|Planning Inspector's Conclusion - Harm Outweighed Benefit|
As below, the Inspector independently reached a conclusion that the eastern Westbury Bypass should be refused planning permission as its concept was out of date and the harm which it would have caused to our much loved local landscape was not justified by a minimal actual need for it.
This final conclusion was decided after an Independent Public Planning Inquiry, held in Westbury from June to October 2008, where everyone had a say and all of the evidence was considered.
The Planning Inspector politely summarised the reasons for turning down WC's eastern bypass.
Harm caused by the proposed new road would have outweighed any potential benefit.
Wiltshire County Council ought to have properly considered the same balance of harms to benefits.
The Inspector discounted wildlife and water concerns, but focussed upon adverse effect on landscape.
The inspector commented on the counterproductive visual effects of the proposed banking and gantries.
HGV volume through Westbury is unexceptional, he observed. Delays and journey time unreliability are caused by problems elsewhere, at Yarnbrook & West Ashton (its fix for which too tricky WCC had dumped).
The Bristol / Bath to South Coast Study, the BB2SC study referred to by the Inspector, was issued in 2004.
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