SBPC Response to Arms Farm Planning Decision

The Parish Council understands the upset caused by North Wiltshire Planning Authority’s decision on the Arms Farm application 16/04981/OUT.

We think it would be useful to clarify the role of a Parish Council in the planning process. We also wish to state the facts of this particular application.

In all matters of planning and development control the Parish Council is a consultee in the process. This means that we can only follow procedures as outlined in the National Planning Policy Framework.

The Parish Council cannot object to a planning application without due cause. We can only base our decision on issues within the planning application known as “material planning considerations.”

We considered this application at the Parish Council meeting in July 2016. The PC objected to the application and raised what we felt were relevant issues. We also requested that the application be “called in.”

Note about “calling in”:

We can ask our local county councillor, Howard Greenman, to “call in” an application that we consider to be contentious or in need of wider discussion. This means the Northern Area Planning Board Committee will discuss the application further. Representatives from the PC and the parish have a chance to share their views during the meeting.

As a councillor Howard has the authority to decide whether to call in the application. He has access to legal and planning personnel and will discuss the application with them. He can decide to withdraw an application without further consultation with the Parish Council.

The Planning Authority consider the Parish Council’s views when making their decision. Our views are not always relevant in the determination of the planning application. In this case they decided that the reports submitted by experts, such as Highways and Conservation officers, had more relevance than our objections.

The final decision is always made by the Planning Authority, not the Parish Council.

We are also compromised because:

  • The non-adoption of the Wiltshire Plan
  • There is no housing strategy for North Wiltshire
  • The housing allocation for “large villages” such as Sutton Benger is open to question
  • Housing developers continue to ignore the emerging core strategy

We can expect to receive more interest from developers until ratification of the core strategy in December 2016.

We urge you not to lose faith in the planning process. Please continue to engage with the planning authorities and make your own views heard.

This application is for outline planning and it has a long way to go before any building begins. There is currently no developer for the project. Once found, the developer will need to apply for full planning. This will present an opportunity to input into the planning process. We will need ensure that the site, access and houses are appropriate & meet the needs of the village.

Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP)

One of Councillor Greenman’s biggest concerns is the lack of an NDP for Sutton Benger. This makes it easier for developers to continue to encroach on our green field sites.

Please continue to support the NDP team in their work. Even before adoption, the emerging NDP will help us to share what we value as a Parish and influence developers and the planning authorities.

Proposed Planning Developments

The Parish Council have been notified about two potential new housing developments for Sutton Benger. It is early days, but it was felt that the details should be shared with the wider community.

The proposed developments are:

  1. The Stonewater development is to the East of Sharplands and is for 14 houses
  2. The Persimmon Homes development is to the South of the Recreation Ground and is for approx. 60 houses

We have received outline details of both developments – see below.

In both cases you are able to download a zipped file containing the PDF files that the Parish Council has been provided with.

We will update this post, so check back for more news as we receive it.

Stonewater Development Plans

PDF icon Download all plans in PDF format as a single zip file (4.8Mb)

Persimmon Development Plans

PDF icon Download all plans in PDF format as a single zip file (1Mb)

Persimmon Homes Plan

Proposed Employment Development at Chippenham Gateway – Public Consultation

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Following the Councillor briefing in respect of the proposals for the Chippenham Gateway site, letters will be distributed this week notifying residents of the consultation event scheduled to be held on Thursday 8th September 2016 at the Union Chapel in Kington Langley.

This covers the 2km distribution area, which totals 1,693 addresses)savills-logo

Read more…

PDF iconLetter to Parish Council

PDF iconPublic Consultation Notice

PDF iconMap of residents that will receive a notice

Press Release – St. Modwen Acquires Chippenham Gateway

St. Modwen Acquires Chippenham Gateway

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St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, has signed a conditional contract to develop a strategic 79 acre site immediately adjacent to Junction 17 of the M4 near Chippenham that will transform the land into a new region wide serving distribution park.

Subject to planning consent, the site, known as Chippenham Gateway, will provide up to 1,000,000 sq ft of B8 storage and distribution space when complete.

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Planning Application Decisions (20-1-16)

Decisions have been made for the following planning applications:

Land adj. to 9 Church View, Sutton Benger, SN15 4RS
New Dwelling (Revisions to 14/09205/FUL)
Approve with Conditions

Greystones, 43 Chestnut Road, Sutton Benger, SN15 4RP
Proposed Two Storey Side Extension and Detached Garage (Resubmission of Application Reference 15/07392/FUL)
Approve with Conditions

50 High Street, Sutton Benger, SN15 4RJ
30% Crown Reduction and Shape to Yew Tree
No Objection