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Moredon Bridge ~ time to write

A short while ago, I mentioned the debacle at Moredon Bridge: a developer having obtained permission to build 200 houses on appeal and with a specific veto by the Planning Inspector on developing a nearby field (Bradley's Meadow) has now returned for more.

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Moredon Bridge~ 50 more houses

Bradley's Meadow in the parish of Purton is again under threat as a developer argues that these grasslands are apparently not “worthy of retention”. The developer and Wiltshire Council have not been able to agree the conditions to allow the fifty houses requested by the developer. So, the developer has initiated appeal proceedings. Date to be announced.

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Biodiversity Offsetting ~ is all about trust

Some while ago in the parish of Purton (in Wiltshire) a planning application was received by the planning authority for 200 new homes. At the time, the contiguous parishes and relevant planning authorities felt that the site in question was not the appropriate place for housing and was not supported in the most recent draft housing strategies. The relevant planning authority refused the application and, as is usually the case when significant profits are at risk, the developer went to appeal. This means that a government-approved planning inspector would sit (a bit like a judge) and hear competing evidence and then make a decision. The decision that the planning inspector made was to approve most of the site for development but expressly said that Bradley’s Meadow should be left alone as it was a site having Nature Conservation Importance. The developer went away, built the houses, and then returned to say that the Inspector was wrong and that Bradley’s Meadow was not particularly interesting and should be built upon...

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Dog Fouling ~ it can’t be that difficult

The community area as a whole seems to be having a big problem with dog fouling. The issue was taken to the Area Board in May 2012 and a task group was agreed to be set up to look at ways of dealing with the problem. After 18 months (!) the Area Board now wants your views. There is still a week to respond...

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Restrop Road ~ housing plans

In a word, uninspired. Of course, the site is outside the settlement boundary (which constrains housing development in the countryside around the village itself). You may remember that there was an exhibition some weeks ago. Afterwards, about 40 wrote down comments to which Persimmons Homes has now issued its response and a planning application....

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Parish Plan ~ now available

The much-awaited draft of the parish plan is now available. To review it click on Purton_Parish_Plan_for_comment. Comments are sought on this draft from all parishioners so please do let your views be known. There are just three questions to complete go here. There will be a further chance to comment and to discuss this draft at the exhibition on Saturday, 19 October between 10 am and 3 pm in the Village Hall. This exhibition also provides an opportunity to learn more about the neighbourhood plan and how the parish plan […]

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Plans Galore ~ Exhibition at Village Hall

The parish plan for Purton will shortly be available for comment. A public exhibition has been arranged for Saturday, 19 October in Purton Village Hall starting at 10 am and running until 3 pm. This will be a good opportunity to find out about the parish plan, comment on it and see how it will feed into the neighbourhood plan. Various people will be on hand to discuss and receive comments. Do try to get along for a few minutes.

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