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Planning Inspector approves Elm Grove allocation

Following the public hearing on Wiltshire Council's Housing Site Allocations Plan (WHSAP) which took place in April 2019, the Government's Inspector has reported back with his interim findings.

While the inspector's interim report contains a number of amendments to the WHSAP, he has indicated support for the Elm Grove allocation to deliver new homes. In his comments, the inspector has recommended that the Queen Elizabeth Field be included within the policy map for Elm Grove to ensure that the proposed development includes improvements to the field, such as improved drainage and maintenance.

Wiltshire Council will now consider the Planning Inspector's interim report and produce a revised draft WHSAP for further consultation. The Planning Inspector will then issue a final report in response to the revised draft WHSAP.

Coulston Estates welcomes the Inspector's findings and we are continuing to work on a revised masterplan for the site now that the requirement for a primary school has been removed by Wiltshire Council (and supported by the Planning Inspector). Our masterplan will include the retention and enhancement of the Queen Elizabeth Field, including improved drainage of the field to make it suitable for year-round use, to form part of a wider area of landscaped open space accessible to all in the community. The landscape proposals within the masterplan will also include extensive green buffers to provide corridors for bats and other wildlife.

We will publish further information on this website, including the new masterplan and other changes since our public consultation earlier this year, before submitting a planning application later in 2019.