Protests mount against plans for Southwick and North Bradley homes

Protests against plans to build 300 houses on green fields around Trowbridge are mounting.

Trowbridge advisers blew up three bids to build hundreds of houses in the fields around the county town of Wiltshire.

In Southwick, residents have started a petition, signed by around 400 people, opposing Waddeton Park’s plan to build 180 houses near the medieval manor house of Southwick Court.

David Vigar, who represents the Grove neighborhood, told The Times that the fields are located in a floodplain and the petition was sent to MPs and COP26 chairman Alok Sharma by the adviser.

“The commitments made at COP26 to create a climate resilient future ring hollow for the people of Trowbridge when they see plans to build a new estate on fields that are flooded more frequently as the local weather turns wetter “, he added.

“Mr Sharma has rightly said that rapid climate change is ringing alarm bells around the world, but the right way to respond in Trowbridge is not to build where flooding will only get worse. ”

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Government policy requires testing so that floodplains are not built and Cllr Vigar accused the council of performing a flood risk audit where sites are compared county-wide.

The advisor said planning officer Savills said the tests were passed “simply because the site is included in the Wiltshire site allocation plan”.

“So I don’t think it has been proven that there is no site available with less risk of flooding,” he added.

Meanwhile, the town’s deputy mayor Graham Hill is garnering support for another petition protesting the “lack of a common plan” for three sites, including deals at Southwick Court Fields, Upper Studley, to the south from Spring Meadows and the land south of Church Lane.

Approximately 50 houses are planned for each of the Upper Studley and Church Lane sites.

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In 2020, advisers said a government inspector “indicated” there was a need for a blueprint for the tenders.

Cllr Hill said: “As local people know, these three sites are physically linked, including through the Lambrok Stream. They must be considered together.

“In addition, these requests appear to be rushed through.

“External agencies such as the Environment Agency have not been invited to comment on the combined impacts of the above applications despite clear evidence of frequent flooding in the area covered by the three sites.”

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