PLANS have been submitted for an additional 53 homes to be built on land at Old Sarum.

If approved, the plans - submitted by Persimmon Homes - would see 46 new homes and seven new "affordable" apartments built on land to the west of Roger Way, and the change of use of the vacant ground floor unit of the Old Sarum Local Centre (Block C).

Roger Way is situated directly behind (to the east of) Salisbury FC's Raymond McEnhill stadium.

The application says that the land - which is undeveloped - remains vacant since construction and benefits from planning permission for a doctor's surgery.

It also proposes providing 97 car parking spaces. Direct vehicular access is provided from Roger Way which connects to Sherbourne Drive.

Old Sarum, Roger Way, planning application

Old Sarum, Roger Way, planning application

The design and heritage access statement submitted along with the planning application says these proposals will "deliver additional new homes within the civil parish of Salisbury, with a mix of house types and tenures to help satisfy local housing need".

It adds: "The proposals will make effective use of land already identified for development within the established community that is Old Sarum and will have access to all the local amenities in the area."

Area G – the Old Sarum Local Centre was subject to a Reserved Matters consent allowed at appeal on the November 29, 2013.

This consent granted planning permission for three retail units, a doctor’s surgery and 30 apartments (including affordable housing).

The statement adds: "Residential development in this area should respond to its immediate context to ensure proposals fit seamlessly with the existing character and vernacular.

"Proposals should take its cue from the newly built properties at Sherbourne Drive, Roger Way and Bunting Lane."

Roger Way planning application

Roger Way planning application

The Old Sarum Local Centre was split into three distinct ‘Blocks’ (A, B and C). Block C as approved, included space (500 sq m.) for a doctor’s surgery on the ground floor and 14 affordable apartments over the first and second floors, seven units on each.

Block C has been constructed and residential units on the first and second floors are now occupied. It is the vacant ground floor of Block C which is subject to this planning application.

The plans include four 2-bedroom homes and 28 three-bedroom homes under "market housing".

Under "social, affordable or intermediate rent" or affordable home ownership, a mixture of flats and bedrooms are proposed, including four one-bedroom flats.

Housing proposals

Housing proposals

"Constraints" identified with the plans include: loss of future employment land, "permeating noise from the neighbouring football ground on match days", and "a small number of existing trees and their associated root protection areas run along the south-western boundary".

A drop-in public consultation event was held at Salisbury FC on April 3, 2019.

The applicants say there were no objections to the development and concerns were "limited to future amenity in terms of noise and lighting from the adjacent football ground as well as the need to avoid on-street parking".

To read the plans in full, click here. Consultation deadline is July 1.

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