Granham Hill development: ‘Marlborough needs housing available to all age groups’
I shall be re-cycling the letter I wrote opposing the Salisbury Road Development as this reason, which comes from Wiltshire Council, is common to both developments:
- The site will attract elderly people from outside of Marlborough to move in, thus further skewing our already top heavy demography with a predominance of elderly people. I quote from the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment:
“The 2011 mid-year population figures show how Marlborough Community Area compares to averages in England, the South West and Wiltshire, for proportions of total population being under the age of 16 years, of working age and of retirement age and over. In relation to the other 19 community areas, Marlborough Community Area has the fifth lowest percentage of its total population under the age of 15 years, the 10th lowest percentage of its total population being of working age, and the eighth highest percentage of its total population being of retirement age and over.”
- Marlborough continues to have a shortfall in meeting its’ housing need and the site should be refused permission for anything other than housing available to all age groups and preferably with a high ratio of social and low cost housing.