Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Local MP speaks out against plans for Devizes canalside housing development

Devize MP Claire Perry is supporting local people who are opposing plans to build more than 400 houses on land beside the Kennet & Avon Canal near Coate Road Bridge in Devizes.

Devizes MP Claire Perry. Picture by Bob Naylor©
She said: "In my view it’s time we stopped just building houses in Devizes and thought about the jobs and infrastructure we need to support our community.  In Devizes we have seen five large housing developments over the last 10 years, two of which were initially turned down, only to be won on appeal by developers referring to the top-down Regional Spatial Strategy.  

"The result, as we well know, is even more traffic congestion and falling air quality as many new residents 'out-commute'".  

She explained that as an MP she has little influence over local planning but it does not stop her getting involved and she has made her concerns known to Wiltshire Council — and also she has signed the e-petition opposing the development.

The petition can be found at: EPetition

Read the forthright views about the development of canalside resident, cartoonist and photographer Mike Roberts at: Devizes in Danger

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