PLANNING: Here’s what’s happening where you live

THE following planning applications have been decided by Wiltshire Council and the Planing Inspectorate recently.

TROWBRIDGE: Michael Jackson, of Summerleaze, has had his appeal against the refusal of his plans to put up a 1.8m wooden fence dismissed. The fence, which was already installed, was found by the inspector to differ from the application put to the council. The inspector wrote: “I do not consider that this fence offers a desirable precedent, and, in any event, it differs from the proposal before me as it screens a garden area to the side of the house as opposed to a front garden as in the case before me.” Mr Jackson, in his appeal, pointed to nearby flats where “some hedges are unkempt”. The inspector said that this did not offset the harm the fence would bring to the character of the area.

MINETY: The council has refused to grant permission for plans by Ms Meeres of Allspheres Farm, to add an additional floor to the farm dwelling. The refusal said that the scale of the development was not justified based on the essential needs of the farm.

CHIPPENHAM: Mr Murphy of Pantheon West Ltd, has been granted approval with conditions to build five houses on the land between 19 Gladstone Road and 30 Westmead Lane in Chippenham. The conditions state that no development can begin above ground floor slab level until a scheme of hard and soft landscaping has been submitted. Additionally, a Tree Protection Plan must be approved before any works takes place.

CHIPPENHAM: Approval with conditions has been granted to Mr Hart of Challows Lane to install solar panels and an air source pump. The conditions are that no installation will start until a Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accredited installer has demonstrated the Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP) installation will meet the requirements of the MCS Planning Standard.

BRATTON: A plan to build a new house and to remove an existing mobile home and concrete base and a permanent dwelling was refused by Wiltshire Council. Mr Eddington, of Lower Road, had his application turned down on the basis that the project would be an “inappropriate, unsustainable form of development”.

CHAPMANSLADE: A change of use for the land on the south-west side of Black Dog Hill for use by gypsies was refused by the council. The proposal, which would have created two gypsy pitches including mobile homes, touring caravans and dayrooms, was refused due to the increased use of access to the A36 and its impact on highway safety. The officers also said the site is a Special Landscape Area, and were worried about the location not meeting the needs of potential future occupants.

MALMESBURY: Dr Armstrong of Cross Hayes Lane has had an application to replace her wooden conservatory approved on condition the work follows the plans submitted.

MALMESBURY: Mr Cole of Burton Hill, has had his application to remove the internal wall of his home which divides the kitchen and dining area approved with condition it is carried out according to the plans.

GARSDON: Mr Treadaway of Heath Farm, has had his application for extensions and alterations to the outbuildings on the farm approved, on condition that they are not occupied at any time other than as ancillary to the main dwelling.

CALNE: Mr Berry, of Chippenham, has had his application for partial conversion of the White Hart Hotel to provide eight homes, retaining and refurbishing the pub, approved on condition are that no works shall begin until full details on the refurbishment have been submitted, as well as details on the extent of the repointing to be carried out on the brick and stonework.

MARLBOROUGH: Approval with conditions has been granted to Mrs Lemon of Grafton Road, for the conversion of an existing stable barn and garage block into holiday let accommodation. The conditions are that the development is carried out in line with the approved plans, no one should occupy the premise for more than 28 days, that an up-to-date register of anyone who stays is kept and that the removal and disposal of the asbestos cement roof is done by a licensed contractor.

MELKSHAM: Allim Chowdhury of Blackmore Road was given approval with conditions for a single-storey rear extension on 58 Barnwell Road, Melksham. The planning officer said that all development must be carried out in accordance with the approved plans.

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