PLANNING permission has been granted for 27 new affordable homes on the site of a former coach depot in Ludgershall.

The application sought full planning permission for the site at Parnham Coaches, in Andover Road, which includes the demolition of the former coach depot buildings. The application was submitted on behalf of Stonewater Housing by planning and design consultancy Nash Partnership.

The redevelopment proposal raised a range of planning issues, including access, groundwater flood risk, ecological impacts from nitrates discharge, urban design and noise from adjacent ventilation and extraction equipment.

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Andover Advertiser: Plans for 27 new homes on the former site of Parnham Coaches in Ludgershall are approvedTo address these challenges, Nash Partnership worked closely with a range of consultants including Thrive Architects and Cole Easdon, and with Wiltshire Council officers to discuss, negotiate and resolve the issues. Some matters will be addressed through planning obligations secured by a S106 Agreement and the approval decision is subject to completion of this.

Nash Partnership associate planner Alison Lugsden said: “The Parnham Coaches site is in a highly sustainable location in the centre of Ludgershall. The development of 27 new homes will create a well-designed form of development, appropriate to its context, to enable this unused land to help meet local housing need and contribute to the health and vitality of the town centre. It is a development very much in line with the overarching purpose of the planning system in helping to achieve sustainable development.”

Alison continued: “The application process has been running since spring 2020, which is testament to the difficulty of getting this proposal through the planning system. We are pleased to have brought the application to a successful conclusion and look forward to seeing the scheme take shape.” 

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Peter Crouch, head of development (South West) at Stonewater, added: “We’re thrilled to be working with Nash Partnership to create these much needed affordable and sustainable homes in Ludgershall.

“At Stonewater, we’re committed to providing good quality homes that enable communities to thrive and at this scheme will be looking to incorporate features such as renewable energy and heating systems and electric vehicle charging points, which will help customers with lower energy bills.”

Stonewater will now focus on progressing the development to the construction stage and provision of the new homes.