Hundreds of new homes could be built in Devizes
Up to 900 new homes could be developed in the market town of Devizes in Wiltshire to help meet rapidly growing demand for residential properties.
Many developers are keen to develop a wide selection of new homes along the London Road corridor, including Mactaggart and Mickel, which wants to develop 350 houses on land at Coate Bridge.
Elsewhere, Crown Estates has just applied for planning consent to build 260 new homes at Lay Wood off Horton Road, while the Hills Group recently purchased a tract of agricultural land off Windsor Drive capable of accommodating 200 houses.
Planning inspector Andrew Seaman has already heard from representatives of all these developers.
They all reportedly feel that new homes in Devizes should be market-led and that there is a great need to attract younger people to the town.
The hearings into the Wiltshire Core Strategy - or county local plan - are taking place at the Civic Hall in Trowbridge and evidence into proposed development in the Devizes area was heard last week.
Geoff Winslow of Wiltshire Council told Mr Seaman that the council had accepted representations from local groups, such as the Devizes Community Area Partnership and the Trust for Devizes, that increased traffic congestion along London Road has led to air quality levels at seven town locations being below EU regulations.