Wroughton homes plan likely to be thrown out

A group of residents in Wroughton campaigning against plans for 100 new homes

A group of residents in Wroughton campaigning against plans for 100 new homes

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PLANS for a 103-home development on a greenfield site in Wroughton have been recommended for rejection.

The Hannick Homes development has received 333 objections since being proposed, and, at the planning committee meeting next week, Swindon Council planning officers are to recommend it is rejected.

There are fears overs the development’s impact on the natural character of the area, its contribution to the village’s housing requirements over the next decade, and an increase in traffic.

Planning officer Helen McCabe said in her report: “The proposed development occupies a greenfield site within the countryside and the Wroughton Landscape Character Area. “Development of this site fails to comply with local plan policies that seek to locate new housing development within the Swindon urban area and protect the landscape, character and setting of Wroughton.

“The proposed development would harm the council’s strategy for housing growth and set a precedent for the release of inappropriate unallocated greenfield sites.

“It is likely to generate an increase in pedestrian traffic on a highway lacking an adequate footway and result in an increased use by vehicles turning right into the site at a point where visibility is inadequate.

“It is likely to encourage inappropriate parking of vehicles on a public highway and result in the loss of on-street parking facilities.

“It is considered 103 additional homes adjacent to Wroughton would comprise a 68 per cent of the future needs at Wroughton over the next 12 years. “It can be argued that the scale and location of the proposal would prejudice the ability of Wroughton’s housing requirements to be met on more appropriate available land in the settlement over the plan period.”

Wroughton parish councillor Wayne Crabbe welcomed the report.

“We are looking forward to the planning committee taking on board these recommendations,” he said. “There is a strong feeling locally that this development is just not needed.

“The state of the land itself is quite poor. “It used to be a water cress bed and as such is very wet, so we think it would be totally inappropriate to put houses there. “The area is also outside the boundaries for local development, but the biggest concern is around traffic and the impact this would have on Brimble Hill. “It is totally inappropriate. The plan for the next 10 or 12 years shows Wroughton being asked to take 150 new properties, and we believe that can be accommodated within brownfield sites. We do not think we will have a problem fulfilling housing requirements in an incremental way.”

A ruling will be made on the outline planning proposals at the Swindon Council planning committee meeting on Tuesday.

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7:21am Wed 4 Jun 14

Al Smith says...

Wonder how many of those who complained live in the houses built for the baby boomer generation in the 1960/70s? OK for them to live in houses built on greenfield sites but not for their children and grandchildren who'll have to go and live in Swindon or elsewhere.
Wonder how many of those who complained live in the houses built for the baby boomer generation in the 1960/70s? OK for them to live in houses built on greenfield sites but not for their children and grandchildren who'll have to go and live in Swindon or elsewhere. Al Smith
  • Score: 12

7:57am Wed 4 Jun 14

StillPav says...

Great news for people like me, who already own a house. Two fingers up at young people who are trying to get their foot on the bottom of the housing ladder.

As for Brimble Hill, the reason the traffic is a problem and visibility poor at the bottom of the hill is because residents park their cars in the road effectively making it one way. Put double yellow lines along both sides and all the traffic problems will disappear overnight.
Great news for people like me, who already own a house. Two fingers up at young people who are trying to get their foot on the bottom of the housing ladder. As for Brimble Hill, the reason the traffic is a problem and visibility poor at the bottom of the hill is because residents park their cars in the road effectively making it one way. Put double yellow lines along both sides and all the traffic problems will disappear overnight. StillPav
  • Score: 10

8:18am Wed 4 Jun 14

house on the hill says...

Al Smith wrote:
Wonder how many of those who complained live in the houses built for the baby boomer generation in the 1960/70s? OK for them to live in houses built on greenfield sites but not for their children and grandchildren who'll have to go and live in Swindon or elsewhere.
We live in a double standards society. most want others to live to a different moral and legal standard than they live by and when it really comes down to it are only concerned with themselves. That's what holds this country back.
[quote][p][bold]Al Smith[/bold] wrote: Wonder how many of those who complained live in the houses built for the baby boomer generation in the 1960/70s? OK for them to live in houses built on greenfield sites but not for their children and grandchildren who'll have to go and live in Swindon or elsewhere.[/p][/quote]We live in a double standards society. most want others to live to a different moral and legal standard than they live by and when it really comes down to it are only concerned with themselves. That's what holds this country back. house on the hill
  • Score: 4

12:03pm Wed 4 Jun 14

ChannelX says...

Doesn't really make any difference what the residents or the council say and do, if the development meets current legislative guidelines, the Planning Inspectorate in Bristol will ovetturn the decision to refuse the development once the developer appeals.
Doesn't really make any difference what the residents or the council say and do, if the development meets current legislative guidelines, the Planning Inspectorate in Bristol will ovetturn the decision to refuse the development once the developer appeals. ChannelX
  • Score: 9

12:09pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Highworth Lad says...

Typical Nimbys, do want air feild too much noise, dont want houses too much traffic. FFS
As long as I keep my view and quiet thats all that matters, sod the rest of the country......
Typical Nimbys, do want air feild too much noise, dont want houses too much traffic. FFS As long as I keep my view and quiet thats all that matters, sod the rest of the country...... Highworth Lad
  • Score: 0

12:40pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Ollie Dognacky says...

Quite right too 🏠🚙🏡🚗🏠
🚛🏡🚚
Quite right too 🏠🚙🏡🚗🏠 🚛🏡🚚 Ollie Dognacky
  • Score: 0

12:54pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Karenlwhittle says...

I do not want this to go ahead as it IS in my back yard, as for the parking on the road, where do you expect the residents to park when they have no drive or garage? We are all entitled to park outside our houses.
I do not want this to go ahead as it IS in my back yard, as for the parking on the road, where do you expect the residents to park when they have no drive or garage? We are all entitled to park outside our houses. Karenlwhittle
  • Score: -11

1:40pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Karenlwhittle says...

Karenlwhittle wrote:
I do not want this to go ahead as it IS in my back yard, as for the parking on the road, where do you expect the residents to park when they have no drive or garage? We are all entitled to park outside our houses.
I am happy for development to take place, but there are better sites available to build on in the village.
[quote][p][bold]Karenlwhittle[/bold] wrote: I do not want this to go ahead as it IS in my back yard, as for the parking on the road, where do you expect the residents to park when they have no drive or garage? We are all entitled to park outside our houses.[/p][/quote]I am happy for development to take place, but there are better sites available to build on in the village. Karenlwhittle
  • Score: 1

2:55pm Wed 4 Jun 14

A.Baron-Cohen says...

The only way around this problem is to slap 20% income tax on the sale of houses and increase Inheritance Tax on real estate.
If people can stop housing developments in order to artificially boost local real estate prices, we should then make them pay back the plus value when they move or die.
The only way around this problem is to slap 20% income tax on the sale of houses and increase Inheritance Tax on real estate. If people can stop housing developments in order to artificially boost local real estate prices, we should then make them pay back the plus value when they move or die. A.Baron-Cohen
  • Score: 0

3:32pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Tonyblairisthedevil says...

Pensioners... Check
Reactolite Glasses..... Check
Angry Locals....... Check
Pensioners... Check Reactolite Glasses..... Check Angry Locals....... Check Tonyblairisthedevil
  • Score: 5

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