Redcliffe Homes application – deadline 8th November

URGENT: DEADLINE 8 NOVEMBER 2019

Outline Planning Application 19/09366/OUT

Outline application for “Erection of up to 42 No. dwellings and associated landscaping and access work” approval sought for access.

This is a revised outline application replacing one from three years ago (16/12377/OUT) that was withdrawn after many local and other objections. There have been some adjustments but the principle and much of the detail of the proposals remain unchanged, and many of the objections then raised are still valid. The crucial point for Woolley is that whilst the proposed housing is concentrated along Cemetery Lane opposite the Bellway site, the only access is via a proposed road running through the Crown Court field and opening into Woolley Street close to Grange View, as before.

We need as many people from Woolley as possible to object to this renewed application. Objections should be sent to:

  • developmentmanagement@wiltshire.gov.uk
  • Development Services. Wiltshire Council, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge BA14 8JN
  • Brian Elliott (15 Woolley Terrace) has offered to take written submissions to County Hall if you leave them with him by 7 November.

Please: All communications should quote the application number 19/09366/OUT and your full address details and should reach County Hall by Friday 8 November 2019.

The attached list gives the main suggested grounds for objection that you are welcome to use in your own submission. Please comment on the whole application, not just access: if outline permission should be granted it is very difficult to get the detail of the so-called Reserved Matters changed, as we have learned from the Bellway process.

19/09366/OUT: suggested grounds for objection

  1. The proposed site is outside the Bradford on Avon settlement boundary as defined by the BoA Neighbourhood Plan, which thus rules out housing development. The developer claims an exception, saying that Wiltshire Council does not have the nationally required five-year land supply for housing and that there is therefore a ‘presumption of sustainable development’. This is not so, with Council officers confirming that there is indeed a five-year supply and that there is unlikely to be a demand on Bradford on Avon to identify additional sites for housing development.
  2. The Eastern part of the proposed site is defined as Local Green Space in the Neighbourhood Plan, meaning that development is not permitted other than ‘in exceptional circumstances’. Driving a road through the Green Space, plus other work such as the large attenuation basis and other features are certainly development. The developer has not identified any ‘exceptional circumstances’ to justify this.
  3. The proposed development would have a detrimental impact on the rural setting of the Conservation area, open to public view both from the gate and stile at Woolley Street and the public right of way along the Eastern edge of the site. This impact includes proposed damage to the imposing dry-stone walling along Woolley Street and the proposed ‘urbanising’ of the field by means of the cut-through road and other features.
  4. There have been no significant changes to the exit from the approach road into Woolley Street since the previous outline application. The Highways comments on that application described Woolley Street as being of ‘substandard carriageway width to support the unimpeded passage of two-way traffic’. This applies particularly to the built-up section to the West which is effectively single-lane, but also to what is merely a narrow country lane to the East, and leading to the complex and dangerous intersection at Woolley Green. There are already significant traffic hazards on all three sections of Woolley Street and safety for pedestrians, cyclists and motorised traffic can only be compromised further by additional traffic from the proposed development.
  5. The ecological assessment and remedial planning are quite inadequate. The site is home to protected badgers, bats and owls and their well-being have already been impacted badly by the Kingston and Bellway sites. Permitting the proposed development would lead to the creation of an ecological desert in this part of Bradford on Avon.
  6. The developer claims that the previous application had been submitted after a period of ‘community engagement’. There were indeed sporadic attempts on both sides at the time to discuss plans but no full or even adequate consultation. There has been no contact with the local community prior to the submission of the current application.

Conclusion: The proposed development is not needed, would be destructive of ecology and green spaces and is inherently and dangerously unsafe.