Bishopstrow villagers angry at support for homes by Warminster town councillors

Mike Perry, front, with Bishopstrow villagers who are angry over support given for plans to build 35 homes on the Spurt Mead watermeadows off Boreham Road

Mike Perry, front, with Bishopstrow villagers who are angry over support given for plans to build 35 homes on the Spurt Mead watermeadows off Boreham Road

First published in Warminster by , Senior reporter for Trowbridge

Frustrated residents in Bishopstrow believe they were let down by Warminster town councillors who voted in favour of a planning application for 35 homes on land off Boreham Road last week.

The surprise decision at the last planning advisory committee meeting saw the council support plans put forward by HPH Commercial Property and Hab Housing which it had previously voted against, with four voting in favour and three against.

The land, known as Spurt Mead locally, was considered for a government-backed Neighbourhood Development Order self-build scheme last year, until the council withdrew its involvement.

Following the collapse of the NDO process, HPH submitted an application for 35 homes, which was originally opposed by the town council, before last week’s u-turn.

Mike Perry, chairman of Bishopstrow Village Meeting, said: “We were all shocked, not just with the decision, but also with the quality of the debate. I have had a load of comments from villagers who thought the argument for was ill thought out.

“One of the arguments I made at the meeting was that this site is one of the last pieces of land between Warminster and Bishopstrow and we want to maintain that separation.

“All the other issues such as flooding and wildlife are very important, but if this goes through it could lead to a domino effect, as it is not in the core strategy and is outside the settlement line.

“People are angry and to get so many villagers from Bishopstrow to go to the meeting was remarkable and just shows how strongly they feel about this application. We feel we have been let down.”

Mr Perry said a proposal for 60 homes in Dorothy Walk was rejected at the meeting for similar reasons to those put forward as reasons for refusing the Boreham Road site.

Nick Parker, chairman of the East Boreham Residents' Action Group, also attended the meeting and said that the discussion on the application was “appalling”.

Mr Parker said: “The arguments against are very clear. It’s outside the settlement area, it is prone to flooding and it is also going against the core strategy. It will bring nothing to the community.

“The councillors who voted for it didn’t explain why they were in favour and why they had changed their mind from previously voting against the proposal.

“The depth of feeling against this development in the community is very high, but these councillors paid no interest to what they wanted. It wasn’t a democratic debate, it was appalling.”

Public comments can be made until January 31, but Cllr Andrew Davis has requested the application go before Wiltshire Council’s Western Area Planning Committee on a date yet to be decided.

Lindsay Holdoway, managing director of HPH, said: “The Wiltshire Core Strategy Inspector has confirmed that each of the three Wiltshire housing areas must take more housing than currently allocated.

“Our proposal will help to address the significant imbalance of housing approved on the western side of Warminster.”

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9:14am Wed 22 Jan 14

liquidsmoke says...

"It will bring nothing to the community". No, but it will bring new homes to people who need them.
"It will bring nothing to the community". No, but it will bring new homes to people who need them. liquidsmoke
  • Score: 3

10:10am Wed 22 Jan 14

frankie007 says...

It's sad how some people who have houses can be so against house being built so that other people can have one as well.s

I got into a crowded lift at Salisbury Hospital a while ago, and everybody was, as usual, bemoaning the car parking charges, when one elderly lady, who obviously already had a house, actually suggested that they should stop building so many houses & create more car parks. Absolute silence followed.
It's sad how some people who have houses can be so against house being built so that other people can have one as well.s I got into a crowded lift at Salisbury Hospital a while ago, and everybody was, as usual, bemoaning the car parking charges, when one elderly lady, who obviously already had a house, actually suggested that they should stop building so many houses & create more car parks. Absolute silence followed. frankie007
  • Score: 2

1:32pm Wed 22 Jan 14

New 2 Trow says...

“The depth of feeling against this development in the community is very high, but these councillors paid no interest to what they wanted. It wasn’t a democratic debate, it was appalling.”

So basically anything other than complete agreement with your point of view is undemocratic Mr Parker?
“The depth of feeling against this development in the community is very high, but these councillors paid no interest to what they wanted. It wasn’t a democratic debate, it was appalling.” So basically anything other than complete agreement with your point of view is undemocratic Mr Parker? New 2 Trow
  • Score: 3

3:29pm Wed 22 Jan 14

frankie007 says...

New 2 Trow wrote:
“The depth of feeling against this development in the community is very high, but these councillors paid no interest to what they wanted. It wasn’t a democratic debate, it was appalling.”

