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Homes plan approved in Idmiston
A NEW home in a garden in Idmiston has been given planning permission despite the objections of neighbours and the parish council.
Wiltshire Council’s southern area planning committee gave the go-ahead on Thursday for a new five-bedroom house in the grounds of a home in Church Road, which will also be extended to create a six-bedroom dwelling as part of the proposal.
A neighbour objected to the plan, saying it would be overbearing and result in an increase in noise and disturbance, and the parish council said it would be against the Core Strategy objective of limiting new growth in unsustainable locations and agreed it would have an unfair impact on the neighbour.
Idmiston Parish Council chairman Chris Hammer said: “Parish councillors say Idmiston is pretty much developed, with little scope for housing. Where others may see a development site, we see people’s gardens.”
But cllr John Noeken said: “The site is absolutely enormous. There is a considerable amount of land at the back. I don’t think it would be overbearing and there is quite a bit of shielding at the boundary.”
The committee also dismissed concerns about the increase in traffic along Church Road, saying it is used by about 600 cars a day.
“It is an access road for Dstl,” said cllr Noeken. “And there is going to be an increase in numbers at Porton Down – two or three cars are not going to have an effect on that road.”
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