Designs for the proposed residential development on the site of Marlborough’s former Police Station in George Lane are now able to be viewed digitally with comments welcomed as part of a Public Consultation.
The proposed development comprises twenty four new dwelling units. Two of which will be three-bed houses, whilst the rest are made up of flats – eight two-bed and fourteen one-bed, with significant parking space incorporated into the layout.
Originally scheduled to be viewed in a ‘drop-in’ session on 19 March at the former Police Station, where drawings and artwork of this proposed residential development were to be displayed, the current crisis meant this had to be cancelled so the online consultation process was set up instead.
Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson said: “Despite having to delay due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, it is still really important we give local residents the opportunity to have their say about how the former Marlborough police station site will be used. It is my duty to maximise the value of any excess estate I hold.
“Everyone’s safety comes first, so we have had to adapt how this engagement can happen slightly and move things online. The proposal is an attractive residential development, sensitively designed with high energy efficiency, local materials sourced where possible and improved landscaping. I would encourage local people to take a look and send the team your feedback.
Marlborough Mayor Cllr Mervyn Hall commented that he was “Pleased it is not retirement accommodation”, adding “Interested to confirm it will be 40% affordable homes and how they are being accommodated within the design (this is the main question that I will pose). This will contribute to the identified affordable housing need in the Neighbourhood Plan.”
Originally suggested as a possible site for a new medical centre (see earlier marlborough.news story), once that use was rejected and as Mayor Hall noted “it was inevitable that it would become residential”.
The consultation period closes on Monday 18 May so all responses should be submitted by then to Wiltshire Police at the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org