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Anger as Hampton Park II developers 'bulldoze on'
DEVELOPERS working on the Hampton Park II development in Salisbury have been accused of breaching regulations and showing “total disregard” for residents as they “bulldoze” on with work at the site.
Barratt Homes has started work on 500 homes at the greenfield site at Bishopdown Farm but furious local councillors and residents say a traffic order that should be in place before work starts has not been approved.
A condition placed on planning permission by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles in 2011 states that development work must not start until off-site works have been completed, including getting a traffic regulation order (TRO) to reduce the speed limit in Pearce Way from 40mph to 30mph approved by Wiltshire Council.
A spokesman for Barratt said the firm is aware the TRO should be in place prior to work starting, and it has submitted its traffic scheme to the council. She added: “We understand that Wiltshire Council is happy with the arrangements and we have not been issued with any notice to stop work.
But Ian McLennan, Wiltshire councillor for Laverstock, Ford and Old Sarum, said the TRO is at the public consultation stage and cannot be approved until that consultation ends on September 16.
“Instead of waiting for the public to have their say, Barratt has gone on site and started work regardless,” he said.
City councillor for St Mark’s and Bishopdown Colin Froude has also raised concerns about earth moving equipment being used to shift soil across a footpath used daily by dog walkers and cyclists.
“They were driving across the footpath, and cut a hole through trees by Green Lane,” he said.
“They’ve put in for an order to close footpath 11, but it takes ten weeks to process. This is all stuff they should have done well in advance.
“They’ve completely ignored the conditions and they’re just bulldozing through. It shows total disregard for the people living there.”
Barratt said appropriate fencing is now in place and an ecologist has been appointed to oversee the work.
A spokesman for Wiltshire Council said: “Planning permission was granted for the development by the Secretary of State in 2011 and Barratt Homes has pre-empted any decision on the conditions by the council.
“Enforcement officers have explained this to the contractors on site and asked them to stop work.
“We have also written to Barratt Homes asking them to stop, and have requested an urgent meeting with them this week.”
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