I shall be re-cycling the letter I wrote opposing the Salisbury Road Development as this reason, which comes from Wiltshire Council, is common to both developments:
- The site will attract elderly people from outside of Marlborough to move in, thus further skewing our already top heavy demography with a predominance of elderly people. I quote from the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment:
“The 2011 mid-year population figures show how Marlborough Community Area compares to averages in England, the South West and Wiltshire, for proportions of total population being under the age of 16 years, of working age and of retirement age and over. In relation to the other 19 community areas, Marlborough Community Area has the fifth lowest percentage of its total population under the age of 15 years, the 10th lowest percentage of its total population being of working age, and the eighth highest percentage of its total population being of retirement age and over.”
“Of all Wiltshire’s community areas at mid-year 2011 Marlborough had the 10th highest dependency ratio of 67.79, 6.23 dependency ratio points higher than at Census 2001. Wiltshire’s dependency ratio by comparison only rose by 3.45 between Census 2001 and mid-year 2011. As the ratio increases there is an increased pressure on the economically active part of the population to maintain the welfare of the economically dependent. Marlborough Community Area has a relatively high dependency ratio, an indication of having a more ‘ageing population’ age structure compared to some other community areas in Wiltshire.”
- Marlborough continues to have a shortfall in meeting its’ housing need and the site should be refused permission for anything other than housing available to all age groups and preferably with a high ratio of social and low cost housing.