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Appeal for housing plan to be rejected

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A PLEA has been made for a major housing development near Swindon to be rejected.

Councillors believe major work on upgrading the infrastructure must be carried out before building begins in East Swindon.

Wanborough Parish Council has lodged a formal objection to proposals to build 2,380 homes close to South Marston, known as the Rowborough Development.

It is located just north of the A420, the main route from Oxford into Swindon, which already suffers from heavy congestion during rush hour.

The parish council believes that adding these houses, along with several thousand on the Oxford side of the border, will create pressure on the road network and lead to chaos elsewhere.

They, along with other members of the Western Vale Villages, commissioned an independent transport assessment of the proposal.

The report, carried out by Bob Hindhaugh Associates, concluded that: “There will be fundamental failings for a number of years if this development obtains permission.”

The Highways Agency has also implemented a Direction of Non-approval for six months until further information is gained on the site’s Transport Assessment.

 

 

Gary Sumner, chairman of the Wanborough Parish Council, said: “We are not against houses being built.

“We understand that we need growth and development and somewhere for our children but it is important that everything is done properly.

“The A420 and A419 are already close to capactity and we see what happens whenever a small part of the network goes wrong.

“The accident on the M4 last week saw traffic backing up to Blunsdon and the A420.

“Drivers who are looking to avoid the main junction then try and use the B4570 through Bishopstone and Wanborough as a rat-run so traffic backs up through the villages.”

As well as Rowborough, an Enviromental Impact Assessment is being carried out at Lotmead to see if it is suitable for 3,000 homes.

These are both speculative developments which are not part of the proposed Local Plan.

Mr Sumner wants the council to reject them both so the necessary infrastructure can be put in place.

He said: “If these developments go ahead then that will be three quarters of the houses proposed built before any infrastructure is put in place.

“We have seen what has happened in North Swindon when things are not done properly.”

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7:30am Wed 22 Jan 14

Wildwestener says...

Mr Sumner is right, you only have to come to the West and North of Swindon, even on a normal day without roadworks, to see how ridiculous unsustainable housing built without road infrastructure to support it is. I hope they succeed but history tells us that no one seems to care about it apart from residents who are the ones who suffer.
Mr Sumner is right, you only have to come to the West and North of Swindon, even on a normal day without roadworks, to see how ridiculous unsustainable housing built without road infrastructure to support it is. I hope they succeed but history tells us that no one seems to care about it apart from residents who are the ones who suffer. Wildwestener
  • Score: 5

8:21am Wed 22 Jan 14

swindondad says...

I understand that the system is / has changed but I would have thought that the upgrading of infrastructure was exactly what the section 106 money (of which SBC apparently has £millions) should be used for.

If (as in this case) Roads and Utilities need to be upgraded then it MUST be done BEFORE more homes are built.

I am all in favor of more homes in and around Swindon (I would like my kids to be able to live nearby once adults) but there has to be a real plan in place that makes the developments sustainable.
I understand that the system is / has changed but I would have thought that the upgrading of infrastructure was exactly what the section 106 money (of which SBC apparently has £millions) should be used for. If (as in this case) Roads and Utilities need to be upgraded then it MUST be done BEFORE more homes are built. I am all in favor of more homes in and around Swindon (I would like my kids to be able to live nearby once adults) but there has to be a real plan in place that makes the developments sustainable. swindondad
  • Score: 5

8:31am Wed 22 Jan 14

A.Baron-Cohen says...

Victory for Swindon, no housing needed, we are full......
Victory for Swindon, no housing needed, we are full...... A.Baron-Cohen
  • Score: -3

10:41am Wed 22 Jan 14

adsinibiza says...

Anyone who thinks Swindon is full or that more housing is not needed should read thishttp://www.bbc.c
o.uk/news/uk-2582706
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Anyone who thinks Swindon is full or that more housing is not needed should read thishttp://www.bbc.c o.uk/news/uk-2582706 1 adsinibiza
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10:44am Wed 22 Jan 14

StillPav says...

Swindon needs a western bypass, from J16 to the A419 near Blunsdon.

The rest of Witchelstowe should be scrapped (no one wants to live next to the motorway) and a new J15A near Wroughton built, with a duel carrigeway running along side the M4 to J16. Use the land designated for houses to build new offices and a large out of town shopping centre.

