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Residents up in arms over homes’ design

Swindon Advertiser: Grange Park residents protesting about Hook Street development. In the foreground is Barrie Brocks Grange Park residents protesting about Hook Street development. In the foreground is Barrie Brocks

A CONTROVERSIAL housing development is set to face its final hurdle later this month, despite opposition from a number of residents.

The Hook Street development has been called to the planning committee following objections about the design of the houses.

Last year the national planning inspector decided that the application for 73 homes could go ahead on the land which is adjacent to Lydiard Park, despite opposition from local pressure groups and politicians.

Now the plan, which was put forward by Persimmon Homes, has been called before the committee over the design of the houses.

As permission has been granted the plan to build houses, or the access routes, cannot be changed. The application is now at the reserved matters stage, which is when the details are decided.

However, concern has been raised that not enough has been done to protect residents from the development or shield the grounds at Lydiard Park.

The Lydiard Fields Action Group has opposed the plan from the start and is urging residents to make their thoughts known.

In a statement on their website the group said: “Despite a short consultation period, the planning application is now going through the reserved matters stage.

“The developers are seeking approval for appearance, landscaping and scale. “As it stands we do not think the designs, landscaping or planting are sufficient for this controversial site.”

In 2011 plans to build 175 homes by Persimmon at the site were rejected by both Swindon Council’s planning committee and a planning inspectorate but the developers came back with the new proposal.

Many residents have also objected to the actual buildings proposed, a view shared by several residents as well as South Swindon MP Robert Buckland.

He said: “I have objected to this development from the start and am glad that this stage is going before planning committee.

“I am always keen to see innovative housing and do not want to see generic and bland options.

“It is important that, although the plan cannot be stopped at this stage, we make sure the right plan goes through.

“I would also like to see a green corridor between the houses and the development so residents who have been looking on to open space are not suddenly confronted with this development.”

No one from Persimmon was available for comment but within the planning application they have described the homes as within the criteria for which they received permission.

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6:47am Sat 19 Apr 14

Ollie Dognacky says...

Persimmon have built many homes around Swindon.
It's fair to say they know what they are doing.
These nimbys need to grow up
Persimmon have built many homes around Swindon. It's fair to say they know what they are doing. These nimbys need to grow up Ollie Dognacky
  • Score: 1

6:58am Sat 19 Apr 14

GalaxyMan says...

Since when has a view been a consideration? The awful and needless development that went on the Moredon School site didn't much appear to be concerned about a beautiful view over to the Downs was going to be lost to the people on Moredon Road.
Such double standards abound.
It wouldn't be so bad if the houses built were affordable for the average person.
Since when has a view been a consideration? The awful and needless development that went on the Moredon School site didn't much appear to be concerned about a beautiful view over to the Downs was going to be lost to the people on Moredon Road. Such double standards abound. It wouldn't be so bad if the houses built were affordable for the average person. GalaxyMan
  • Score: 9

9:16am Sat 19 Apr 14

Al Smith says...

How much attention was paid to visual impact of THEIR homes I wonder?

Some of us can still just about remember when where they live was all fields!
How much attention was paid to visual impact of THEIR homes I wonder? Some of us can still just about remember when where they live was all fields! Al Smith
  • Score: 14

11:47am Sat 19 Apr 14

Jason4 says...

So much for the Big Society we were all promised
So much for the Big Society we were all promised Jason4
  • Score: -4

3:18pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Mukkin says...

Ollie Dognacky wrote:
Persimmon have built many homes around Swindon.
It's fair to say they know what they are doing.
These nimbys need to grow up
Why are they Nimbys? Because they care for their surroundings? Because they don't want the area over developed? Over populated, increase in crime, watch developers line their pockets with shoddy houses on the smallest plots?

