WESTBURY: Planning permission has been granted to build a valeting workshop on Storridge Farm, Storridge Road. The issues surrounding the application were the principle of the development, flood risk, visual impact, impact on neighbour amenity and highways. The Wiltshire Council drainage team originally opposed to the application due to the land being in a flood zone, however more information and assessments were carried out and were accepted. Officers agreed that the application site is to the north-east and south-east of existing commercial and industrial units and therefore the proposed unit would be in keeping with the wider appearance of existing units.

WESTBURY: Planning permission for the change of use of an agricultural building to a work unit and the Potting Shed to tourist accommodation has been refused at Ganders Heath, Farm Lane, Chapmanslade. The main issues with the application were the principle of the development, impact on character and appearance of the area and residential amenity. Chapmanslade Parish Council objected due to it being located in the countryside and outside the Village Building Line, conflicts with previous approvals, no justification to live on site, access, traffic generation and parking. The inspectors report said: “The residential building does not represent a high quality design and is an eyesore to the open countryside, introducing an urbanising effect that harms the rural character and appearance of the area. The access track which serves the site is unsuitable to accommodate the increase in cars and vehicle movements arising from the development proposal.”

CHIPPENHAM: Planning permission was granted to reduce the height of a ash maple leaf tree by 2.5 metres, a bay tree by 1.5 metres, a eucalyptus tree by 2 metres, a variegated maple tree by 2 metres and a beech tree by 2 metres in Pulens Church Road, Luckington. The work shall be carried out and completed within a two year period and the applicant has been told it is an offence to disturb or harm any protected species, or to damage or disturb their habitat or resting place.

BRADFORD ON AVON: An application for a garden cabin to be used as an intervention area for vulnerable children has been granted planning permission at Winsley Church Of England Primary School, Tyning Road Winsley (pictured). The application is for the construction of a single storey timber constructed garden cabin within the school grounds of the primary school which would be used by its pupils. The parish council had raised the concern about the possibility of the school taking in additional pupils, but discussions with the head had confirmed that this would not be the case and that the building would only be used by existing school children. The cabin would be on land belonging to the school next to a mobile classroom. The proposal would also be next to the front car parking area of 2 Whitehorse Road, separated by a distance of 12 metres between the two.

MARLBOROUGH: Plans to demolish commercial and agricultural buildings in Meadow Farm, Jockey Green, Great Bedwyn, and redevelop the land to build five houses have been refused. Great Bedwyn Parish Council objected to the proposal due to the development being outside the village development boundary and it being of a different character to the existing ribbon development along Brook Street. The parish council said: “The proposed development breaks the building line along Brook Street and may provide a precedent for development behind the existing houses on both sides of the road. There is no pavement along Brook Street and even short journeys are likely to be by car particularly if involving children or the elderly. There has also been serious flooding to a property in Frog Lane below this site. The existing use provides cheap space for small local business and the resulting local employment.”

WARMINSTER: Planning permission has been granted to reduce the height of a magnolia tree by 25 per cent in The Knapp, Bradley Lane, Maiden Bradley. No objections were submitted to the proposed works.