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Response to Nexus regarding their proposals for a development south of Hazel Close. (July 2015)

Homes refused partly because of neighbourhood plan preparation

Wiltshire Council has refused a proposed 350-home development on the outskirts of Devizes partly on the grounds that approval would have undermined the neighbourhood plan being prepared for the area.

“To approve an application for a major development of this number of houses in this location at this time would undermine this process,” the council said.

The scheme, proposed by developer Mactaggart and Mickel Homes Ltd, was also rejected on the grounds that the location was beyond the limits of development defined for the town in the Kennet Local Plan. This specified that new development was restricted to “that which is of benefit to the rural economy or the social well-being of the community”.

In addition, the proposals were in conflict with the Draft Wiltshire Core strategy which requires development outside of the limits of development for Devizes to be identified through “community-led planning policy documents including neighbourhood plans”.

Meanwhile, in a separate but related development, the Department for Communities and Local Government has announced a £7.5m funding boost to help councils support neighbourhood planning.

The funding will allow English councils to claim up to £100,000 a year to help their communities start a neighbourhood plan, with an additional £25,000 for plans that pass a successful examination.

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HASTOE put in application for Turners Hill Rd development

13/01146/FUL. Erection of 26 units made up of 12 one and two bedroom flats and 14 units made up of two and three bedroom houses, with associated parking and new road from Turners Hill Road. Comments close 9th May.

Please Visit: http://pa.midsussex.gov.uk/online-applications/ and enter ( 13/01146/FU ) into the search box.

HASTOE development approved despite objections

Hastoe development on the Turners Hill Road has been approved by MSDC despite Worth PC objections and the results of the Neighbourhood Plan survey. Worth PC complained that they had not been consulted as they should have been under policy DP30 of the draft District Plan. Questions were raised about the validity of the supporting justification of housing need and the manipulation of the MSDC Land Availability Assessment in order to make the site seem more acceptable.

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