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Old Sarum estate to get shops and community facilities
PEOPLE living at a development on the outskirts of Salisbury are finally set to get the community facilities they have been promised for years.
Outline planning permission for 630 homes plus a community area including shops, a doctors’ surgery and public space at Old Sarum in Laverstock was given outline planning in 2005, and Persimmon Homes has been developing the site phases since 2011.
At a meeting of Wiltshire Council’s southern area planning committee on Thursday, councillors granted detailed planning permission for a local centre, which will include a convenience store that the Co-op has expressed an interest in occupying.
John Wilkinson from the Old Sarum Residents’ Association said: “We are desperate for shops and have been for so long.”
But he added that residents’ support for the plan came with reservations.
Persimmon already has detailed planning permission for 628 homes at the development, but the application considered on Thursday included provision for 30 apartments above the shops and surgery.
Residents said they were willing to accept the apartments in return for the community facilities but wanted a guarantee that the number of homes in the area would not later be increased beyond the 30 being applied for.
The committee heard there are currently no doctors willing to take on a surgery at the site and that people living nearby are concerned it will eventually be used for more homes.
Councillors granted planning permission with a condition requiring a doctors’ surgery, so any change of use would mean a new planning application would have to be made.
Persimmon also submitted a separate planning application for 40 extra homes and more car parking on the estate, which raised objections from local residents and from Laverstock and Ford Parish Council on the grounds there should be no more than 630 homes.
However, the committee heard that the original permission did not specifically set a 630-home limit and that there is no legal reason why the developer cannot then submit more applications at the site.
But cllr Ian McLennan said: “To anyone on the street, if something says 630 it means 630. How can someone do a somersault now and say that 630 can mean anything? I think that is wrong.”
The committee refused permission on the grounds of the extra burden on existing infrastructure and the impact on the surrounding landscape.
• Persimmon has lodged appeals against Wiltshire Council’s refusal of planning permission for three other applications relating to Old Sarum for 69 homes, 22 homes and 35 homes.
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