Final permission granted to Redrow for housing on the Salisbury Road development
Meeting last week, Wiltshire Council's Strategic Planning Committee have given the final go ahead for Redrow's housing element of the Salisbury Road development.
Following Marlborough town councillors' consideration of the latest applications, they were represented at the meeting (September 13) by Councillor Cairns. Wiltshire Councillor Stewart Dobson, who sits on this committee also spoke.
Most of the written objections were about increased traffic and future parking issues that the 167 new homes would bring. Both Councillor Cairns and Councillor Dobson argued strongly for the open space or wildflower meadow to be open to the public.
This space is known as an Ecological Mitigation Area - mitigating the negative effects of roads and housing's on protected species.
Councillor Cairns thought that established ecological groups should be allowed access - taking, where appropriate, groups of people into the area.
Councillor Dobson said that Wiltshire Officers' claims that official planning policies supported a closed area were simply wrong. And he pointed out that maintenance of the area would be paid for by the development's residents.
He called for controlled access with the public restricted to mown pathways with the gates closed at dusk. The Council's Ecological Officer wanted the space closed to protect the wildlife.
After an intervention by the committee chairman, it was agreed that some 'controlled measures' for public access should be adopted - Redrow would have to accept this solution to the problem. But this was not added as a 'planning condition', merely as an 'informative' statement.
There are, however, two very interesting conditions that have been attached to this final permission. The first removes house owners' right to 'permitted development' - building extensions and so on.
They will have to apply for planning permission for all alterations to their homes "...to ensure future alterations do not impact on the residents of neighbouring properties."
The second condition means that the homeowners on the estate will not be able to convert their garages into accommodation - as this would lead to cars being parked on the roads instead of in garages.
There was no interest in Councillor Dobson's suggestion that money should be found to monitor increased air pollution that the development would briong.
Councillor Dobson understands that talks are proceeding between Redrow and a hotel developer and that the new hotel which was included in the outline planning permission obtained by the Crown Estate, will go ahead.
But he asked Wiltshire Council's Strategic Planning Committee: "Can we be assured that this will min fact happen and that we will not be faced in the future with further applications to build more houses at the expense of a hotel?"
The only outstanding decision for Wiltshire Council's planners concerning this development should be a planning application for the design of the hotel.