Warminster Town Council Supports Plans For Bugley Barton Farm And The West Warminster Urban Extension

Wednesday 23rd May 2018:

Warminster Town Council Supports Plans For Bugley Barton Farm And The West Warminster Urban Extension

The Planning Advisory Committee of Warminster Town Council discussed the outline plans for the West Warminster Urban Extension, and the full planning application for Bugley Barton Farm, at its meeting on Monday 21st May 2018.

Cllr Tony Nicklin, as the Chairman of the Spatial Planning Review Working Group (SPRWG), advised members that the group had reviewed both applications and had recommended certain conditions for the committee’s consideration. In relation to Bugley Barton, the conditions were that: the link road between the Bugley Barton estate and the Redrow estate [Tascroft Rise] should be completely linked as part of the first phase of the development and; that none of the properties on the site [Bugley Barton] should be occupied until the school is built. 

Members debated this application at length and reservations were expressed in relation to the provision of schooling. Cllr Denis Brett, as the Chairman of the Kingdown Academy, was unaware that any approach had been made to the school and felt that the lines of communication between the developer and the Kingdown Academy should be clearer. 

Cllr Nicklin proposed no objections to the application, provided that Wiltshire Council Planning Officers take note of the SPRWG conditions and to ensure that the school site is a priority. The members vote was unanimous in favour of this proposal.

In relation to the West Warminster Urban Extension the SPRWG acknowledged that the roundabout on the A36 [Warminster Bypass] from Victoria Road would have some improvements to accommodate the Longleat Hotel [at Tascroft], however, it was felt that these would be insufficient to take the increased traffic from the Warminster West Urban Extension. There were significant safety concerns and the group suggested that traffic lights for the roundabout be considered. In addition the AONB comments regarding roofs and screening for this site were endorsed and concerns were expressed regarding the commercial site which would be surrounded by housing and did not have an adequate separate access. 

Members thanked the SPRWG for their recommendations and the committee debated this outline application at length. Cllr Nicklin proposed no objections to the application provided that Wiltshire Council Planning Officers take note of the comments submitted by the SPRWG. The members vote was unanimous in favour of this proposal.