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Inspector says homes can be built on protected meadow

ACRES of protected land on the edge of West Swindon will be destroyed after developer Wainhomes won its bid to build 50 houses on environmentally sensitive grassland.

After a three-day planning inquiry in March, an inspector has ruled that, despite conditions being put in place to protect the area around Bradley’s Meadow in Purton, the need for housing outweighed preservation of the land.

At the inquiry, Vincent Fraser, speaking for the developer said: “Bearing in mind the appeal decision of Ridgeway Farm, there should not be any issues with this development.

“The local authority does not have a five-year plan for housing need in place, which is a factor in considering what harm is caused by the development of the site.”

A provisional five-year housing supply for Wiltshire expired only months ahead of the decision, after it had been accepted during an appeal against new homes at Widham Farm.

Dr Richard Pagett, who gave evidence at the inquiry, said the decision could set a precedent for future appeals.

“The inspector considered that the need for housing outweighs the need to safeguard this protected site,” he said.

“This is bizarre logic, the inspector acknowledged that these houses would be for Swindon yet Swindon Council says in its Local Plan that it does not need housing in this location.

“Wiltshire Council badly mishandled the whole thing. “Before the appeal inquiry it had begun negotiating with a property developer to find a different location for the grassland. “In the end it naively consented to the concept that the Moredon Bridge grassland was not crucial.”

The grassland will now be relocated to a site close to Fitzmaurice Primary School, in Bradford-on-Avon.

Kevin Fisher, the chairman of the Shaw Residents’ Associa-tion, said the impact on Swindon would soon be felt.

“The real day-to-day impact for West and North Swindon residents will be in yet more traffic negotiating the tricky junction in and out of this new, unplanned development,” he said.

Planning inspector John Braithwaite said in his decision: “The planning system seeks, among other things, to provide certainty in the development process and to bring forward development without undue delay. “This is particularly the case for housing.

“There is a Government imperative at this time for housing such as that proposed at the appeal site which would include, on the net increase in housing over the whole site, 30 per cent affordable housing.

“The development of land at Moredon Bridge would not cause demonstrable harm to nature conservation interests.”

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1:01pm Wed 14 May 14

beach1e says...

You really have to wonder at the intelligence and the morals of the people that make important decisions across Swindon and Wiltshire, the only things either council seem very good at are being useless and not having a clue as to what their functions are.Its a shame that the people who pay their wages never have a say in their suitability for the jobs and the high wages they get.
You really have to wonder at the intelligence and the morals of the people that make important decisions across Swindon and Wiltshire, the only things either council seem very good at are being useless and not having a clue as to what their functions are.Its a shame that the people who pay their wages never have a say in their suitability for the jobs and the high wages they get. beach1e
  • Score: 17

1:16pm Wed 14 May 14

house on the hill says...

Clearly wasn't that protected then! What is the point in having protected land that obviously isn't?
Clearly wasn't that protected then! What is the point in having protected land that obviously isn't? house on the hill
  • Score: 19

2:31pm Wed 14 May 14

Wildwestener says...

Yet another disgraceful decision going against all ideas of democracy and want people want. These developers are in this case just arrogant. They basically say "You haven't got a five year plan so **** you!!"

It's clearly too much to ask for that people who live locally can have a say in the environment they live in.

Just remember the Government promised us localism - horse manure clearly. I for one shall be remembering that come election time.
Yet another disgraceful decision going against all ideas of democracy and want people want. These developers are in this case just arrogant. They basically say "You haven't got a five year plan so **** you!!" It's clearly too much to ask for that people who live locally can have a say in the environment they live in. Just remember the Government promised us localism - horse manure clearly. I for one shall be remembering that come election time. Wildwestener
  • Score: 12

4:17pm Wed 14 May 14

ChannelX says...

This is a decision from the Planning Inspectorate - a department set up under Labour by John Prescott and which has the power to completely over rule anything councils try to do.

If this decision annoys you, it's important you realise it's the good old Labour party who are to blame.

Don't make the mistake of voting for them ever again.
This is a decision from the Planning Inspectorate - a department set up under Labour by John Prescott and which has the power to completely over rule anything councils try to do. If this decision annoys you, it's important you realise it's the good old Labour party who are to blame. Don't make the mistake of voting for them ever again. ChannelX
  • Score: 0

4:23pm Wed 14 May 14

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

ChannelX wrote:
This is a decision from the Planning Inspectorate - a department set up under Labour by John Prescott and which has the power to completely over rule anything councils try to do.

