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Plan for 673 new homes approved
SALISBURY is set to get another 673 houses after a large development was approved.
Wiltshire Council’s strategic planning committee approved plans for houses on land opposite the A345 near Longhedge Cottages, the Grade II listed Longhedge House and Longhedge Farm.
Last Wednesday the committee considered two options and chose the largest, which will provide 673 homes, 2.95ha of employment land, community open space, a new primary school, retail and public open space.
Ian McLennan, Wiltshire councillor for Laverstock and Ford, said the Wiltshire Core Strategy had not protected his parish at all and “if anywhere has been singled out for excessive development in Wiltshire, it is Laverstock and Ford, which includes Hampton Park and Longhedge”. But in a letter to the committee he asked them to approve the larger development to make sure the proper infrastructure is put in place. He said the strategic site allocation is for 450 dwellings with 300 in reserve. “My unwanted but vast experience of development is that unless a complete plan is formulated at the outset, the likely outcome is for subsequent uncontrolled planning and a development where the originally agreed infrastructure is no longer fit for purpose. Half a school, limited green space and recreation are the outcomes for the unexpected, expanded community.”
Cllr McLennan said he and Laverstock & Ford Parish Council had discussed with the developer, Catesby, the larger development over the past year to secure “a comprehensive, resilient infrastructure” and “solve education and recreation injustices at Old Sarum”.
He said he would not wish to see Option B, which is for 425 homes but with fewer facilities, built without Option A as it would be “paying the price of development without the gains”.
The proposal will involve the creation of a new roundabout and junctions off the A345 but Cllr Bill Moss raised concerns about the increased levels of traffic coming onto the A345.
The council received seven responses from members of the public raising concerns about emergency vehicle access, the development destroying views of the countryside, traffic congestion, not providing enough open green space, the need to provide local facilities early on and the need for links with the Old Sarum development.
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