it the best chance to continue running. The policy aims to protect community services in rural town and villages across the county. Although the bid for a change of use was strongly supported by the parish council, officers disagreed and refused to allow the building be turned into housing.

Warminster: A bid to build a two-storey extension with a single-storey lean-to has been rejected by planning officers for a home on the High Street in Heytesbury, near Warminster. Plans for the changes to the back of the building were not objected to by conservation officers but the two-storey extension was highlighted as a concern because it would cover up the attractive stone gable that contributes to the character of the area. Councillors also felt plans to move the front door on to the new extension would disrupt the characteristic of the line of houses. 1

Chapmanslade: Approval for 43 new homes has been granted in the village. The development will include 12 homes deemed to be affordable, either through cheaper rent or shared ownership schemes. The homes will range from bungalows to four bedroomed houses. Objections were made by numerous villagers who raised concerns about increased traffic that could be caused by more homes. Others added that the village already had several homes on the market for sale and warned builders that the homes would not sell.

Melksham: The former Countrywide store on Bradford Road, pictured left, will be knocked down to make way for a new building for owners Anthony Best Dynamics.

Demolition is planned to take place in July. ABD exports 98 per cent of its manufacturing around the world and has grown from 40 employees in 2012 to over 190 today.

Now that permission has been granted to knock down the building, an application will be made to build the new offices. The firm said: “ABD is on the cusp of becoming a major enterprise, a dedicated manufacturing centre in Melksham is essential in order to make this possible.”

Wilton: Plans have been rejected to allow home owner Andy Price to build a second floor extension at his home in Shaftesbury Road for a home office. Officers ruled that the proposal would ‘negatively impact on the street scene.’ Some neighbours also raised concerns that the extension would block out sunlight in to their homes.