ELECTION 2014 - Wroughton & Wichelstowe: Plea to keep big developers away

The growth of Wichelstowe needs to be kept in check, according to some residents

The growth of Wichelstowe needs to be kept in check, according to some residents

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LOCATED just south of the M4, Wroughton stands alone as one of the more rural areas of the borough.

However, many of the residents feel this is under threat from an increasing number of housing projects in and around the village.

The most notable is Wichelstowe which, although the other side of the motorway, has left many feeling it is only a matter of time before it creeps across.

As a result, whoever wins at next week’s local election will be expected to do what they can to stem the flow of housing projects.

Swindon Advertiser:

Martyn and Janet Peppin, above, who live in the village, say it is the major projects which are the biggest threat.

Janet said: “What we don’t need are any more of the bigger projects. There are enough of the smaller pockets of land in the village which can be used.

“This is a lovely village and a great place to live but it is getting bigger and bigger all the time. I know Wichelstowe is a worry to many people. It is on the other side of the M4 but there is the land south of that which could well be next.

“With housing over at Royal Wootton Bassett it feels as though development is coming from all sides.”

The couple are already concerned village life is being eroded, with more and more services disappearing and an increasing number of supermarkets.

Janet said: “Whoever comes in we want to stand up for village life. We used to have a police station for example but now that has gone there is not much of a visible presence.

“I know crime is quite low in Wroughton but I think it would make people feel a lot safer if they saw more officers walking around.”

Swindon Advertiser:

Another couple who worry about the changing face of the village is Richard and Yvonne Stanham, above, who have lived in Wroughton for more than 50 years.

Richard said: “We want whoever comes in to do almost nothing to the village. There are so many developers coming in and the place can’t take it all.

“They need to make sure that the projects are stopped so we can keep the village the way it is.

“Too much of the land around here is just being sold off and no-one seems to care about the people who live in it. We want the councillor to stick up for the people who live here.”

In 2012, Wroughton and Wichelstowe was one of the few wards which was split between the parties, with the Conservatives taking two seats and the Liberal Democrats the other.

WROUGHTON AND WICHELSTOWE CADIDATES

Georgina AKERS (Liberal Democrat)
Wayne CRABBE (Conservative) 
Paul DIXON (Labour)
Talis KIMBERLEY (Green Party) 
John Francis NEWMAN (Independent)
Susan SHORT (UK Independence Party)

2012 election turnout: 27 per cent (6,345)

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9:58am Thu 15 May 14

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

I've seen many of these articles now - what makes the residents think councillors of any colour can hope to make ANY difference to the masses of housing being built with no infrastructure?
I've seen many of these articles now - what makes the residents think councillors of any colour can hope to make ANY difference to the masses of housing being built with no infrastructure? The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
  • Score: 7

10:53am Thu 15 May 14

ChannelX says...

Exactly. They can't. Even if the council does turn down an application, as long as it's legal (which they're always going to be), an appeal goes in and the Planning Inspectorate will uphold it and give the go ahead.
Exactly. They can't. Even if the council does turn down an application, as long as it's legal (which they're always going to be), an appeal goes in and the Planning Inspectorate will uphold it and give the go ahead. ChannelX
  • Score: 4

11:11am Thu 15 May 14

Wildwestener says...

Yep, normal people are constantly shafted by developers. Maybe if noone bought these properties they'd learn but clearly they always do.
Yep, normal people are constantly shafted by developers. Maybe if noone bought these properties they'd learn but clearly they always do. Wildwestener
  • Score: 5

1:29pm Thu 15 May 14

house on the hill says...

Wildwestener wrote:
Yep, normal people are constantly shafted by developers. Maybe if noone bought these properties they'd learn but clearly they always do.
Begs the question of who exactly is buying them and where do they come from? the stuff they cant sell gets sold off to social housing associations at knock down prices so they know they wont lose money on the deal no matter what happens.
[quote][p][bold]Wildwestener[/bold] wrote: Yep, normal people are constantly shafted by developers. Maybe if noone bought these properties they'd learn but clearly they always do.[/p][/quote]Begs the question of who exactly is buying them and where do they come from? the stuff they cant sell gets sold off to social housing associations at knock down prices so they know they wont lose money on the deal no matter what happens. house on the hill
  • Score: 3

2:22pm Thu 15 May 14

ChannelX says...

It's well documented where the majority of demand for new housing is coming from.
It's well documented where the majority of demand for new housing is coming from. ChannelX
  • Score: 3

4:34pm Thu 15 May 14

Mukkin says...

It's all part of the game, let them in, build more houses and on and on it goes, what's happening around Swindon and smaller towns is being replicated all over the country as we slowly get squeezed and packed in with no proper infrastructure.

It's the rich boys against the minnows, the 1%ers, Governments want to keep the fake economy ticking along, so do nothing to restrain the flow of new entrance, thus the cry for more housing is heard, the developers coin it in with little regard or care for local communities, as much as they'd tell you they do, they just line their pockets, hail the revolution! but you may have to wait a while lol.
It's all part of the game, let them in, build more houses and on and on it goes, what's happening around Swindon and smaller towns is being replicated all over the country as we slowly get squeezed and packed in with no proper infrastructure. It's the rich boys against the minnows, the 1%ers, Governments want to keep the fake economy ticking along, so do nothing to restrain the flow of new entrance, thus the cry for more housing is heard, the developers coin it in with little regard or care for local communities, as much as they'd tell you they do, they just line their pockets, hail the revolution! but you may have to wait a while lol. Mukkin
  • Score: 4

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