Controversial plans for 350 new homes and primary school in North Swindon

Residents looking at previous plans for Abbey Farm

Residents looking at previous plans for Abbey Farm

First published in News

AN OUTLINE planning application for up to 350 new homes, primary school, recreation area and small convenience store has been submitted for land at Abbey Farm.

The proposal earmarks land at Lady Lane, Blunsdon St Andrew and was the subject of a community consultation last July.

Since then, the plans, submitted by DPDS Consulting Gorup have been amended.
The application has been prepared and submitted on behalf of the landowners.

DPDS Group Managing Director, Les Durrant, said: “The planning application follows discussions with Swindon Council and a public exhibition during July 2013, which has helped us in refining and improving our application proposals. 

"Consultation with Swindon Council has confirmed the need and aspiration for a site to build an additional primary school to serve North Swindon.  Although the Abbey Farm scheme is not of sufficient population in itself to warrant provision of a school, the modified application proposals include a suitable site that is being made available to serve both the proposed Abbey Farm development and surrounding communities.

“Abbey Farm is being bought forward as a smaller scale urban extension which we believe can be developed into a residential neighbourhood of outstanding quality.  As well as the provision of land suitable for a primary school, our development proposals for Abbey Farm would create 350 well designed, attractive homes that are laid out to create a distinctive, high quality residential neighbourhood with a ‘garden suburb’ character. 

"A small, centrally located local  shop will provide convenience shopping for new residents.”

The application also provides for up to 30 per cent of the new housing to be affordable homes.
The planning application will be subject to a period of consultation by Swindon Council before the application is determined.

The proposals will be available for viewing on Swindon Council’s website reference number S/OUT/14/0080.

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8:31am Tue 21 Jan 14

swindondad says...

‘garden suburb’ well at least they are not trying to call it a "village".
‘garden suburb’ well at least they are not trying to call it a "village". swindondad
  • Score: 6

8:56am Tue 21 Jan 14

The Witch says...

'Garden suburb' what does this mean? Green spaces with well tended gardens stocked with pretty flowers and flowering shrubs for the residents to sit in and enjoy. No just another developer's spiel for one more suburban sprawl and even more traffic jams for folks trying to get to work on an insufficient road system.
'Garden suburb' what does this mean? Green spaces with well tended gardens stocked with pretty flowers and flowering shrubs for the residents to sit in and enjoy. No just another developer's spiel for one more suburban sprawl and even more traffic jams for folks trying to get to work on an insufficient road system. The Witch
  • Score: 14

9:45am Tue 21 Jan 14

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

Yay, even more traffic, just what we need in the area!
Yay, even more traffic, just what we need in the area! The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
  • Score: 15

9:46am Tue 21 Jan 14

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

(in case you were wondering, that last comment was sarcasm following another 1 1/2 hour commute to work).
(in case you were wondering, that last comment was sarcasm following another 1 1/2 hour commute to work). The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
  • Score: 9

10:06am Tue 21 Jan 14

swindondad says...

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man wrote:
(in case you were wondering, that last comment was sarcasm following another 1 1/2 hour commute to work).
glad I am on early shift the roads are clear at 05:30.
[quote][p][bold]The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man[/bold] wrote: (in case you were wondering, that last comment was sarcasm following another 1 1/2 hour commute to work).[/p][/quote]glad I am on early shift the roads are clear at 05:30. swindondad
  • Score: -3

10:59am Tue 21 Jan 14

The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier says...

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man wrote:
(in case you were wondering, that last comment was sarcasm following another 1 1/2 hour commute to work).
Is that living in Swindon AND working in Swindon? That is one hell of a long time to drive what can only be eight or ten miles or so.

Incidentally, I thought we were related until I saw that you spell your name differently to me. You are obviously very formal... where as I used to be the Marmite Soldier.
[quote][p][bold]The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man[/bold] wrote: (in case you were wondering, that last comment was sarcasm following another 1 1/2 hour commute to work).[/p][/quote]Is that living in Swindon AND working in Swindon? That is one hell of a long time to drive what can only be eight or ten miles or so. Incidentally, I thought we were related until I saw that you spell your name differently to me. You are obviously very formal... where as I used to be the Marmite Soldier. The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier
  • Score: 2

11:36am Tue 21 Jan 14

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier wrote:
The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man wrote:
(in case you were wondering, that last comment was sarcasm following another 1 1/2 hour commute to work).
Is that living in Swindon AND working in Swindon? That is one hell of a long time to drive what can only be eight or ten miles or so.

