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December 2017

Consultation end date: Monday 8 January, 2018
17/11189/FUL Land Adjacent 20 Springfield Park Trowbridge Wilts BA14 7HT Change of use from amenity land to domestic land within the curtilage of No. 20 Springfield Park.
Trowbridge Civic Society objects to this application.

First, it goes against the principles for Place Shaping set out in Wiltshire Core Strategy 57. Although the application does not refer to a newly-developed estate, we are of the opinion that the principles of design for place shaping should still apply, and the proposed change of use would adversely affect the distinctive sense of place which has been created here. Moreover, it would hardly 'promote community cohesiveness' (6.129) as by removing an amenity it would adversely affect the situation and outlook which, at present, enhance the pleasantness of the estate, and thus contribute to the pleasure and enjoyment of the occupants. In addition, both the Core Strategy and the NPPF specifically mention the importance of amenity. The NPPF states that developments should 'seek to secure … a good standard of amenity for all existing and future occupants of land and buildings' (17). The Core Strategy, likewise, states that proposed developments should consider the 'impact on the amenities of existing occupants, and ensur(e) that appropriate levels of amenity are achievable within the development itself' (p. 286). This proposal, then, undermines the principles established by the Core Strategy and the NPPF and will harm the character and appearance of the area.

Second, we object to this application because, were it to be approved, it would set a precedent for further transfers of public realm amenities to private ownership, in contrast to the guidance of the NPPF (17). Also, if the curtilage of No. 20 were to be extended beyond its present limit to the hedge that attempts an enclosure, there may be applications in the future for developments which would radically harm the character and appearance of the area. A dangerous precedent to set.

For the reasons above, the Trowbridge Civic Society objects strongly to this application, which should be rejected. The enclosing hedge (planted apparently without permission) should be removed and the amenity restored to its former state.

June 2016

Consultation end date: Friday 22 July, 2016
16/05078/FUL 16 St Thomas Passage Trowbridge BA14 8SE Erection of 6 apartments and associated access works following the demolition of the existing dwelling.
We welcome the way in which the design of this proposed development is in keeping with the context. We are concerned, however, that vehicular exit from the development may constitute a safety hazard as views would be limited (a point recognised in the Transport Statement). We would support the provision of a severe road hump to bring vehicle speeds down to walking pace at the exit.
Decision target date: Friday 22 July, 2016

Consultation end date: Friday 15 July, 2016
16/04978/LBC 54 Castle Street Trowbridge Wiltshire BA14 8AU Removal of modern shop front - replace with facade as originally built. Internal alterations to facilitate change of use from shop to residential.
We support this application, which would enhance the appearance of the group in which the building is located. The window surrounds, however, should be stone rather than rendering, in order to match the original, and the other buildings in the group.
Decision target date: Thursday 21 July, 2016

February 2016

Consultation end date: Not given
16/00547/FUL Land to the West of Drynham Lane and to the East of Eagle Park, Southview Farm Drynham Lane Trowbridge Wiltshire Provision for 120 residential houses comprising a mix of 1,2,3 & 4 bedroom units and associated infrastructure including roads / footpaths, bridge, cycleway, garages and sub-station.
Another development application which may be of interest to members.
Decision target date: Friday 6 May, 2016
Applicant: Wainhomes (South West) Holdings Ltd
Agent: Thrive Architects
Case Officer: Matthew Perks

Consultation end date: Friday 11 March, 2016
16/00672/OUT Land West of Elizabeth Way (Land SW of Hilperton Marsh) Trowbridge Wiltshire Proposed development comprising up to 210 new homes with access from the newly constructed relief road, new open space and associated infrastructure. (Outline application relating to access)
A significant application which should be of interest to members of the Civic Society. The Design and Access Statement contains the main information, and is worth a look. At the recent exhibition of plans (at Fieldways Hotel) it was made clear that the concept of a ‘Hilperton Gap’ has no basis in law.
Decision target date: Friday 6 May, 2016
Applicant: HGT Developments LLP
Agent: Framptons Planning
Case Officer: Jemma Foster