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The site between Quakers Walk and the Sports Club is once more being proposed for development following the withdrawal of the Merchant Venturers' plans for a Care Village. A company called Smiths Gore are holding an exhibition of its residential plans for the site between 12.30 and 7.30pm on Monday 17th November at Devizes Sports Club on London Road, and we would encourage as many people as possible to visit this and express their views.

As you might expect, Devizes Guardians are opposed to this development for exactly the same reasons that they and the  community objected to previous proposals for this site.

It is NOT included in the Devizes Area Neighbourhood Plan, which is currently out to its final public consultation, and which should be adopted sometime early in 2015. It has already been given significant weight from the Secretary of State, Eric Pickles, in his refusal of the proposed development at Coate Road, so it should have considerable influence when this comes before the Planning Committee. 

However, the strength of opposition to Coate Road by the whole community also featured strongly in Mr Pickles' rejection of the plans, so it is vital that any opposition to this proposal is expressed with equal emphasis and fervour. 

Please attend this event if you possibly can and make sure the developer knows from the start that the community is opposed to the plans.

There is no further information on the Smiths Gore website at the moment, but if you wish to find out more, you can email 

As soon as we have any further detail, it will be posted on this site and emailed to our members.