If this decision annoys you, it's important you realise it's the good old Labour party who are to blame.

Don't make the mistake of voting for them ever again.
The good old Labour party caused the mess, but it's important you realise the good old Tory party have done absolutely nothing to improve the situation. In fact, one could argue that with their relaxation of planning laws they've actually made the situation worse. Don't make the mistake of voting for them ever again.
[quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: This is a decision from the Planning Inspectorate - a department set up under Labour by John Prescott and which has the power to completely over rule anything councils try to do. If this decision annoys you, it's important you realise it's the good old Labour party who are to blame. Don't make the mistake of voting for them ever again.[/p][/quote]The good old Labour party caused the mess, but it's important you realise the good old Tory party have done absolutely nothing to improve the situation. In fact, one could argue that with their relaxation of planning laws they've actually made the situation worse. Don't make the mistake of voting for them ever again. The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
  • Score: 1

4:25pm Wed 14 May 14

Hmmmf says...

The needs of the money outweigh the needs of the few, or the one. Again.
The needs of the money outweigh the needs of the few, or the one. Again. Hmmmf
  • Score: 10

4:47pm Wed 14 May 14

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

Hmmmf wrote:
The needs of the money outweigh the needs of the few, or the one. Again.
Live long and prosper - two of the things the government does not want you to do.
[quote][p][bold]Hmmmf[/bold] wrote: The needs of the money outweigh the needs of the few, or the one. Again.[/p][/quote]Live long and prosper - two of the things the government does not want you to do. The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
  • Score: 4

5:17pm Wed 14 May 14

ChannelX says...

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man wrote:
ChannelX wrote:
This is a decision from the Planning Inspectorate - a department set up under Labour by John Prescott and which has the power to completely over rule anything councils try to do.

If this decision annoys you, it's important you realise it's the good old Labour party who are to blame.

Don't make the mistake of voting for them ever again.
The good old Labour party caused the mess, but it's important you realise the good old Tory party have done absolutely nothing to improve the situation. In fact, one could argue that with their relaxation of planning laws they've actually made the situation worse. Don't make the mistake of voting for them ever again.
When has any UK government completely abandoned a public sector organisation that's been previously set up?

Just doesn't happen.

But I agree with you, the current government haven't undone hardly any of the disastrous work that the previous Labour government committed.
[quote][p][bold]The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: This is a decision from the Planning Inspectorate - a department set up under Labour by John Prescott and which has the power to completely over rule anything councils try to do. If this decision annoys you, it's important you realise it's the good old Labour party who are to blame. Don't make the mistake of voting for them ever again.[/p][/quote]The good old Labour party caused the mess, but it's important you realise the good old Tory party have done absolutely nothing to improve the situation. In fact, one could argue that with their relaxation of planning laws they've actually made the situation worse. Don't make the mistake of voting for them ever again.[/p][/quote]When has any UK government completely abandoned a public sector organisation that's been previously set up? Just doesn't happen. But I agree with you, the current government haven't undone hardly any of the disastrous work that the previous Labour government committed. ChannelX
  • Score: 4

8:35pm Wed 14 May 14

Blackwell 2 says...

And Swindon's CONSERVATIVES that have been in control of Swindon Borough Clownschool have always rolled over to developers regardless of which party are in at Westminster.
So don't vote for the likes of Councillor Donachie.
Vote UKIP
Vote Green
Vote Labour
Vote for Independant candidates
Vote LibDem
Vote anything but Tory ;-)
And Swindon's CONSERVATIVES that have been in control of Swindon Borough Clownschool have always rolled over to developers regardless of which party are in at Westminster. So don't vote for the likes of Councillor Donachie. Vote UKIP Vote Green Vote Labour Vote for Independant candidates Vote LibDem Vote anything but Tory ;-) Blackwell 2
  • Score: -1

8:48pm Wed 14 May 14

house on the hill says...

