Friday, December 02, 2011

Controversial wharfside development planning appeal refused

An appeal against planning refusal to build a block of apartments beside the Kennet & Avon Canal on Devizes Wharf has been lost.
Picture by Bob Naylor©
Developers McCarthy & Stone to applied to build a block of 39 apartments on the contaminated former gas works site that has been unused since it closed in 1955 but planning inspector David Saul deemed that the height of the proposed development would be too high and he believed it would harm the appearance and character of the wharf area.

Both the Devizes Town Council objection that 13 parking spaces for 39 apartments was too few and the Wadworth Brewery view that the noise from their adjacent barrel yard would disturb residents were rejected by the planning inspector.
McCarthy and Stone's argument that the noise issue could be dealt with by proper insulation was accepted and since the height of the building is the only grounds for refusal objectors fear that the developers will try to get permission for a revised version of the scheme.

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