I think you need to open your eyes and see the bigger picture, Developers, councils, banks, mortgages companies, estate agents, solicitors and local MP's have an agenda to follow, hence the social engineering of mass immigration, do you really think their would be a need for such mass developments around Swindon and other towns without it? wake up and smell the coffee, or just carry on sleep walking in your own little bigoted world!
[quote][p][bold]Ollie Dognacky[/bold] wrote: Persimmon have built many homes around Swindon. It's fair to say they know what they are doing. These nimbys need to grow up[/p][/quote]Why are they Nimbys? Because they care for their surroundings? Because they don't want the area over developed? Over populated, increase in crime, watch developers line their pockets with shoddy houses on the smallest plots? I think you need to open your eyes and see the bigger picture, Developers, councils, banks, mortgages companies, estate agents, solicitors and local MP's have an agenda to follow, hence the social engineering of mass immigration, do you really think their would be a need for such mass developments around Swindon and other towns without it? wake up and smell the coffee, or just carry on sleep walking in your own little bigoted world! Mukkin
  • Score: 8

4:13pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Ollie Dognacky says...

My eyes ARE open thankyou
My eyes ARE open thankyou Ollie Dognacky
  • Score: -9

5:58pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Ollie Dognacky says...

It beggars belief that an estate agent would stand in the way of progress
It beggars belief that an estate agent would stand in the way of progress Ollie Dognacky
  • Score: 1

7:38pm Sat 19 Apr 14

themoonraker says...

Unbelievable....all these nimbus moaning about development when they,themselfs, are living in housing built on the ''green spaces'' that I remember and used to enjoy in my youth.
It's called progress, these moaniners are called hypocrites
Unbelievable....all these nimbus moaning about development when they,themselfs, are living in housing built on the ''green spaces'' that I remember and used to enjoy in my youth. It's called progress, these moaniners are called hypocrites themoonraker
  • Score: 0

10:29pm Sat 19 Apr 14

greenpacer says...

Build a decent infrastructure and all will be well, but these developers don't stick to the rules. It's make money fast then clear off to the next money making site. It is time to stop. A new town needs building away from Swindon and with a decent town centre certainly not a dead one like ours !!
Build a decent infrastructure and all will be well, but these developers don't stick to the rules. It's make money fast then clear off to the next money making site. It is time to stop. A new town needs building away from Swindon and with a decent town centre certainly not a dead one like ours !! greenpacer
  • Score: 0

11:56pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Mukkin says...

themoonraker wrote:
Unbelievable....all these nimbus moaning about development when they,themselfs, are living in housing built on the ''green spaces'' that I remember and used to enjoy in my youth.
It's called progress, these moaniners are called hypocrites
Maybe 'themselfs' are a little more educated ;-D
[quote][p][bold]themoonraker[/bold] wrote: Unbelievable....all these nimbus moaning about development when they,themselfs, are living in housing built on the ''green spaces'' that I remember and used to enjoy in my youth. It's called progress, these moaniners are called hypocrites[/p][/quote]Maybe 'themselfs' are a little more educated ;-D Mukkin
  • Score: 2

10:22am Sun 20 Apr 14

Melgee says...

Just look around outer Swindon right now at all the large scale housing developments being built and what is missing? Infrastructure, that's what is missing. The road systems around Swindon are quite appalling and yet more and more new building work is ensuring clogged up roads. Look at the new Tadpole Lane development, what was a cart horse track between Purton and Blunsdon Hill is now going to have to cater for traffic it was never designed to cope with.
Just look around outer Swindon right now at all the large scale housing developments being built and what is missing? Infrastructure, that's what is missing. The road systems around Swindon are quite appalling and yet more and more new building work is ensuring clogged up roads. Look at the new Tadpole Lane development, what was a cart horse track between Purton and Blunsdon Hill is now going to have to cater for traffic it was never designed to cope with. Melgee
  • Score: 4

4:18pm Sun 20 Apr 14

Davey Gravey says...

Instead of building in a town that cannot cope with it I think new towns need to be created in areas currently not occupied by people. Swindon is too big.
Instead of building in a town that cannot cope with it I think new towns need to be created in areas currently not occupied by people. Swindon is too big. Davey Gravey
  • Score: 1

2:53am Mon 21 Apr 14

Blackwell 2 says...

Not to mention the moaniners
Not to mention the moaniners Blackwell 2
  • Score: -1

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