beach1e wrote:
You really have to wonder at the intelligence and the morals of the people that make important decisions across Swindon and Wiltshire, the only things either council seem very good at are being useless and not having a clue as to what their functions are.Its a shame that the people who pay their wages never have a say in their suitability for the jobs and the high wages they get.
But that is the major problem with politics, you don't have to have any ability to do the job, just a big enough mouth and ego to get people to vote for you. You have Russell holland in charge if finance, but what does he know about running a £200million business, as a lawyer he knows how to lie to get what he wants but how does that help us? Idiot councillors supported by useless council staff who wouldn't survive a month in a real competitive business and you have a recipe for a shambles and there it is!
[quote][p][bold]beach1e[/bold] wrote: You really have to wonder at the intelligence and the morals of the people that make important decisions across Swindon and Wiltshire, the only things either council seem very good at are being useless and not having a clue as to what their functions are.Its a shame that the people who pay their wages never have a say in their suitability for the jobs and the high wages they get.[/p][/quote]But that is the major problem with politics, you don't have to have any ability to do the job, just a big enough mouth and ego to get people to vote for you. You have Russell holland in charge if finance, but what does he know about running a £200million business, as a lawyer he knows how to lie to get what he wants but how does that help us? Idiot councillors supported by useless council staff who wouldn't survive a month in a real competitive business and you have a recipe for a shambles and there it is! house on the hill
  • Score: 7

8:58pm Wed 14 May 14

Wildwestener says...

ChannelX wrote:
This is a decision from the Planning Inspectorate - a department set up under Labour by John Prescott and which has the power to completely over rule anything councils try to do.

If this decision annoys you, it's important you realise it's the good old Labour party who are to blame.

Don't make the mistake of voting for them ever again.
I'm not a Labour voter but I think you will find it was a Tory Minister, Eric Pickles, who approved the Ridgeway Farm development against the wishes of everyone except the developers. Even the Planning Inspector gave him a Way out of doing it but he didn't give a **** . Yes Labour set up the awful system, the Tories have just implemented it with glee.
A plague on both their houses.
[quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: This is a decision from the Planning Inspectorate - a department set up under Labour by John Prescott and which has the power to completely over rule anything councils try to do. If this decision annoys you, it's important you realise it's the good old Labour party who are to blame. Don't make the mistake of voting for them ever again.[/p][/quote]I'm not a Labour voter but I think you will find it was a Tory Minister, Eric Pickles, who approved the Ridgeway Farm development against the wishes of everyone except the developers. Even the Planning Inspector gave him a Way out of doing it but he didn't give a **** . Yes Labour set up the awful system, the Tories have just implemented it with glee. A plague on both their houses. Wildwestener
  • Score: 4

10:45pm Wed 14 May 14

Al Smith says...

ChannelX wrote:
This is a decision from the Planning Inspectorate - a department set up under Labour by John Prescott and which has the power to completely over rule anything councils try to do.

If this decision annoys you, it's important you realise it's the good old Labour party who are to blame.

Don't make the mistake of voting for them ever again.
ChannelX is that the Tory propaganda channel?

Just remember it was a Tory government who approved the north Swindon development despite the lack of infrastructure and opposition from the Labour controlled borough council. We are still suffering because of this decision.

It was the current tory government who were in power when Coate, Ridgeway Farm, etc. were approved.

Labour can quite rightly be blamed for Wichelstowe and you know what that's pretty much about it. However, it's not labour who have asked for the road network there to be reduced, it is Swindon's Tories.
[quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: This is a decision from the Planning Inspectorate - a department set up under Labour by John Prescott and which has the power to completely over rule anything councils try to do. If this decision annoys you, it's important you realise it's the good old Labour party who are to blame. Don't make the mistake of voting for them ever again.[/p][/quote]ChannelX is that the Tory propaganda channel? Just remember it was a Tory government who approved the north Swindon development despite the lack of infrastructure and opposition from the Labour controlled borough council. We are still suffering because of this decision. It was the current tory government who were in power when Coate, Ridgeway Farm, etc. were approved. Labour can quite rightly be blamed for Wichelstowe and you know what that's pretty much about it. However, it's not labour who have asked for the road network there to be reduced, it is Swindon's Tories. Al Smith
  • Score: 0

2:43am Thu 15 May 14

cartwrid says...

Seems like some palms have been greased.
Seems like some palms have been greased. cartwrid
  • Score: 5

9:34am Thu 15 May 14

ChannelX says...

@Al Smith - it's no more Tory propaganda than your posts a pro-Labour propaganda.

John Prescott, under the last Labour government, set-up and oversaw the Planning Inspectorates that now, ultimately, dictate planning decisons and override local councils.

