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FAQs

We have answered some of your most common questions about the plans for Hindon.

What are you proposing to build?

The application will be to build 31 new dwellings being a mixture of 19 open market 2, 3 and 4-bed houses for sale as well as 12 affordable homes (40% of the total). The affordable homes would be owned and managed by a Housing Association with priority given initially to occupiers from Hindon and adjoining parishes. The application will also include a new Doctors’ Surgery with car parking and room for modest expansion together with approximately 0.67 hectares (1.65 acres) of public open space).

Where are you proposing to build it?

The proposed site is located on the north eastern outskirts of the village off East Street and close to the Chicklade Road. The site is only part of the triangular field that sits between East Street, Chicklade Road and the Ridgeway footpath. Access to the site would come from the existing turning off the main road north east of the Fellowship Club.

How long will it take to build the new development?

If full planning permission is granted, we would expect to make a start on site towards the end of 2022. It is likely that the development would then take about another 18 months to 2 years to complete.

Who is C G Fry & Son Ltd?

C G Fry and Son Limited is a family-owned housebuilder and building contractor based in West Dorset and active across the West Country. C G Fry built the recent scheme on Hindon Lane at Tisbury (Wyndham Place) and also the two schemes off the Shaftesbury Road in Mere (one included rebuilding the Walnut Tree pub and the other is currently on site on the old Hill Brush Company factory site). C G Fry is in contract with the landowners, Stephen and Caroline White, who still own the land. All parties are working closely with the new GP practice partners to deliver the new surgery building.

Who else is involved?

C G Fry has worked closely with Officers from Wiltshire Council and with the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group to make sure that there was sufficient technical evidence to show that the site could be delivered. C G Fry has instructed an experienced team of consultants to advise on a range of matters including:

  • Landscape Impact;
  • Ecology and Biodiversity;
  • Transport, traffic, access, drainage and utilities;
  • Trees and Hedgerows;
  • Archaeology, conservation and heritage; and
  • Ground conditions and geology.

What happens next and what planning process will this development go through?

Once we have concluded the August consultation on the website, we will finalise our plans and present these at a “drop-in” style exhibition to take place in the Village Hall from 2.00pm until 7.30pm on Wednesday 8th September 2021. The intention of this drop-in event is to feed back to the community how we have responded to its views and comments along with policies in the Neighbourhood Plan. Members of C G Fry’s team and the GP Practice will be available to answer questions and address concerns.

All feedback received via the website and at the Village Hall event will be contained in a “Statement of Community Engagement” that will be submitted with the planning application so Wiltshire Council can see what has been said and how we have taken it into account.

The intention is to submit the full detailed planning application itself in late September 2021. The application will be determined by Wiltshire Council having regard to policies in the Neighbourhood Plan and its own policy documents and will carry its own consultation with the Parish Council, near neighbours and other interested parties as it would do with any other planning application. That provides a further opportunity for anyone to make their views known.

What consultation have you undertaken so far?

Your Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group has worked hard to draft the Neighbourhood Plan and it passed its referendum with a significant majority in May 2021. A lot of local consultation was carried out at a number of stages in that process.

C G Fry attended an event in the Fellowship Club as part of that process to explain what was possible on the Chicklade Road/East Street site and that touched on some initial ideas around the location for the surgery, number of houses, extent of public open space and similar matters.

I haven’t heard about these events until now, how have you publicised them?

To date, and to be clear, any local consultation on the Neighbourhood Plan has been carried out by the Steering Group. This is the first time C G Fry has gone “public” on its own proposals for the site separately from the Neighbourhood Plan now that it is “made” (and part of the planning policy framework).

C G Fry hopes that by setting up a simple website to explain the proposals, by sending out a postcard to all household addresses in the village of Hindon and by continuing to liaise with the Steering Group and Parish Council to “spread the word”, as many people as possible will have an opportunity to view and comment on the scheme.

There will be a further opportunity to comment at the 8th September “drop-in” event in the Village Hall and then once the planning application itself is submitted, a last chance to comment directly to Wiltshire Council as part of that formal consideration of the planning application.

What is the purpose of the website and the Village Hall public drop-in on 8th September?

The purpose of our website is to introduce the detailed scheme and seek the community’s views and thoughts on it along with some of the issues that haven’t been finalised (for example, the uses for the public open space land). Comments and feedback are welcomed on any aspect of the design scheme and these comments will be taken into account.

Rather than being a consultation event, the “drop-in” event from 2.00pm to 7.30pm on Wednesday 8th September in the Village Hall is intended to present to the community how the final scheme will look and how feedback has been taken into account (and if not, why not). Whilst that does present another opportunity to comment, the scope to influence things will be much less as a result. However, all views expressed will be captured and reported to Wiltshire Council as part of the Statement of Community Engagement that will be submitted with the planning application.

How can I be involved in the consultation if I don’t have access to the internet and/or am unable to attend the September drop-in event?

There are plenty of ways to get involved and leave feedback. The postcard we have sent to all Hindon households explains who to contact for further information should you not have access to the website and its plans and information. If you are unable to get online or have any questions about the consultation and emerging plans, you can call 01225 667097 or email: hello@cgfryhindon.co.uk.

What are the key features of the development?

The application will comprise:

  • 31 new dwellings in total; a mixture of 19 open market 2, 3 and 4-bed houses for sale as well as 12 affordable homes (40% of the total) managed by a Housing Association;
  • A new Doctors’ Surgery building as a much-needed replacement for the existing premises at the top of High Street delivered and funded directly by the GPs themselves;
  • A substantial area of public open space (0.67 hectares, 1.65 acres); and
  • Substantial financial contributions through a Section 106 Agreement to education provision and Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

In addition to the houses, will there be any community amenities?

