September planning committee meeting
The weather forecast says cold and rainy for tomorrow, so that seems to mark the official end to summer! OldSarumGirl is settling in well at Old Sarum Primary School, and a new phase of life begins. We haven’t tried out the new little play area outside school yet. To be honest, I’ve heard the people living opposite have had a horrible time with noisy kids in the school holidays, and I feel a bit self conscious about letting mine play in there. It really is awfully close to the houses. It’s a shame to complain though, as it has taken a long time to wring anything like this out of Persimmon.
Some of Persimmon’s planning applications come up before the Wiltshire southern planning committee this evening. I see both are recommended for approval, so I wonder what will really happen? One application is for the shop buildings, which everyone is so desperate for. The other is a small area of housing in the north-east corner of the estate. The only objection to that seems to be the fact that Persimmon have already used up their agreed housing numbers. It kind of sounds like a technicality, until you realise that they have no practical way of compensating for over-populating the estate. They can’t do anything now to improve Sherbourne Drive. It’s completely useless as a bus route, people park on it and builders’ vehicles are still using it every day. More houses will mean even more traffic for the road.
The school could be challenged too. As we live in an older house, we are technically outside the catchment area. This year, there was space for OldSarumGirl so no problem. Another year that might not be the case. I can see it causing a lot of anger if those catchment rules ever start being put into practice. So much has been done to integrate the old and new communities, what a step backward it would be to segregate our children at school. More new houses means more children moving in and being put ahead of established families on the list.
I look forward to hearing the outcome of the planning committee.
*** Do read Wiltshire councillor Ian McLennan’s comment below!***