Crown Estate put their Salisbury Road development area on the market
Now they have secured outline planning permission from Wiltshire Council for a large housing development on the agricultural land they own west of the Salisbury Road, the Crown Estate have put the site on the market.
The sale is being handled by estate agents Savills as an 'Outstanding residential development opportunity'. No price is given, but it is available 'on application'. The details of the sale can be found here.
The most interesting aspect of the Crown Estate's sale strategy is that the site is available as a whole or as two separate lots.
They will sell under a separate contract to a developer the area in the north of the site and close to the Salisbury Road (coloured pink on the map below) that is earmarked for the 60-bed hotel. This has an area of 0.4 hectares (0.96 acres.)
That would leave 13.24 hectares (32.71 acres) for 'up to 175' homes. That number of new homes was reduced from the 220 homes envisaged in the Crown Estate's original plans before they were revised in consultation with Wiltshire Council to lessen the impact of the development on the surrounding countryside and on views from across the town.
The closing date for offers is Friday, 8 July 2016.
Some of the expected traffic problems that will come during construction and with completion of this development are being felt now on the Salisbury Road.
Wiltshire Council have reversed their plans and have made a full traffic lane beside the parked cars outside the homes on the west side of the road. However they are still allowing parking once the road narrows again through the old railway bridge - turning it into a one-way road - with the obvious dangers and traffic queues.