Councillors in Devizes have shot down plans for hundreds of homes in Devizes.

After being given the thumbs down by Bishops Cannings Parish Council, this week it was the chance for Devizes Town Council to discuss plans for 235 homes on land between Windsor Drive and Coate Road. 

The proposals have already proven unpopular with those already living in the vicinity who fear the development would “decimate” local wildlife.

"This is a totally inappropriate development, being on the edge of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty," said councillor Ian Hopkins, who reminded other town councillors that similar plans for the site had been rejected a number of years ago.

"The traffic congestion it would cause along Windsor drive and along London Road would be extremely serious.

Cllr Richard Ormerod added the greenfield site did not require any size of development at all, in relation to housing requirements in Wiltshire.

He added: "There is a local centre proposed in the development, but apart from that, this substantial housing they will look at will be quite remote from any services and indeed from any employment. 

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"It actually, as the crow flies, is quite close to services and employment in the Barracks area, but there is no proposal to bring a cycle or pedestrian cycle bridge which wold bring for example bring Lidl and B&Q into easy walking distance from this."

If plans are approved, developers the Pegasus Group will build a selection of retail units, a hot food takeaway and a drinking establishment alongside the homes.

Devizes Town Council's objection to the proposal will be communicated with Wiltshire Council - who have the final say on whether to allow the development to go ahead.

Also at this week's meeting, plans for a hot food takeway in the town centre were given a tentative no, for now.