Old Sarum Airfield planning appeal decided

Old Sarum Airfield planning appeal decided

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 2:31pm 11th July 2019. (Updated at 3:18pm 11th July 2019)

The Planning Inspectorate has been looking into the proposals for 462 houses on the land.

They've now DISMISSED the appeal, and REFUSED planning permission for the scheme.

The Inspectorate was asked to look at the plans by the developers, as Wiltshire Council had put in a 'non-determination' status, because they couldn't decide on the idea.

Old Sarum Airfield Southern Side
The Southern side of Old Sarum Airfield, where the development would be going in

WHAT WAS PLANNED AT OLD SARUM?

The application was to build 462 homes on the side of the Airfield closest to Ford village, as well as a new control tower, visitor centre, and aircraft hangars.

It would also include green spaces, cycle paths and play parks.

Local residents has voiced their opposition to the plans and Wiltshire Council were concerned about the impact on traffic, noise and the effect on a conservation area.

Salisbury Armed Forces Day Parking Old Sarum Airfield
Plans to build more than 460 homes on Old Sarum Airfield have been refused

The Planning Inspectorate agreed that the 'heritage harm' to the area would outweigh any benefits.

Old Sarum Airfield Ltd had argued that the development would be vital to secure the long term future of the area.

Spire FM has asked the developers for a response to the decision.

WILTSHIRE COUNCIL RESPONSE: 

Chairman of Wiltshire Council’s strategic planning committee, Fleur de Rhé-Philipe MBE, said:

"‘We are pleased that the inspector agreed with the council that the proposal is unacceptable and would harm the setting of both Old Sarum and the listed hangars at the airfield and would not preserve or enhance the character or appearance of the Old Sarum Conservation Area.  

“Her dismissal also upholds the council’s view that the proposal is in conflict with the Development Plan.”

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