FLOODING, issues with accessibility and an increase in traffic are just some of the reasons why plans for more than 100 homes along Netherhampton Road cannot be supported by the city council.

The proposed development for Harnham, separate to approved plans for 640 properties in the same area, has faced criticism from city councillors since its initial submission to Wiltshire Council.

“Not happy” with the latest development design, submitted by Vistry Homes Limited, Councillor Brian Dalton claims that the new build would cause further traffic, in particular around Harnham Gyratory, and would put more pressure on the River Nadder in an area that already experiences land flooding.

Similar fears were echoed during the council’s planning meeting Monday night, August 2, resulting in the objection of the application.

The new plans are calling for up to 106 dwellings north of the A3094 Netherhampton Road, west of the existing Harnham village and to the north of Harnham Business Park, offering a range of affordable housing, bungalows and flats.

A new primary school, employment space and country park would also be onsite.

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Heard during the planning committee meeting at the Guildhall Monday night, risk of flooding, impact on neighbouring properties, an increase in traffic and no available ecological report were four of the reasons put forward to oppose the application.

The committee also said that a roundabout at the access point to the site, pedestrian and cycle access to the city centre and train station via Broken Bridges and a structural drainage solution should be included in the plans.

The final decision on the application is to be made by Wiltshire Council on September 28.

Cllr Dalton is the second city council member to criticise the latest planning application to the Journal, with Cllr Annie Riddle previously raising concerns about traffic and employment.

To view the application in full click here or search planning number PL/2021/06594 on the Wiltshire Council website.

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