Calne:Approval has been granted to refurbish and alter the existing Port Marsh mill building, officers and store building for Humphrey Feeds Ltd the animal feed company which will take over the site next April. The changes will see new roofing, new cladding, and replacement doors and silos at the site in the Port Marsh Trading estate. Nearby neighbour Martin Daw of Linnet Road wrote to planners to warn that there was increasing volume of noise and smell coming from the site and said if new plans to address these issues he was supportive of the plans. Mark Baker from the same road added that increasing flood lighting was making it hard for his family to sleep.

Froxfield:Action for the Rive Kennet charity has has planning approved to created a Community Wetland. There will be a boardwalk and a dipping platform to get up close and personal to nature. The land is owned by Froxfield Parish Council but will be open for people to use and for the charity to improve water quality. The small ponds and wetland area links to the Froxfield stream which runs into the River Dun. Sarah Owens supported the application and said: “It will be a place of tranquility where village children and adults will all be able to visit, sit and enjoy seeing the wildlife.”

Chilton Foliat: retrospective planning permission for solar panels in 13 Whitelocks Piece, Chilton Foliat has been granted for 13 solar panels on the roof of the large detached home in the village. Solar Panels are used to turn sunlight into energy that can be used to provide power. For an average 2,000 square foot home 12-18 solar panels can provide enough energy to power the whole house.

Marlborough:Sarsen Kennels are getting a refit in Marlborough as underused buildings are set to be transformed into a home, and the grooming parlour is getting larger. The business has been running for over 40 years and offers cattery, dogs kennels and a grooming parlour. Now owners will build a three bedroomed house on the land and the kennels will stop being run. The cattery will continue as well as the grooming parlour.

Chippenham: Alan Hiller has been refused planning permission to turn a BT Repeater Station building at Pew Hill into a one bedroom house. A repeater station transmits and receives telephone signal for two way radio signals. to Previous plans to extend the property were rejected so new plans had been submitted to keep the original building and transform that into the home. Chippenham Town Council objected and two objection letters were sent in including one from John Mitchell who said the changes would over develop the site and modern changes would not be in keeping with the are. Ian and Lynne Fewtrell said the privacy of neighbours would be lost. Officers rejected the application and said: “ The proposal would have an unacceptable impact on the visual amenities and character of the surrounding area. The proposed development does not make adequate car parking provision within the site and would encourage parking on the highway with consequent risk of additional hazards.”

Compton Bassett: Clover Cottage is getting a face lift as its thatch is set to be replaced by Roman clay tiles and concrete tiles. Planning permission has been granted for the roof change at the home. The changes will be made because of the poor condition of the thatch, which has become too heavy for the house. It will also match in with the adjoining semi detached home and an extension put on the property many years ago.

Trowbridge:An extension to a listed building on Haden Road has been refused planning permission. Plans included a single storey side extension but officers said the “unsympathetic” use of blue stone cladding panels for the walls would cause hard to the significance of the listed building. A senior conservation officer said this type of extension was traditional for listed buildings but added: “The cladding would draw attention to the extension as a deleterious addition to the listed building with no respect to the historic character of the building.”