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Land in limbo after home plan ditched

Swindon Advertiser: The area in Redhouse covered by the now withdrawn planning application to build a residential care home as well as shops The area in Redhouse covered by the now withdrawn planning application to build a residential care home as well as shops

AN APPLICATION to build a learning disability unit in North Swindon has been withdrawn, leaving the future of the land up in the air.

Last year, PM Asset Management put in an application to build the 12-bedroomed centre, along with a number of shops, on the open space in Redhouse, directly opposite the Tesco store.

However, it has now withdrawn the application without explanation. It means the future of the land, owned by housing developer Crest Nicholson, is unclear.

No one from PM Asset Manage-ment was available to comment yesterday to explain reasons but several objections to the plan had been given to the council.

James Ellis, of Vaughn Williams Way, said: “I would like to raise concerns regarding the proposed access to the rear car park for this development as this will significantly increase the level of traffic flowing through Ismabard Way and Vaughan Williams Way.

“Currently Isambard Way in front of the main school entrance is being used by school staff and contractors for on street parking thereby reducing the road to a single lane of traffic in the majority of places. “This area becomes especially congested when parents are picking up children from school.”

When planning permission was granted for the housing in the area the land was set aside for a pub. However, despite repeated attempts by Arkell’s to buy the land to build a pub, Crest said the bids were not high enough.

The local brewer wanted to move away from the traditional pub and open up a bistro. But Crest has now said because no pub company came in with a suitable bid it will look for other uses for the land.

North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson said: “When Arkell’s tried to purchase the land they wanted to open a bistro with a focus on coffee and food rather than a traditional drinking pub, which is something I feel many local residents would welcome. “Crest rejected their offer, so stalemate still remains.

“We would argue that Crest are now being unrealistic in their demands. “I will continue to work with Arkell’s and we will oppose to any proposal which sees a change of use to the land.”

No one from Crest Nicholson was available to comment yesterday.

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9:48am Thu 15 May 14

BCDR99 says...

All a set-up probably to make sure that Crest area allowed to put houses on it.

This is the land where originally, the pub and a beautiful, picturesque village centre was going. Now we have a dentist, chippy, hair salon, Tesco and a big open space with nothing on it. 10 years later.

The delays are designed so that Crest can say "Look no-one wants to build these things" and the council will reply "OK, build all the houses you like so you can maximise your profits from this development."
All a set-up probably to make sure that Crest area allowed to put houses on it. This is the land where originally, the pub and a beautiful, picturesque village centre was going. Now we have a dentist, chippy, hair salon, Tesco and a big open space with nothing on it. 10 years later. The delays are designed so that Crest can say "Look no-one wants to build these things" and the council will reply "OK, build all the houses you like so you can maximise your profits from this development." BCDR99
  • Score: 9

10:42am Thu 15 May 14

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

Crest should be obliged to honour the original outline planning and build the pub.

If they do not, they should forfeit the land to compulsory purchase at a rock bottom price.
Crest should be obliged to honour the original outline planning and build the pub. If they do not, they should forfeit the land to compulsory purchase at a rock bottom price. LordAshOfTheBrake
  • Score: 8

1:24pm Thu 15 May 14

house on the hill says...

LordAshOfTheBrake wrote:
Crest should be obliged to honour the original outline planning and build the pub.

If they do not, they should forfeit the land to compulsory purchase at a rock bottom price.
Like either of things are ever likely to happen. But agree with the sentiment
[quote][p][bold]LordAshOfTheBrake[/bold] wrote: Crest should be obliged to honour the original outline planning and build the pub. If they do not, they should forfeit the land to compulsory purchase at a rock bottom price.[/p][/quote]Like either of things are ever likely to happen. But agree with the sentiment house on the hill
  • Score: 5

3:53pm Thu 15 May 14

Even Angrier Monkey says...

Agree with everything written above.
Agree with everything written above. Even Angrier Monkey
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