Further Objections To Development East Of Damask Way, Warminster

Monday 16th April 2018:

Further Objections To Development East Of Damask Way.

An Extraordinary Meeting of the Planning Advisory Committee of Warminster Town Council was held on Thursday 12th April 2018 to discuss revised plans for a development at Damask Way, reducing the original plans for 34 dwellings to 28 dwellings. The original application had been vehemently opposed by 62 residents and Warminster Town Council when it was heard on Monday 29th January 2018 and the 63 attendees at the extraordinary meeting reiterated their original concerns.

A video presentation was given by one resident to demonstrate the existing traffic difficulties in the area, which would be exacerbated by increased vehicle numbers. Five more residents spoke on a range of other issues, including the loss of habitat and the fact that the site was not within the settlement boundary. 

It was felt that the original reasons for refusal had not been addressed or resolved in the revised plans, namely: 
(1) the site was not under consideration on the Draft Wiltshire Housing Site Allocation Plan and Revised Settlement Boundaries which had been consulted on in
September 2017; 
(2) the access point to the site would be disastrous; 
(3) the impact on the environment would be detrimental; and (4) there is a highways conflict with pedestrians, cyclists,
horse riders, and residents of the nearby care home.

Warminster Town Council reaffirmed its original objections to the application. It was proposed that the application be refused using all the previous comments that had been sent in, with the addition that the development may cause traffic problems such as traffic generation, access or safety problems. The proposed development will damage the natural environment or will result in significant loss of trees for which tree protection orders are in place and the natural habitat. Any decision about this application should be deferred until after the settlement boundaries have been decided.

The plans had already been called in by the Unitary councillor to be heard at the Western Area Planning Committee (Wiltshire Council).