An old residential home six miles south of Marlborough is set to be demolished and replaced by 17 new affordable houses recently approved by Wiltshire Council.

The site is located in the village of Burbage and the vacant building on the plot is known as Seymour Court.

The plans were initially submitted to Wiltshire Council in 2022 by Aster Communities, a group that owns and manages over 32,000 homes across Southern England.

Burbage Parish Council objected to the development and the council received a further 40 objections raising concerns over the impact on the surrounding area.

In February 2024, Marlborough News reported that a hundred or so local residents met to discuss their worries, including demolition pollution and noise disturbance for the nearby primary school.

Devizes MP Danny Kruger attended the meeting to show his support for the community.

However, Wiltshire Council found that the proposed development was in accordance with the policies of the county’s development plan.

Aster Communities has now been given the green light to proceed with construction.

The original application stated that the developer had “made a strong commitment to delivering a high-quality scheme on the site.”