The public consultation on planning application 20/00379/OUT has been extended.
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Precise dates have not yet been decided but we have been told the period of consultation will now close in the middle of March. This is not over yet.
Case officer for application 20/00379/OUT, Ruaridh O’Donoghue, told us that there have been many comments on this proposal; he said most of them are objections but some of those objections will have to be discounted.
The matter of whether there should be any houses built on the green space between Trowbridge and Southwick has already been settled by the Wiltshire Housing Site Allocation Plan. The planning department is not listening if all you want to say is that there should be no building at all in the fields north of Southwick Court; the time for that protest is long gone.
But we can use our objections to application 20/00379/OUT to shape the development; we can raise valid issues about the access road, the Lambrok, the hedges, the density of the houses, the landscape and biodiversity. We can suggest solutions to the obvious problems that developers are going to have with bats, flood plains, Local Nature Reserves and UK BAP Priority Species.
We can begin by saying that permission should not be granted for this build until Inspector Stephen Lee’s demand for a coordinated plan for the biodiversity of Lambrok corridor, in conjunction with the developers at the Church Lane and Upper Studley sites, has been met.
Make your objection count!
More about this planning application:
Planning application 20/99379/OUT
Waddeton Park Ltd have applied for permission to build 180 houses in the fields north of Southwick Court.
More on planning application 20/00379/OUT
A look at the Ecological Survey and Report submitted with this application