PLANS for a development of up to 830 “new and affordable” homes in Amesbury along with community facilities are being unveiled to the public.

A public event is being held next month to showcase the masterplan for Viney’s Farm.

Woodhouse Developments’ proposal focuses on 113 hectares of land at Viney’s Farm, located southwest of the town beside Salisbury Road (A345), to the east of the boundary of the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site.

The proposals would see up to 830 "new and affordable homes of a range of sizes", including around 180 age-restricted bungalows, a 60-bed care home and convenience food store built. 

Martin Miller, a director of planning and design consultancy at Terence O’Rourke Ltd, said: “Viney’s Farm is very well located to accommodate a new development. We would like to create a vibrant, attractive new neighbourhood with community facilities, next to major public transport links, and within walking and cycling distance of the town centre and other facilities in Amesbury.

“We know that new and affordable homes are needed in Amesbury and across Wiltshire, and that Wiltshire Council is looking for sites that can provide this.

“We want to work with partners and the local community to provide a development that responds to this need and offers facilities and open space for local people to enjoy. Based on our work, we believe our proposals could do this in a way that respects landscape and heritage sensitivities for the long term.”

A local centre including buildings for medical and dental facilities and a children’s nursery also feature in the plans along with a sports facility and 75 ha of green public spaces, including a community orchard.

There would also be a riverside walk, country park and pub beside the River Avon and bridge connection to Bonnymead Park.

A pedestrian and cycle footbridge over the A345 linking with the King’s and Archer’s Gate developments would also be provided as part of the proposals together with new bus stops along the A345.

The proposed development would be served by a new wastewater treatment works.

Mr Miller added: “Viney’s Farm could play an important role in providing the homes and community facilities that the area needs. We look forward to sharing our proposals with the community and hearing their views.”

Residents can find out more during the public event on Tuesday, July 5 at Antrobus House, Salisbury Road, Amesbury, which runs from 3pm to 8.30pm.