Mixed Outcomes at Planning Advisory Committee Meeting
Members of Warminster’s Town Council debated a number of planning applications at their meeting on Monday 30th July. They were delighted to recommend support of plans from Webbs Motor Caravans Ltd to construct a four-bay workshop on their site at Crusader Park. Councillor March welcomed this proposal, saying “It is a pleasure to see a Warminster business expanding in these times, and to see the business park being utilized”.
Councillors also considered plans from Coffee#1 for a change in the shop front and for advertising signs. Despite the applications being late in arriving at the Council and the business having already opened, the Members were happy to approve the plans, recognizing that the new premises had smartened up the area considerably and it was beneficial not to have vacant premises in the town centre. However, they took note of public concern over incursions onto the pavement from the tables and chairs, and requested that Wiltshire Council be asked to investigate whether a suitable width of pavement was still available for pedestrians.
Concerns were raised by the public over proposals to build 28 houses on land in Brook Street. They explained that the site is a recognized wetland area and has always been prone to flooding, so it seems ludicrous to consider building such a large development here, especially as previous applications have been turned down on at least three occasions. The Members voted unanimously to recommend rejection of the plans on the basis that the land is renowned for flooding and even if developers take mitigating measures for this development it will only result in further flooding problems in the vicinity. It was requested that the plans be called in by Councillor Humphries for further discussion at Wiltshire Council.