Last ditch attempts are being made to prevent a three story old people’s home being built in Calne town centre.

Wiltshire Council’s northern area planning committee meets in Monkton Park next week (January 29) to decide on a proposal for a three storey development of 39 flats for elderly people.

Around 70 letters objecting to the scheme have been sent to officials ahead of the meeting.

The revised plans from the Churchill group would see the building in the town centre of Calne, between The Pippins and the High Street.

Town Councillor John Boaler is one of those against the scheme.

“We have wanted to improve Calne town centre for years,” he said. “And while we do no object to the idea of homes for the elderly, we just don’t think this is the right spot for this development.”

The land is privately owned, but councillors and local community groups alike want to see the town centre enhanced with more restaurants and amenities.

“I think this development is inappropriate for the site,” said Cllr Boaler.

“And I urge anyone who is against this scheme to come along to the planning meeting to air their views.”