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Permission to build 39 retirement apartments in the ground behind 8-13 High Street in Calne has been refused by planners at  Wiltshire  Council.

churchill apartments refusal1The plans put forward by Churchill Retirement Living included 39 retirement apartments, 4 retail units, a guest apartment, communal facililties and parking.

Calne town council development and planning committee, objected to the plans stating 'proposed flats would fail to integrate with the existing town centre along the north and south boundaries of the site, and would not make the most of an the opportunity to enhance the public realm, improve connectivity or support an active community.'

One hundred and thirty six letters of representation were received from Calne residents strongly opposing the development.

Councillors also felt that the development near to the grade II listed Zion Chapel would dominate the town centre and spoil views.

'Calne Our Place' recently conducted a survey which was completed by 477 people, the results of which showed that 87% were against the Churchill Retirement Living plans.

The final decision on the application was filed today, Friday 25th January by the Wiltshire Council as refused.