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Housing Development in Pirton Village since 1870

After Christmas, the independent planning consultant, Alex Munroe, advising the Pirton Neighbourhood Development Plan Steering Group, asked for a more detailed review and analysis of the history of housing development in the village for the draft Character Assessment accompanying the draft Neighbourhood Plan. As the SG member drafting the Character Assessment, I've now completed this task with revealing results.

Since 1870, the nine largest developments in Pirton have been, in chronological order, the terrace of 12 dwellings in Holwell Road known as 'The Twelve Apostles', built in the 1870s; Davis Crescent, 30 dwellings in 1920; Danefield Road, 29 dwellings between about 1947 and 1953; Pollards Way, 14 dwellings in the same period; Cromwell Way/Bunyan Close, 35 dwellings completed 1965; Bunyan Close, 20 dwellings in 1970; Coleman's Close, 17 dwellings in about 1998; Elm Tree Farm Close, 12 dwellings completed about 2006; and Baulk Gardens, 11 dwellings completed 2015.

Looking at all developments of more than 2 dwellings since 1870, the average number of dwellings per development is about 11.5. If all the single dwellings were included, the average would be considerably less. Since 1965, again excluding single dwellings, the average per development is about 9.

Bearing this in mind, the recent decision by NHDC to grant outline planning permission for up to 82 dwellings on land adjacent to Elm Tree Farm seems somewhat at odds with the history and character of development in our village, just as many objectors wrote. Of course, another large development is waiting in the wings at Prior's Hill with the outline application for 77 houses pending.