Incidentally, I thought we were related until I saw that you spell your name differently to me. You are obviously very formal... where as I used to be the Marmite Soldier.
No, it is not living AND working in Swindon, where did I say that? I wish it was only 8-10 miles, if it was I wouldn't be driving!
[quote][p][bold]The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man[/bold] wrote: (in case you were wondering, that last comment was sarcasm following another 1 1/2 hour commute to work).[/p][/quote]Is that living in Swindon AND working in Swindon? That is one hell of a long time to drive what can only be eight or ten miles or so. Incidentally, I thought we were related until I saw that you spell your name differently to me. You are obviously very formal... where as I used to be the Marmite Soldier.[/p][/quote]No, it is not living AND working in Swindon, where did I say that? I wish it was only 8-10 miles, if it was I wouldn't be driving! The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
  • Score: 0

12:43pm Tue 21 Jan 14

beach1e says...

here we go again, im surprised north Swindon hasn't drowned with all the new housing and lack of decent infrastructure. this council has been sitting on money that was meant to go towards the north area but have chosen to keep it for other areas. total sham council .
here we go again, im surprised north Swindon hasn't drowned with all the new housing and lack of decent infrastructure. this council has been sitting on money that was meant to go towards the north area but have chosen to keep it for other areas. total sham council . beach1e
  • Score: 8

12:48pm Tue 21 Jan 14

toyota777 says...

I'm just glad I don't live their any more Swindon is finished.
I'm just glad I don't live their any more Swindon is finished. toyota777
  • Score: 0

1:14pm Tue 21 Jan 14

house on the hill says...

toyota777 wrote:
I'm just glad I don't live their any more Swindon is finished.
It isn't finished that's the problem its all half ar5ed!!!!
[quote][p][bold]toyota777[/bold] wrote: I'm just glad I don't live their any more Swindon is finished.[/p][/quote]It isn't finished that's the problem its all half ar5ed!!!! house on the hill
  • Score: 5

4:22pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Flatmandan says...

So by saying they will be building a primary school they think they will get planning on the land, the headline says controversial arnt all developments controversial? Although I haven't heard anyone complaint of this.
One other question when Blunsdon made up there neighbourhood plan why didn't they include the parish rather than just their beloved village, very selfish indeed!!! Proves that they are only worried about themselves.
So by saying they will be building a primary school they think they will get planning on the land, the headline says controversial arnt all developments controversial? Although I haven't heard anyone complaint of this. One other question when Blunsdon made up there neighbourhood plan why didn't they include the parish rather than just their beloved village, very selfish indeed!!! Proves that they are only worried about themselves. Flatmandan
  • Score: 3

4:43pm Tue 21 Jan 14

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

Flatmandan wrote:
So by saying they will be building a primary school they think they will get planning on the land, the headline says controversial arnt all developments controversial? Although I haven't heard anyone complaint of this.
One other question when Blunsdon made up there neighbourhood plan why didn't they include the parish rather than just their beloved village, very selfish indeed!!! Proves that they are only worried about themselves.
That's the Blunsdon parish council for you.

Again, I don't think anyone has an issue with houses being built if they are needed.

However, having been a resident of North Swindon for 4 decades I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of major infrastructure improvements there have been in that time. Houses yes by all means, but build the transport links, water systems etc to cope with it first. Once the houses are there, history tells us that the infrastructure is never delivered.
[quote][p][bold]Flatmandan[/bold] wrote: So by saying they will be building a primary school they think they will get planning on the land, the headline says controversial arnt all developments controversial? Although I haven't heard anyone complaint of this. One other question when Blunsdon made up there neighbourhood plan why didn't they include the parish rather than just their beloved village, very selfish indeed!!! Proves that they are only worried about themselves.[/p][/quote]That's the Blunsdon parish council for you. Again, I don't think anyone has an issue with houses being built if they are needed. However, having been a resident of North Swindon for 4 decades I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of major infrastructure improvements there have been in that time. Houses yes by all means, but build the transport links, water systems etc to cope with it first. Once the houses are there, history tells us that the infrastructure is never delivered. The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
  • Score: 5

5:45pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Wildwestener says...

Everyone says the same; yes to the houses but infrastructure must come with it. It's common sense but seems residents and even our locally elected Councillors in some instances (no one elected by people in Swindon voted for Ridgeway Farm for example) can do **** all about it.
As Jim Royle would say: Democracy my a**e
Everyone says the same; yes to the houses but infrastructure must come with it. It's common sense but seems residents and even our locally elected Councillors in some instances (no one elected by people in Swindon voted for Ridgeway Farm for example) can do **** all about it. As Jim Royle would say: Democracy my a**e Wildwestener
  • Score: -1

6:59pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Flatmandan says...

