I’m not sure who you have been speaking to or what the question was but clearly there can never be certainty about any part of Cherhill or any where else for that matter being expanded in the future. What I can say with certainty though is that the status of what will become the rest of the field will not change if a village hall is built and the Wiltshire core strategy specifically prevents developers from building on sites like that.
Because this point has been raised so often, without any facts or evidence to support it, we asked the planning department for their view. Their reply is below (The CRtBO referred to is the Community Right to Build Order process that we are proposing using as you will have seen in the July Update.)
Quote from Wiltshire Planning Department :-
“You can never say that a site will never be developed but the development of a village hall on the blue site will not make it any more likely that the yellow site will be developed for housing. Refer to policies 1 and 2 of the Core Strategy – Cherhill is designated as a ‘small village’ and it is expected that only a limited amount of development would come forward as infill sites; infill is described in the Core Strategy as the filling of a small gap within the village that is only large enough for not more than a few dwellings, generally only one dwelling. The yellow site could not be described as infill development and therefore would not be in accordance with the Core Strategy.
Exceptions to this approach would be considered if they came via the neighbourhood plan process and if you wanted to, you could authorise small scale housing development for community benefit via the CRtBO route. However, if your proposal for the CRtBO is a new village hall only, this would not lead to housing development on adjoining land as it would not be in accordance with the Core Strategy.”
End of quote.
I hope this makes the situation clear. The core strategy would not allow housing development on that site unless we as a community wanted it and as far as I am aware we don’t. It is certainly not part of our plans and will not be.
At the risk of boring people by repeating myself nothing will happen on the site unless this community wants it to. We are going to do our best to help people make their decision based on fact not rumour.