The follow planning applications were decided by Wiltshire Council, recently:

Stanton St Bernard: Anne Holland of Forge Cottage, The Street has been granted listed building consent to demolish part of a 70s-built brick extension. This will allow Anne to build a timber framed and glazed “garden room” extension. The work will include turning the existing internal stairs 90 degrees to return the home to its original layout.

Malmesbury: An application to build a statue of King Aethelstan in Birdcage Walk,

Market Cross has been withdrawn by the applicant.

Pewsey: Simon Reeve Dairy House, Dairy Lane, Horton had put in a “prior approval not required” bid with Wiltshire Council to transform offices at 7A High Street into two flats. The council, however, found that prior approval for the bid was not needed for Mr Reeve’s plans.

Clench: Mrs Robson of Tile House has won planning permission to build a pool house and storage building at her property.

Sutton Benger: Planning permission has been denied to Hills Homes Development to build 21 new houses in Sutton Benger. The officers at Wiltshire Council deemed that the bid was outside of any defined settlement boundary in open countryside and was not allocated for housing development.

They said: “The proposal fails to promote a sustainable pattern of development and amounts to new residential development in the open countryside that is not related to the essential need of agriculture, forestry or other rural based enterprise.

“The scale of the proposal exceeds the small scale residential development requirement at the Large Village level.”

In this, officers deemed the bid would result in the urbanisation of the rural setting and cause harm to the character and appearance of the area.

“This together with the scale, mass and density of the scheme including the proximity of the built form to the boundaries, poor design of public areas, lack of space for appropriate landscaping of the site all fail to result in a high quality development in this prominent rural landscape The proposal would therefore fail to accord with Wiltshire Core Strategy,” officers added.

Trowbridge: Ralph Chatfield of Pen Y Cae at 30 Halfway Close has been given the green light for his plans to demolish the detached garage at his property. The approval will allow Mr Chatfield to relocate and rebuild the garage and store with a new hobby room above the roof with a gable to the rear of the structure.

Neston: Mr and Mrs Strickland of Dickens House in Upper Potley have been granted planning permission to build a single-storey rear extension with a roof terrace.

Shrewton: Planning permission has been granted for the construction of a house at Fleming Farm in Homanton. The applicant had sought to demolish an existing dairy building and replace it with a four bedroom house. The house would be designed in a faux-barn style and constructed using black timber cladding.

This, however, is not the first bid for the build as previous applications have been turned down due to the site’s location among other reasons. This is before planning permission was granted to an earlier application.

The planning officer wrote: “The proposed development, by virtue of the site's location in an unsustainable countryside location; the replacement dwelling's size, height, siting and design; and the proposed increased size of the associated residential curtilage, will all result in a more prominent and urbanising development of the site that will have a detrimental impact and lead to the long term erosion of the character and the visual amenities of the special landscape character area and countryside as a whole.”

In their conclusion the officer said that the plans show a suitable replacement for the dwelling already approved on the site.

They added: “The revised scale, design and detail of the current proposals is considered to be appropriate for the site and will no longer result in any detrimental implications for the character of the area; landscape amenities; highway safety; neighbouring amenities; or ecology.

“The previous reason for refusal has therefore been overcome and this application is recommended for permission accordingly.”

Chippenham: Permission has been granted for one sycamore tree to be chopped down at 6 Monkton Hill, due to it causing damage to drains.