Wiltshire Council planners approve housing development off Elizabeth Way, Trowbridge

  Posted: 03.12.20 at 18:24 by Matthew McLaughlin Local Democracy Reporter

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A SCHEME to build 165 houses has been approved, despite concerns that it will lead to more building on the Hilperton Gap.

The plans by HGT Developments LLP for land off Elizabeth Way, between the road and homes on the Trowbridge side of the Gap, was given the backing of Wiltshire Council’s Strategic Planning committee on Wednesday.

This bid is one of three different plans for land off Elizabeth Way by HGT Developments LLP, Barratt Homes and Persimmon which could see 423 houses built there.

The officer introducing the plans highlighted Wiltshire’s lack of a five-year land supply, which means that harm must be significant to outweigh the benefits.

Noting the proposed 165 houses with the site’s inclusion in housing allocation and level of affordable housing would not cause significant harm.

Cllr Ernie Clark, who represents Hilperton, asked why the number of total houses on the land is more than 20 per cent higher than that outlined by the council’s strategic housing plan.

Mike Wilmott, head of development management, said the plan shows up to 355 houses were allocated to the land, but each bid must be taken separately. Cllr Clark raised issue with the plans not going first to the area board and it seeming to create a new urban edge.

“This is the problem with outline, we’re only really here for access but all the fine detail comes later,” he said.

Cllr Stuart Dobson said £734,000 in Section 106 cash should go to schools, adding that was no secondary school space in the Trowbridge area.

Mr Wilmott said the schools pressure would be covered through Ashton Park, adding a plan will be out early next year.

An amendment was proposed by Cllr Clark to shorten the proposed 9pm summer curfew to stop workmen being on site was passed, although a new time was not set. Councillors voted 9-1 in favour of the outline plan, Cllr Andrew Bryant voting against the bid and Cllr Clark abstaining.