All posts by Steve Siddall

Dawes Pond

The Parish Council recently appealed for sponsors to help towards the cost of restoring Dawes Pond to an amenity that the village can be proud of.  The Council has received a very generous offer from Mr Nick Kirkham of Glove Factory Studios to pay £3750 towards the cost. The Parish Council decided at its last meeting to go ahead with the project, funding the balance of the cost from the Village Development Fund.  A contractor has been selected and the work will be carried out late August/September this year. The delay is in order to cause the minimum disruption to wildlife. The project will re-shape the pond to include a shallow margin area all round for safety.  A buried butyl rubber liner will ensure that there are no leaks and a pump will be installed to top up the level of the pond from the brook. The whole area will be grassed and works to some of the trees will be undertaken. Some new planting of evergreens at the rear of the pond will be made.

Wiltshire Council offer Holt Neighbourhood Plan for Consultation

I a major step forward, the Holt Neighbourhood Plan has entered its final consutation stage.  Details of the consultation may be found at http://consult.wiltshire.gov.uk/portal/spatial_planning/np/holt_np/holt_neighbourhood_plan.  Following this consultation, the comments received will be passed to an independent examiner, to be appointed by Wiltshire Council, who will consider the representations and determine if the plan should be put to a community referendum.  The consultation ends on 28 October 2015.

Wiltshire Council Refuse Development

Wiltshire council have refused permission for the housing development proposed by Gladman Ltd on land off the Melksham Road.  The key reasons for the refusal may be found in the Decision Notice.  The notice also states the following  “As the proposal is in clear conflict with the policies of the up to date development plan,
for the reasons set out above the applicant is advised that the Council believes that any appeal against this decision would have no reasonable prospect of succeeding.  Accordingly, the applicant is advised that if an appeal is submitted the Council will be making an application for a full award of its costs incurred in dealing with the appeal, based on substantive grounds.”  Detailed examination of the application is given in the Planning Officer’s Report.