In 2007 a feasibility study was undertaken that identified the potential of agricultural land at Kingston Farm to accommodate Bradford on Avon’s the growth in employment and housing needs over the plan period (until 2026). An extensive process of engagement with the local community led to the land’s allocation as a strategic site in Wiltshire Council’s Core Strategy.
In response to the desire to promote an exemplary development, the first phase of the scheme, comprising a standalone solar PV array extending to 15ha, was secured in 2011. In response to changes to Feed-in-Tariff rates announced by the Government mid-application, the decision-making process was fast-tracked by Wiltshire Council. The 5MW solar PV array was successfully installed in October 2012.
PlanningSphere secured planning permission for CG Fry and Sons for a scheme of 138 houses and new replacement factory for Anthony Best Dynamics, plus additional employment space which is now owned by Ashford Homes and the Doric Group. The urban extension scheme is now substantially complete.