The following are planning applications, appeals, decisions and more from Wiltshire, recently:

PL/2021/03847: An appeal into rejected retrospective plans for a garden office has been dismissed.

Mr Greenwood of Highbrook, The Fields in Mere was knocked back by the planning inspector in his appeal.

Originally, Mr Greenwood had bid to build a garden room or office at his property.

Refusing the bid, planning officers wrote: “The existing structure is on raised ground, has a comparatively large footprint which results in a shallow pitched roof and a large gable, and is in close proximity to other dwellings, including presenting a long blank wall adjacent the public footpath.

“As a result, the outbuilding appears over-bearing and dominant compared to adjacent residential properties, and interrupts views towards the attractive stone gables of adjacent properties.

“Its stark light coloured timber also contrasts adversely with the local mellow stone.”

The appeal was brought in as Mr Greenwood did not agree with the officers’ conclusion that the office room had an negative impact on the area.

The inspector determined that the building could be seen from the surrounding cottages but not the public footpath. They noted that the building had a substantial “height and spread”.

“In these respects, the appeal building appears to be out of scale as compared to the modest traditional proportions of the host dwelling and other nearby similarly scaled cottages,” they continued.

“Interested parties raise additional objections to the proposal on the grounds of loss of light, noise, loss of privacy and overlooking.

“These are important concerns and I have considered all the evidence and submissions before me.

“However, given my findings in relation to the main issue above, these are not matters which have been critical to my overall decision.”

PL/2021/09696: The council has greenlit plans for a home extension.

Angelica Hunt of 9 Ivy Field, Corsham has won planning permission to build a single-storey rear extension on her home.

20/05761/FUL: A planning appeal to let a Melksham man erect 2m high fence has been dismissed.

Andrew Woodman of 54 Blackmore Road applied to Wiltshire Council to change the use of land to a domestic garden, relocation of boundary fence closest to Gloucester Square access path – as well as put up the timber fence.

Planning officers rejected the bid because: “The proposed development would remove and enclose a parcel of land over which the public have enjoyed unhindered access as a constituent part of the designed estate, and would reduce the width of the public footpath below the minimum acceptable.”

Inspector Cullum Parker said: “I saw during my site inspection that some works, including partial clearing of the site and the erection of a temporary ‘Heras’ style fencing had already taken place.

“These changes have resulted in the removal of an area of grassed landscaping between the previously closed boarded timber fence and the public footpath.

“This removal is at odds with the prevailing pattern of development in the area where there are areas of soft landscaping giving a spacious feel to the overall character of the area and the linkage between the built form and the nearby large areas of public open space.”

Mr Parker dismissed the appeal.

20/10662/FUL: Planning permission has been granted for a further 19 houses as well as layout changes to a 306 house development.

Plans for 300 houses on land at Westbury Sailing Lake on Station Road had already been granted planning consent, but now the developer wished to add six more to the reserved matters.

The applicant, proposed to build 19 dwellings with associated roads, footways, parking, landscaping and drainage.

This application provides an additional six units to that previous consented under outline/reserved matters (300) and proposes a variation in layout for the area subject of the application totalling 306 dwellings.