A controversial plan to build 100% affordable rented two- and three-bedroom houses, and bungalows for disabled occupants, on a brownfield site in Amesbury was at last given approval by Amesbury Town Council, on October 2, despite a storm of opposition and outrage.
It will now go to Wiltshire Council’s planning committee for decision after being ‘called in’ by Amesbury councillor Robert Yuill.
Although unable to comment fully because the decision is pending, Cllr Yuill, Amesbury East, said: “I am a substitute on the Southern Planning Committee so you can appreciate my position: however, I can confirm I have met with residents of Lydhurst Road who are most affected by the application.”
“Their representations submitted to the (council’s) planning portal give an idea of their objections. The site has been subject to several previous failed applications, two of which were determined by the Planning Inspector. This is the latest. I understand their views, however we do need homes in Amesbury, particularly those that are deemed “affordable” like those in this development.
“I called it in because I believe, with so many objections, it needs to be heard by committee should the officer move to approve the application.”
The application is for the erection of 19 affordable dwellings, creation of access, landscaping, parking and associated works on land at Ringwood Avenue, Amesbury.
Applicant Edward Bizzey, director of Blue Leaf Projects, said: “All we want is a fair representation for this site. We now have both Wiltshire Council’s and Amesbury Town Council’s support.”
“Locals who live adjacent to the site have personally attacked my business, suggesting we are creating a slum: lovely use of language. As the saying goes, everyone supports affordable housing unless it’s next door to them. This scheme will take some of the pressure away from the long list of families waiting on that list and also some much-needed disabled single-story bungalows.”
The plan goes before the committee on November 14.