Concerns are rife over plans for 57 homes at Parkfields, near to London Road, in Devizes.

The land, which forms part of Wiltshire Police HQ, is to be sold by the PCC as it has not been used in years.

If their initial plans are successful, the site could be marketed for future developers to create the homes.

David Fellows, who lives near the site said: “We just need them to think of the people that already live here and the impact it would have on us.

“They’re taking away green space across England, not just Wiltshire.”

He added that even the size of pavements surrounding Parkfields would not be able to sustain the new level of traffic.

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Another local resident, Kerry Rose, added: “Right from the beginning, we said this area should be sold or given to the residents. It could be brought back into proper use, and made a green spot. There are great community orchards in places like Bradford on Avon, we could have that here.”

Initially, there had been plans for 73 houses on the site, but this number was reduced to 57 in planning discussions.

Local councillor, and deputy leader of Wiltshire Council, Laura Mayes recently called in the planning application – meaning it will be scrutinised further by council officials.

Mrs Mayes recently met with residents at Parkfields.

She added: “I have called in this to be reviewed under the Eastern Area Planning Committee, where I am hoping it will be refused.”

The decision to sell the site came after Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Wiltshire and Swindon Angus Macpherson reviewed all police sites and associated buildings as part of his Estates Strategy 2017-21.

The green area in question, which is between Parkfields and Quakers Road, is no longer required, and the proceeds of any sale will be invested back into front line staffing and associated facilities.

A spokesman for the Office of the PCC said that concerned residents can lodge their thoughts via Wiltshire Council’s planning portal.

“They will also have the chance to voice their views when the application is heard by the planning committee,” they continued.

“As we are currently in an ongoing planning process, it would be inappropriate for us to comment further at this time.”