You may not like that - many people don't - but it doesn't change the fact.

Almost all of the poor planning decisions are made due to the council knowing full well that, as long as they're legal, the Planning Inspectorate will simply overturn their decisions on appeal.

It's a shame more of your ilk don't realise and accept that Wichelstowe is actually Labour's fault.
@Al Smith - it's no more Tory propaganda than your posts a pro-Labour propaganda. John Prescott, under the last Labour government, set-up and oversaw the Planning Inspectorates that now, ultimately, dictate planning decisons and override local councils. You may not like that - many people don't - but it doesn't change the fact. Almost all of the poor planning decisions are made due to the council knowing full well that, as long as they're legal, the Planning Inspectorate will simply overturn their decisions on appeal. It's a shame more of your ilk don't realise and accept that Wichelstowe is actually Labour's fault. ChannelX
  • Score: 2

9:38am Thu 15 May 14

ChannelX says...

Blackwell 2 wrote:
And Swindon's CONSERVATIVES that have been in control of Swindon Borough Clownschool have always rolled over to developers regardless of which party are in at Westminster.
So don't vote for the likes of Councillor Donachie.
Vote UKIP
Vote Green
Vote Labour
Vote for Independant candidates
Vote LibDem
Vote anything but Tory ;-)
Thanks for your input I Too. Why are you not using your I Too login during the run up to the elections I wonder?

We'll see how you and your local Labour forum cronies fare when it comes to trying to get your Labour pals elected.

Still hilarious to note that you're still dim enough to believe I'm a councillor.
[quote][p][bold]Blackwell 2[/bold] wrote: And Swindon's CONSERVATIVES that have been in control of Swindon Borough Clownschool have always rolled over to developers regardless of which party are in at Westminster. So don't vote for the likes of Councillor Donachie. Vote UKIP Vote Green Vote Labour Vote for Independant candidates Vote LibDem Vote anything but Tory ;-)[/p][/quote]Thanks for your input I Too. Why are you not using your I Too login during the run up to the elections I wonder? We'll see how you and your local Labour forum cronies fare when it comes to trying to get your Labour pals elected. Still hilarious to note that you're still dim enough to believe I'm a councillor. ChannelX
  • Score: 1

11:15am Thu 15 May 14

Wildwestener says...

ChannelX wrote:
Blackwell 2 wrote:
And Swindon's CONSERVATIVES that have been in control of Swindon Borough Clownschool have always rolled over to developers regardless of which party are in at Westminster.
So don't vote for the likes of Councillor Donachie.
Vote UKIP
Vote Green
Vote Labour
Vote for Independant candidates
Vote LibDem
Vote anything but Tory ;-)
Thanks for your input I Too. Why are you not using your I Too login during the run up to the elections I wonder?

We'll see how you and your local Labour forum cronies fare when it comes to trying to get your Labour pals elected.

Still hilarious to note that you're still dim enough to believe I'm a councillor.
you two should get a room
[quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blackwell 2[/bold] wrote: And Swindon's CONSERVATIVES that have been in control of Swindon Borough Clownschool have always rolled over to developers regardless of which party are in at Westminster. So don't vote for the likes of Councillor Donachie. Vote UKIP Vote Green Vote Labour Vote for Independant candidates Vote LibDem Vote anything but Tory ;-)[/p][/quote]Thanks for your input I Too. Why are you not using your I Too login during the run up to the elections I wonder? We'll see how you and your local Labour forum cronies fare when it comes to trying to get your Labour pals elected. Still hilarious to note that you're still dim enough to believe I'm a councillor.[/p][/quote]you two should get a room Wildwestener
  • Score: 0

12:46pm Thu 15 May 14

Blackwell 2 says...

Apparently, councillors are embarressed about being councillors.
Apparently, councillors are embarressed about being councillors. Blackwell 2
  • Score: -5

12:51pm Thu 15 May 14

ChannelX says...

Blackwell 2 wrote:
Apparently, councillors are embarressed about being councillors.
What is highly embarrassing is you continuing to spread the lie that I'm a councillor. That and your spelling.
[quote][p][bold]Blackwell 2[/bold] wrote: Apparently, councillors are embarressed about being councillors.[/p][/quote]What is highly embarrassing is you continuing to spread the lie that I'm a councillor. That and your spelling. ChannelX
  • Score: 2

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