Yes. The proposals will include an area of public open space of around 0.67 hectares (1.65 acres) to be handed to the Parish Council on a long lease (probably 99 years) with only a very small “peppercorn” rent.

The team is interested to hear from the community on what it would like to see the open space used for. Our view is that it should be fairly informal comprising things like a community orchard and informal meadow with grassed paths cut through it. Should it include anything else? Should it make provision for older age groups with things like a “trim trail”?

In addition to this, a payment of around £275,000 will be made as Wiltshire Council’s “Community Infrastructure Levy” or CIL along with approximately another £340,000 towards “early years”, primary and secondary education.

What environmental considerations have been given?

We know a lot about the site having carried out ecological survey work and consulted with Wiltshire Council’s ecologist and carried out a Heritage Assessment looking at archaeology and the built environment.

Whilst much of the site is pretty benign from an ecological point of view, the hedgerows are very important for commuting and feeding bats in the wider area associated with the Chilmark Quarries Special Area of Conservation. It will also be necessary to demonstrate to Wiltshire Council that the development delivers “biodiversity net gain” and the reports to be submitted with the planning application will set this out.

The fundamental principle is to maintain and enhance the boundaries of the field and provide new habitats within the scheme such as bat and bird boxes, provision for hedgehog movements, reptile hibernacula and the like.

There are several trees around the site and we have had a specialist arborist look at these and the hedgerows. The design scheme takes into account the various root protection zones and shading zones and trees and the hedgerows will be retained.

Will these new houses increase the risk of flooding?

New development always brings with it a concern about surface water run-off and flooding. Development generally has to show that it manages surface water run-off and does not allow it to leave the site at anything greater than the current greenfield run off rate (plus an uplift for climate change).

In this case, we have carried out an analysis of the ground conditions and ground water monitoring during winter when rainfall and the water table are high. Our evidence suggests that soakaways will work in this chalk environment and so the surface water system will be designed around this knowledge.

What about sewerage and foul drainage?

Through consultation with Wessex Water, we know that the existing treatment works in the village have sufficient capacity for this development.

Won’t all the new houses result in traffic problems?

As part of the process to develop our plans, we have carried out traffic studies and consulted with Wiltshire Council’s highways department. The result of these studies will be summarised in the Transport Statement that will be submitted with the application. We are confident that the local road network can comfortably accommodate the new housing and surgery safely.

What will the houses look like?

Character and design are extremely important elements of the scheme particularly because the site is in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is creating a new “edge” to the village. We considered more modern approaches to design but we have elected to give the scheme design a more traditional feel to improve the edge of Hindon, be in keeping with the village and also make the best of views through to important assets such as the church. Materials and detailing will also be in keeping with the village.

Will each house and the surgery have parking spaces?

The development will include car parking spaces for each dwelling and the surgery that comply with current Wiltshire Council standards. Garages are designed to be truly “usable” with sufficient room for a car and additional storage for things like recycling and wheelie bins.

What are the plans for a surgery and how will you guarantee its delivery? How do we know you won’t just build the houses and leave a hole?

We don’t want a vacant surgery site or hole in our scheme either. This does not make any commercial or design sense.

The GPs have got their funding in place and have appointed architects and project managers to bring the site forward. We are working closely with them to ensure that the housing and surgery are delivered together particularly as they use the same new access road. This brings certainty to all parties including our future purchasers. The planning conditions may well include a trigger by which the surgery site has to be serviced and made available but it is our express intention to deliver the surgery at the same time as the housing.

How will this benefit the local area?

It needs to be remembered that it is a community-led Neighbourhood Plan that identified the need for a modest amount of housing alongside the delivery of a much needed new surgery building to replace the existing sub-standard premises. The Neighbourhood Plan considers open market and affordable housing needs and, following a site selection process, identified this site as able to deliver the requirements.

The area will benefit from new housing that will meet some identified affordable housing needs as well as identified open market housing needs. In addition, the development will result in the early delivery of a brand new Doctors’ Surgery. Financial contributions towards local educational provision and also Community Infrastructure Levy will be secured.

What are you doing about climate change and things like electric vehicle charging?

C G Fry is a “fabric first” housebuilder in that we believe, first and foremost, in the need to build high quality and well insulated buildings. Building a building well and to last tackles most of the energy use problem. We know our specification and here, where there is no mains gas, we will use air source heat pumps. This will exceed the energy use requirements in the upcoming changes to the Building Regulations and also meet the exacting new “Future Homes Standard” that is to be implemented from 2025.

The residential and surgery elements of the scheme will also need a “Travel Plan” designed to encourage occupiers to use the private car less and travel more sustainably. C G Fry also provides upgraded cabling to all garages that will allow home owners to fit whatever vehicle charging connector they need and where there is no garage, we provide ducting from the house to the parking space so that cabling and a connector can be easily fitted according to customer choice.

Why are you building in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where we thought building was restricted?

It is the case in national planning policy that development in AONBs should be restricted. However, it can happen where there is a clear justification and the community-led Neighbourhood Plan identified the need for a modest amount of housing alongside the delivery of a much needed new surgery building to replace the existing sub-standard premises. The Neighbourhood Plan considered possible alternative sites and concluded the Chicklade Road/East Street was the most appropriate site even though it is within the AONB.

The Neighbourhood Plan was subject to independent examination before it went forward to the referendum which it passed in May 2021. We are now delivering that site.