@ The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man

I don't think the Blunsdon neighbourhood plan has anything to do with Blunsdon parish council?.....

blunsdonnp.org.uk/in
dex.php/component/co
ntent/?view=featured
@ The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man I don't think the Blunsdon neighbourhood plan has anything to do with Blunsdon parish council?..... blunsdonnp.org.uk/in dex.php/component/co ntent/?view=featured Flatmandan
  • Score: -1

8:57pm Tue 21 Jan 14

msw says...

No more homes until the roads are sorted SIMPLES !!!!!
No more homes until the roads are sorted SIMPLES !!!!! msw
  • Score: 2

9:24am Wed 22 Jan 14

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

Flatmandan wrote:
@ The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man

I don't think the Blunsdon neighbourhood plan has anything to do with Blunsdon parish council?.....

blunsdonnp.org.uk/in

dex.php/component/co

ntent/?view=featured
Errrrm, on the front page of that website you just linked to:

A Steering Group of Parish Councillors and volunteers has been established to draw together a Neighbourhood Plan for Blunsdon.
[quote][p][bold]Flatmandan[/bold] wrote: @ The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man I don't think the Blunsdon neighbourhood plan has anything to do with Blunsdon parish council?..... blunsdonnp.org.uk/in dex.php/component/co ntent/?view=featured[/p][/quote]Errrrm, on the front page of that website you just linked to: A Steering Group of Parish Councillors and volunteers has been established to draw together a Neighbourhood Plan for Blunsdon. The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
  • Score: 0

8:17pm Wed 22 Jan 14

1 2 Could B says...

However, having been a resident of North Swindon for 4 decades I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of major infrastructure improvements there have been in that time. Houses yes by all means, but build the transport links, water systems etc to cope with it first. Once the houses are there, history tells us that the infrastructure is never delivered.


Neither will the "enhancements" to Coate Water Country Park, or the "protection" to it be delivered after that housing development.
Neither was the Whichelstowe Road.
Neither will a replacement stadium be provided if the existing one is removed.

All these "promises" should be carried out before the houses are built
[quote]However, having been a resident of North Swindon for 4 decades I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of major infrastructure improvements there have been in that time. Houses yes by all means, but build the transport links, water systems etc to cope with it first. Once the houses are there, history tells us that the infrastructure is never delivered.[/quote] Neither will the "enhancements" to Coate Water Country Park, or the "protection" to it be delivered after that housing development. Neither was the Whichelstowe Road. Neither will a replacement stadium be provided if the existing one is removed. All these "promises" should be carried out before the houses are built 1 2 Could B
  • Score: 0

8:54pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Empty Car Park says...

1 2 Could B wrote:
However, having been a resident of North Swindon for 4 decades I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of major infrastructure improvements there have been in that time. Houses yes by all means, but build the transport links, water systems etc to cope with it first. Once the houses are there, history tells us that the infrastructure is never delivered.


Neither will the "enhancements" to Coate Water Country Park, or the "protection" to it be delivered after that housing development.
Neither was the Whichelstowe Road.
Neither will a replacement stadium be provided if the existing one is removed.

All these "promises" should be carried out before the houses are built
For some reason I logged in using my 1 2 Could B account instead of my Empty Car Park one.

Please note that I'm the same person, but you'll have guessed that because of my devotion to protecting Coate and the Speedway stadium.

I love Swindon, even though I continually slate it and am moving out of the town (eventually).
[quote][p][bold]1 2 Could B[/bold] wrote: [quote]However, having been a resident of North Swindon for 4 decades I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of major infrastructure improvements there have been in that time. Houses yes by all means, but build the transport links, water systems etc to cope with it first. Once the houses are there, history tells us that the infrastructure is never delivered.[/quote] Neither will the "enhancements" to Coate Water Country Park, or the "protection" to it be delivered after that housing development. Neither was the Whichelstowe Road. Neither will a replacement stadium be provided if the existing one is removed. All these "promises" should be carried out before the houses are built[/p][/quote]For some reason I logged in using my 1 2 Could B account instead of my Empty Car Park one. Please note that I'm the same person, but you'll have guessed that because of my devotion to protecting Coate and the Speedway stadium. I love Swindon, even though I continually slate it and am moving out of the town (eventually). Empty Car Park
  • Score: 0

10:40pm Wed 22 Jan 14

1 2 Could B says...

Keep digging, stupid
Keep digging, stupid 1 2 Could B
  • Score: 0

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