"WE do not need yet more housing added to the western edges of Salisbury".

That's the view of Wiltshire councillor, Mark McClelland, who is "very disappointed" with the city council's housing plans.

Salisbury City Council launched a consultation on housing development sites for its Neighbourhood Development Plan earlier this week.

This includes the possible redevelopment of Quidhampton Quarry off Wilton Road, which could see up to 400 houses built, turning Brown Street car park into housing, and building affordable housing on Coldharbour Lane.

Cllr McClelland, himself a former Salisbury city councillor, "strongly opposed" the quarry proposal on the grounds it has already been rejected by Wiltshire Council officers.

"The negative transport impacts are significant, and it removes an option for a future bypass of Salisbury," he said.

Posting on Twitter, Cllr McClelland said his views on this had not changed, and that he remains "very disappointed that the city council continues to pursue this course".

"We do not need yet more housing added to the western edges of Salisbury."

"I would urge all Salisbury residents to make sure to take part in the consultation on 11 September and 2 October in the Market Place and make your voices heard," he added.

The Salisbury Neighbourhood Development Planning Steering Group (SNDP SG) have been working since 2019 to bring forward a new set of planning policies for Salisbury to manage and improve the development of the city in future years.

As part of this process, local landowners were asked to put forward sites to be considered for new development, focusing on brownfield sites that can be difficult to develop.

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