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Designs for new homes at Tadpole Farm revealed
ONE of the key stages of a 1,695-home development in the north of the town has been unveiled to the public.
The design code for the first stage of the Tadpole Farm scheme has been signed, sealed and can now be viewed by the community.
The highlights from the developer’s green-themed code include treelined avenues, generous parking for each house, large garages and allotments.
The code needs to be approved by the council before work on the first phase of the scheme can begin.
Crest Nicholson, who is behind the development, hosted a consultation with residents in July ahead of confirming its action plan.
“We have gone for a holistic approach,” said John Terry, managing director of Crest. “Rather than buying a house they will be buying a lifestyle.”
The code takes forward details from the planning permission, outlining specific information, such as where each house will be placed and the amount of space plots will be allocated.
Construction work is likely to begin early next year, with the first home owners being able to move in the autumn.
Tadpole Farm will be made of up four main roads including the The Avenue, which will be the priority street with front gardens and garages with space for cars and bikes as well as a compost facility in people’s back gardens. There will also be the Green Street, Resident Street and The Lane.
Crest says to ensure there is character throughout the design, the size of the homes vary with the smaller, more densely populated houses being placed closer to the town centre.
“It will actually be a small village albeit on the immediate edges of Swindon centre,” said Kenny Duncan of Crest Strategic Projects.
Crest also plans to create a 448-acre wildlife park, which should be ready in time for the first residents moving into the development. Around 30 per cent of all the new builds will be affordable housing.
Swindon Council has launched a consultation for people to comment on the code which will run until September 12.
After that date, it is likely traffic calming measures will be brought in to Tadpole Lane to reduce the speed limit from 50 mph to 30 mph.
Residents can view the plans at North Swindon Library or online at www.swindon.gov.uk/ep/ep-planning.
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