An EIA would assess traffic; architectural and archaeological heritage; landscape and the inter-relationship between the two; and any other environmental factors of local importance.
Government guidance is that a developer may make a Scoping Request ‘as soon as a basic minimum of information can be provided about the proposal’. Wiltshire Council have stated they do not require an EIA.
The area proposed by Gleeson covers twice the area presented to the local community during Gleesons ‘public exhibition’ in November 2010 (see map below). Neither the Town Council nor the local community have been consulted on this, either by Gleeson or Wiltshire Council.
The decision by Wiltshire Council leaves Gleeson free to proceed with a planning application on the Filands site.