Opinion: New Homes Planned for City Outskirts are ‘Bland’ and ‘Horrible’ say Councillors

NEW housing to be built on the outskirts of Salisbury is “bland” and  “poorly designed,” according to councillors. The city planning committee is objecting to the appearance of the 166-home Phase Three of the ongoing St Peter’s Place development, northwest of Fugglestone Red and Bemerton Heath. Persimmon Homes is seeking approval from Wiltshire Council of the layout, scale, appearance and…

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Voice of Business Is the Voice of Common Sense

ANOTHER day, another business warning that the plans to make Salisbury more pedestrian and cycle friendly will cost them a fortune. This time it’s the Cathedral View B&B in Exeter Street, where residents’ parking will make way for a cycle lane. The proprietor reckons it will lose him 50% of his takings. Who drew up these plans? Was it in…

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The Death of One Local Business Will be One Too Many

HUSBANDS do have their uses, and this week mine made a valuable contribution to my inner debate about how to unclog Salisbury’s roads. “You can’t predict the traffic patterns of the future based on what’s happened in the past,” he pointed out, “because after this pandemic people will be working from home more. We hope.” Well, I had got so…

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Yet more legal action over Old Sarum airfield

The operators of Old Sarum Airfield are aggrieved. Again. Having failed to persuade a government inspector and a High Court judge with arguments in favour of their development plans, they’re issuing a writ against Wiltshire Council alleging breach of contract. The council, or at any rate its Salisbury District predecessor, flirted with them and led them on, they complain, and…

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Take the through traffic away!

“I’m talking to my tomatoes,” said my husband, as he prepared breakfast in the lovely tree house where we were spending the weekend. That’ll teach me not to interrupt his concentration. Classic “men can’t multitask” territory! And to be fair, he had brought the tomatoes with us from our greenhouse, where he’s been tending them for several weeks now. Anyway,…

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Harnham Estate Anger

I AM so angry I could scream. It’s bad enough having the massive new Bovis Homes estate next to the cattle market foisted on those of us who live in Harnham, Netherhampton and Quidhampton, with the extra traffic congestion that will ensue from 640 homes (and don’t forget, there’ll be more to come on the other side of Netherhampton Road…

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