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Last week, the Devizes Guardians Vice-Chairman, Andy Geddes, was one of the first to receive notification that Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for the Department of Communities and Local Government, had refused planning permission to Mactaggart and Mickel for 350 houses on the Coate Road site.

This has been a long fight which we were not hopeful of winning, so the whole community was, of course, delighted at these news, especially those of us who had worked on the Devizes Area Neighbourhood Plan. Mr Pickles cited the advanced stage of the Neighbourhood Plan and the Wiltshire Core Strategy in many of his reasons for refusal, thus setting a formidable precedent against which to measure any future planning applications.

The Neighbourhood Plan is currently out to its final consultation under Section 16 of the Localism Act. A Planning Inspector, chosen by Wiltshire Council, will then examine it, and if he/she is satisfied, it will then be put out to a community referendum, hopefully at some point in the early part of 2015. If it is successfully supported, it will then be adopted, and will have full and significant weight in relation to planning decisions within the designated area.

It is very important that as many people as possible give their views on it before the consultation closes on Thursday 27th November. You can do so online at, or at the following places:

Devizes Library
Sheep Street
SN10 1DL

Crossmolina Buildings
Snuff Street
SN10 1FG

County Hall, Trowbridge
Bythesea Road 
BA14 8JN