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Opposition to plan for 350 homes

Swindon Advertiser: Blunsdon bypass with Blunsdon Stadium and Lady Lane on the left and Turnpike Road on the right. Blunsdon bypass with Blunsdon Stadium and Lady Lane on the left and Turnpike Road on the right.

RESIDENTS are facing up to yet another controversial housing application in North Swindon.

DPDS Consulting Group has put forward a proposal to build 350 homes, a primary school and a local shop at Abbey Farm, just north of Lady Lane.

The site is sandwiched between the Tadpole Farm development and the A419, with outline permission having being given for further development at the nearby Abbey Stadium.

However, Blunsdon Parish Council has refused to recognise the application as the land has not been identified for development in either past or upcoming development plans.

Parish council chairman Ian Jankinson said: “I think with the number of developments already set to go ahead or proposed, there is already enough planned.

“As well as losing the green space it will also put further pressure on the overcrowded roads in the area.

“The land has previously been rejected for building as it is too small to be considered an Urban Extension.”

The developers held a consultation on the proposal in July, which was criticised by residents at the time because it did not include a school.

Swindon Advertiser:

Parish council chairman Ian Jankinson who is objecting to the application for 350 houses at Abbey Farm

The plans now contain a primary school so it is possible this will make it a more attractive proposal.

“I would be disappointed if the attitude towards the proposal changed because of the school,” said Ian.

“The alteration seems like a way of making the development more attractive.

“With the Local Plan yet to be signed off, it looks like the developer is trying to sneak the development through before the door closes.”

DPDS group managing director Les Durrant said that the company had been in talks with the council, which led to the adding of the school, and taken feedback from the consultation before submitting the formal application.

He 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 the 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”.

As well as the main buildings, the development will also have a recreation area with a variety of open public spaces.

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8:33am Wed 22 Jan 14

A.Baron-Cohen says...

In 20 years, the NIMBYs will be with little Jesus, so investors should come back here around 2030 :-)
In 20 years, the NIMBYs will be with little Jesus, so investors should come back here around 2030 :-) A.Baron-Cohen
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8:49am Wed 22 Jan 14

Cooking_by_smoke_alarm says...

.Baron-Cohen says...

In 20 years, the NIMBYs will be with little Jesus, so investors should come back here around 2030 :-)

You are a very cynical man Mr B.C shame on your blaspheming.
.Baron-Cohen says... In 20 years, the NIMBYs will be with little Jesus, so investors should come back here around 2030 :-) You are a very cynical man Mr B.C shame on your blaspheming. Cooking_by_smoke_alarm
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8:58am Wed 22 Jan 14

A.Baron-Cohen says...

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.Baron-Cohen says...

In 20 years, the NIMBYs will be with little Jesus, so investors should come back here around 2030 :-)

You are a very cynical man Mr B.C shame on your blaspheming.
Thank you
[quote][p][bold]Cooking_by_smoke_ala rm[/bold] wrote: .Baron-Cohen says... In 20 years, the NIMBYs will be with little Jesus, so investors should come back here around 2030 :-) You are a very cynical man Mr B.C shame on your blaspheming.[/p][/quote]Thank you A.Baron-Cohen
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9:53am Wed 22 Jan 14

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

Where are the secondary school students going to go?

Where are the residents going to work?

It's all very well to throw up some houses on a piece of land, but building a successful development is so much more than that. I'd argue there have been very few successful developments in recent history.
Where are the secondary school students going to go? Where are the residents going to work? It's all very well to throw up some houses on a piece of land, but building a successful development is so much more than that. I'd argue there have been very few successful developments in recent history. The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
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10:20am Wed 22 Jan 14

Cooking_by_smoke_alarm says...

Cooking_by_smoke_ala
rm says...

.Baron-Cohen says...

In 20 years, the NIMBYs will be with little Jesus, so investors should come back here around 2030 :-)

You are a very cynical man Mr B.C shame on your blaspheming.
Score: -3


BC...Baron Cohen? NO....Before Christ; so he preceeded Jesus and is exempt from all blaspheming charges....thanks for the 'Thank You' Mr B.C
Cooking_by_...Eurovu
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Cooking_by_smoke_ala rm says... .Baron-Cohen says... In 20 years, the NIMBYs will be with little Jesus, so investors should come back here around 2030 :-) You are a very cynical man Mr B.C shame on your blaspheming. Score: -3 BC...Baron Cohen? NO....Before Christ; so he preceeded Jesus and is exempt from all blaspheming charges....thanks for the 'Thank You' Mr B.C Cooking_by_...Eurovu lsion score = null point. Cooking_by_smoke_alarm
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12:50pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Robh says...

Are DPDS part of Swindon BC Planning Department. We have had a lot of lies, deceit, misinformation and misleading comments with regard to Tadpole Farm development especially about the traffic situation.

I hope that the planning/traffic departments look at the current traffic problems and admit they got it wrong. Many of these unelected so called professionals should be sacked for the mess they have created.
Are DPDS part of Swindon BC Planning Department. We have had a lot of lies, deceit, misinformation and misleading comments with regard to Tadpole Farm development especially about the traffic situation. I hope that the planning/traffic departments look at the current traffic problems and admit they got it wrong. Many of these unelected so called professionals should be sacked for the mess they have created. Robh
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7:22pm Wed 22 Jan 14

1 2 Could B says...

Are DPDS part of Swindon BC Planning Department. We have had a lot of lies, deceit, misinformation and misleading comments with regard to Tadpole Farm development especially about the traffic situation.


Les Durrant of DPDS played a substantial role in "selling" the housing development at Coate.
Such phrases as "the development will enhance the country park" were used in abundance
[quote]Are DPDS part of Swindon BC Planning Department. We have had a lot of lies, deceit, misinformation and misleading comments with regard to Tadpole Farm development especially about the traffic situation.[/quote] Les Durrant of DPDS played a substantial role in "selling" the housing development at Coate. Such phrases as "the development will enhance the country park" were used in abundance 1 2 Could B
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8:04pm Wed 22 Jan 14

1 2 Could B says...

The photo also demonstrates that the current location is already ideal for the speedway stadium.

Hands Off Swindon Speedway
The photo also demonstrates that the current location is already ideal for the speedway stadium. Hands Off Swindon Speedway 1 2 Could B
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10:40am Thu 23 Jan 14

Robh says...

Did Mrs Busby tell them about the new school trick.
Did Mrs Busby tell them about the new school trick. Robh
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