Planning decisions stalled
I noticed a couple of weeks ago that the decision dates have been revised on some of the Persimmon planning applications, round to mid-April rather than mid-March. Those with dates that have already passed have not had decisions published.
I am enormously encouraged by this fact!
I think many people, including the Parish Council, were concerned by the way Persimmon split the applications, giving a false impression of small areas that could be considered in isolation, whereas in fact the whole is important. In particular attempts have been made to trade off areas against each other, such as adjusting affordable housing so one area has none (Area 12) and one has a disproportionately large amount (Area 12).
Recently, the Housing Officer has written to the planners to object to this juggling act, and to make the very reasonable point that affordable housing can mean family homes with three or four bedrooms, not just one-bed flats.
There has also been a slew of protest added to the MOD land application, following the Salisbury City Youth footballers discovering they had been left high and dry with nowhere to train under the new plans. I’m not sure of the rights and wrongs of their case, but I thought the sale of the fields had been agreed a long time ago, and would have expected Salisbury City Football Club to keep users of the fields informed of what was on the cards. Whether it is then their responsibility to provide an alternative I couldn’t say, but I don’t think it is technically an obstacle to the development being agreed. In any event, no decision is yet forthcoming.