So basically anything other than complete agreement with your point of view is undemocratic Mr Parker?
What about the depth of feeling among the 35 families who will be able to have a house? They don't matter to you, of course.

Well done Mr Parker.
[quote][p][bold]New 2 Trow[/bold] wrote: “The depth of feeling against this development in the community is very high, but these councillors paid no interest to what they wanted. It wasn’t a democratic debate, it was appalling.” So basically anything other than complete agreement with your point of view is undemocratic Mr Parker?[/p][/quote]What about the depth of feeling among the 35 families who will be able to have a house? They don't matter to you, of course. Well done Mr Parker. frankie007
  • Score: -2

8:27pm Wed 22 Jan 14

devilstail says...

frankie007 wrote:
New 2 Trow wrote:
“The depth of feeling against this development in the community is very high, but these councillors paid no interest to what they wanted. It wasn’t a democratic debate, it was appalling.”

So basically anything other than complete agreement with your point of view is undemocratic Mr Parker?
What about the depth of feeling among the 35 families who will be able to have a house? They don't matter to you, of course.

Well done Mr Parker.
Hope they have plenty of money for the House Insurance, dare say the insurance premiums will be pretty high. As they concrete over another natural flood plain.

You can lead someone to education but you can't make them think.
[quote][p][bold]frankie007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]New 2 Trow[/bold] wrote: “The depth of feeling against this development in the community is very high, but these councillors paid no interest to what they wanted. It wasn’t a democratic debate, it was appalling.” So basically anything other than complete agreement with your point of view is undemocratic Mr Parker?[/p][/quote]What about the depth of feeling among the 35 families who will be able to have a house? They don't matter to you, of course. Well done Mr Parker.[/p][/quote]Hope they have plenty of money for the House Insurance, dare say the insurance premiums will be pretty high. As they concrete over another natural flood plain. You can lead someone to education but you can't make them think. devilstail
  • Score: 3

8:51pm Wed 22 Jan 14

New 2 Trow says...

The environment agency would be consulted on probable flooding issues and proper mitigation put in place if it is an official flood risk zone as opposed to just somewhere you might think will flood.
The environment agency would be consulted on probable flooding issues and proper mitigation put in place if it is an official flood risk zone as opposed to just somewhere you might think will flood. New 2 Trow
  • Score: -4

12:33am Thu 23 Jan 14

Mrs Donnyfly says...

It must be awful to have all the oiks from the town living so close to "their" village.
It must be awful to have all the oiks from the town living so close to "their" village. Mrs Donnyfly
  • Score: -3

8:45am Fri 24 Jan 14

frankie007 says...

How about a bail hostel instead?
How about a bail hostel instead? frankie007
  • Score: 1

11:16am Sat 25 Jan 14

devilstail says...

New 2 Trow wrote:
The environment agency would be consulted on probable flooding issues and proper mitigation put in place if it is an official flood risk zone as opposed to just somewhere you might think will flood.
Think the term 'water meadow' is a big give away and also the water flowing onto Boreham Road the other week was another big give away!
[quote][p][bold]New 2 Trow[/bold] wrote: The environment agency would be consulted on probable flooding issues and proper mitigation put in place if it is an official flood risk zone as opposed to just somewhere you might think will flood.[/p][/quote]Think the term 'water meadow' is a big give away and also the water flowing onto Boreham Road the other week was another big give away! devilstail
  • Score: 3

1:26pm Mon 27 Jan 14

New 2 Trow says...

devilstail wrote:
New 2 Trow wrote:
The environment agency would be consulted on probable flooding issues and proper mitigation put in place if it is an official flood risk zone as opposed to just somewhere you might think will flood.
Think the term 'water meadow' is a big give away and also the water flowing onto Boreham Road the other week was another big give away!
None of which means its a flood risk zone as defined by the environment agency just that its was pretty wet last Tuesday (like it was everywhere in the south West).
[quote][p][bold]devilstail[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]New 2 Trow[/bold] wrote: The environment agency would be consulted on probable flooding issues and proper mitigation put in place if it is an official flood risk zone as opposed to just somewhere you might think will flood.[/p][/quote]Think the term 'water meadow' is a big give away and also the water flowing onto Boreham Road the other week was another big give away![/p][/quote]None of which means its a flood risk zone as defined by the environment agency just that its was pretty wet last Tuesday (like it was everywhere in the south West). New 2 Trow
  • Score: 1

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