Thin end of the wedge?
Wiltshire Application w/10/03336/FUL (Aroona and Stoke End) submitted 28th February 2011
I wish to respond to the report, concerning the above Application, to be discussed by the Western Area Planning Committee, as follows:-
1. It is, to me, quite ludicrous that the Highways Officer can even suggest that the dropped curbs, in the two proposed redundant driveways in Aroona Church Lane, be raised to full height. How does the Highways Officer propose that cars pass oncoming buses/lorries/vans, in the narrow road area concerned, without (illegally) mounting the pavement?
2. In regard to the proposed driveway from Stoke End to Crowe Lane:-
(a) The proposed change of use, from "countryside" to "domestic curtilage", is of the very greatest concern. There are roads/lanes of all kinds, throughout the county, being used on fields etc by farmers and others without this involving a change of use to "domestic curtilage". Why,therefore, in the case of Stoke End, does the requirement for an elementary driveway road need to involve a change of use to "domestic curtilage"? This could easily be the "thin end of the wedge" towards a subsequent application for planning permission to build houses on what would become an area of "garden" (as has happened so often before, throughout the whole country).
(b) There is an important principle involved here - that the extruding of any household's garden should bear a reasonable and proportionate relationship to the size of house involved. In the case of Stoke End, we are to have an entire field suddenly given over to "garden". We, here, are not only in an area of great natural beauty but also in an area of green belt - which is positively not the same as garden belt.
(comment by neighbour Wiltshire planning portal)