A planning application by a London registered property developer to build 65 houses on land near Hillworth Road in Devizes is being contested over the damage it would cause to the habitat of cuckoos, buzzards and bats. mouse.
Maria Hoult, the Conservative candidate to fill the vacant Devizes city council post, said: “We just cannot allow this to happen.”
Pearce Planning, acting on behalf of the developers of Shoreditch Square Bay Property Ltd, is applying to Wiltshire Council for a full building permit to build a variety of one to four bedroom homes on a site near Hillworth Road and John Rennie Close, of the land currently used for grazing livestock. .
The late Cllr Ray Parsons, whose recent death left the board seat vacant and meant there would be an election on November 25, was firmly opposed to any development and Ms Hoult carries the torch in her call for the land to be left alone.
She said: “Any development at the bottom of Hillworth Road is completely in the wrong place and needs to be tackled.
“I understand that the area was originally included in the future development area of the neighborhood plan, but I think it was a mistake that we now have the opportunity to correct.
“As a member of the neighborhood plan steering group, I will resist this development because we simply cannot afford to lose more farmland which is such a refuge for wildlife. ”
“We need more affordable housing for young people and it will take development in Devizes, but we need to take a sensible approach as to where it should be and it doesn’t make sense there.
“Once we lose the biodiversity in this region, which has been home to birds and animals for hundreds of years, it will be gone forever. We just cannot allow that to happen ”.
An investigation has identified cuckoos, buzzards, badgers, bats, newts and other wildlife in the area which has been used as farmland for hundreds of years.