Parish Council Object to Planning Application in Country Park

In February this year, Wiltshire Council granted Outline Planning Permission to the landowner for the construction of 14 houses at the Yard and Buildings to the rear of Neal Close and Gibbs Close, Hampton Park (ref 16/06690/OUT). This site falls within Castle Hill Country Park.

In October, the developer, Imperial Homes, submitted a Reserved Matters Planning Application (ref PL/2021/09292) setting out details about the properties but omitting key information regarding access to and from the site. Conditions relating to the access were included in the outline planning permission.

At their monthly meeting in October, the Parish Council voted to object to the Reserved Matters Planning application and gave several reasons. In addition, the Council complained about the absence of detail on access. The access conditions relate to the site entrance from Roman Road, the protection of the Country Park and its users both during the construction phase and after completion and the prevention of unauthorised access by vehicles onto the Country Park. The Parish Council is insisting that they must be consulted with by both the developer or their agent and Wiltshire Council before these conditions are discharged.

Full details of the Parish Council’s response to Wiltshire Council can be found on our website at www.laverstock-ford.co.uk

Councillor Nick Baker, Chair of Laverstock and Ford Parish Council said “It is greatly to be regretted that Wiltshire Council has already granted outline planning permission which included access to this site through a much-loved country park. The current application does not provide an opportunity to re-open this decision. Instead, the Parish Council are calling on Wiltshire Council to ensure that developers engage constructively with us and the Land Trust to ensure that before any work starts, there are robust plans in place to protect the safety of park users and ensure that the access road does not encroach on public land. In our response to the development proposals, we are also calling on the developers to ensure that the houses that are built take into account the need to respond to the climate crisis through renewable energy generation and support for electric vehicle charging”.

If you would like to comment on this application, details of the plans and documentation can be found at https://development.wiltshire.gov.uk/pr/s/planning-application/a0i3z000016RaYs/pl202109292

The deadline for comments is 9th November.

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