Revised plan for four new homes in Porton village submitted

A PLAN to demolish two bungalows in Porton and replace them with four new homes has been submitted.

Wiltshire Council has received a planning application to develop the High View and Bonakers Farm site, in Idmiston Road.

The scheme would see the two bungalows demolished and replaced with three four-bedroom and one two-bedroom property.

It comes after a previous application was refused, on the grounds a plan to relocate a dwelling to open countryside could not be justified. That has been changed in the new scheme.

“The existing bungalow is nearing the end of its design life,” the application said. “It is in a very poor state of repair, with damp ingress, inadequate insulation and does not conform to current regulations or expectations for modern living conditions.

“There is no realistic prospect of updating the bungalow to current standards or efficiencies.”

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The application says the development would allow one of the proposed houses to allow the occupier to continue to run Bonakers Farm.

“The redevelopment of High View did not form the reason for the recent refusal,” the plan said. “As such, the development of High View is considered acceptable in principle.

How one of the proposed houses at High View could look. Picture: Wiltshire Council

How one of the proposed houses at High View could look. Picture: Wiltshire Council

“Given the recent decision and the presumption in favour of development of this sustainable site, it is considered this statement needs only to address the previous reasons for refusal.”

The site is described as “sustainable” in the application, as it does not sit in the conservation area, and is linked to the village centre – including primary school and shop – by designated footpaths.

For more details on the plan, and to comment, log on to and search for application reference PL/2023/08067.

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