Then extend Thamsdown Drive (duel carrigeway) through west Swindon to the centre of town.
Swindon needs a western bypass, from J16 to the A419 near Blunsdon. The rest of Witchelstowe should be scrapped (no one wants to live next to the motorway) and a new J15A near Wroughton built, with a duel carrigeway running along side the M4 to J16. Use the land designated for houses to build new offices and a large out of town shopping centre. Then extend Thamsdown Drive (duel carrigeway) through west Swindon to the centre of town. StillPav
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10:49am Wed 22 Jan 14

A.Baron-Cohen says...

adsinibiza wrote:
Anyone who thinks Swindon is full or that more housing is not needed should read thishttp://www.bbc.c

o.uk/news/uk-2582706

1
Young people can emigrate, work and live elsewhere.
[quote][p][bold]adsinibiza[/bold] wrote: Anyone who thinks Swindon is full or that more housing is not needed should read thishttp://www.bbc.c o.uk/news/uk-2582706 1[/p][/quote]Young people can emigrate, work and live elsewhere. A.Baron-Cohen
  • Score: -7

11:08am Wed 22 Jan 14

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

adsinibiza wrote:
Anyone who thinks Swindon is full or that more housing is not needed should read thishttp://www.bbc.c

o.uk/news/uk-2582706

1
Not really sure what point you''re trying to prove there. The article states that London (possibly the highest housing stressed and difficult places to get accommodated in the entire country) has the lowest number of young people living at home.

That rather suggests the issue is not one of housing supply.
[quote][p][bold]adsinibiza[/bold] wrote: Anyone who thinks Swindon is full or that more housing is not needed should read thishttp://www.bbc.c o.uk/news/uk-2582706 1[/p][/quote]Not really sure what point you''re trying to prove there. The article states that London (possibly the highest housing stressed and difficult places to get accommodated in the entire country) has the lowest number of young people living at home. That rather suggests the issue is not one of housing supply. The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
  • Score: -2

11:13am Wed 22 Jan 14

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

adsinibiza wrote:
Anyone who thinks Swindon is full or that more housing is not needed should read thishttp://www.bbc.c

o.uk/news/uk-2582706

1
In fact, this statement on the article says a lot about why many young people are staying at home:

"It was meant to be short-term, but it developed from there, partly for financial reasons - I suddenly had a lot of disposable income and it became quite comfortable."

In other words, it's easier to bludge off the parents than it is to work hard and save to become responsible for yourself.
[quote][p][bold]adsinibiza[/bold] wrote: Anyone who thinks Swindon is full or that more housing is not needed should read thishttp://www.bbc.c o.uk/news/uk-2582706 1[/p][/quote]In fact, this statement on the article says a lot about why many young people are staying at home: "It was meant to be short-term, but it developed from there, partly for financial reasons - I suddenly had a lot of disposable income and it became quite comfortable." In other words, it's easier to bludge off the parents than it is to work hard and save to become responsible for yourself. The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
  • Score: 2

11:29pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Eastern Badger says...

swindondad wrote:
I understand that the system is / has changed but I would have thought that the upgrading of infrastructure was exactly what the section 106 money (of which SBC apparently has £millions) should be used for.

If (as in this case) Roads and Utilities need to be upgraded then it MUST be done BEFORE more homes are built.

I am all in favor of more homes in and around Swindon (I would like my kids to be able to live nearby once adults) but there has to be a real plan in place that makes the developments sustainable.
Swindon's Local Plan which has not yet been examined or found sound has a £345million black hole (Borough Council's own figures - publicly available before anyone can't believe it) which takes account of all of the developer contributions - this is money they have to find from government or own reserves (not there then?). Just the White Hart roundabout alone to change to make this development work is £22-23million pounds - the £19m story recently us genuinely a drop in the ocean.
[quote][p][bold]swindondad[/bold] wrote: I understand that the system is / has changed but I would have thought that the upgrading of infrastructure was exactly what the section 106 money (of which SBC apparently has £millions) should be used for. If (as in this case) Roads and Utilities need to be upgraded then it MUST be done BEFORE more homes are built. I am all in favor of more homes in and around Swindon (I would like my kids to be able to live nearby once adults) but there has to be a real plan in place that makes the developments sustainable.[/p][/quote]Swindon's Local Plan which has not yet been examined or found sound has a £345million black hole (Borough Council's own figures - publicly available before anyone can't believe it) which takes account of all of the developer contributions - this is money they have to find from government or own reserves (not there then?). Just the White Hart roundabout alone to change to make this development work is £22-23million pounds - the £19m story recently us genuinely a drop in the ocean. Eastern Badger
  • Score: 1

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