EV charging points plan for Bull Hotel in Downton

A landmark hotel is hoping to install three electric vehicle charging points.

The Bull Hotel, in The Headlands, Downton, has submitted a planning application to Wiltshire Council for permission to install the points in the car park.

As the building is listed, special permission is needed to make alterations to the site.

The Osprey Charging Network, which has submitted the application on behalf of the hotel, said: “Our proposal will serve to increase footfall at the pub.

“The proposal also represents a vital new piece of infrastructure (rapid EV charging) for local residents, and for visitors.”

They said care has been taken to ‘minimise the impact of the development’, and that the chargers would bring benefits that ‘far outweigh’ the impact of the development.

“The proposed development will have minimal visual impact to the local area, as the chargers and associated infrastructure are limited to 2.3 metres in height,” the application said.

It added: “Further, as all of the equipment is to be located at the opposite side of the site to the listed building, it will not encroach on the sightlines of the building itself.”

The proposed chargers would be installed on the south side of the site, in an existing parking area and would be accessible to customers with reduced mobility.

The scheme will now be assessed by council planners before a decision is made.

For more details, and to comment on the application, log on to and search for application reference PL/2022/06936.

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