Controversial Marlborough Road development set to be refused

South Swindon MP Robert Buckland has opposed the plans

South Swindon MP Robert Buckland has opposed the plans

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CONTROVERSIAL plans to build up to 103 homes on fields behind Marlborough Road are expected to be refused at a planning meeting tonight. 

The plans, which have earmarked land to the east of Marlborough Road in Wroughton, have caused several concerns amongst residents who believe it could put pedestrians’ lives at risk on an already dangerous thoroughfare.

Access to the proposed site would be in the form of a T-junction and would be gained by the demolition of two properties on Marlborough Road.

The application is due to go before the planning committee at Swindon Council tonight and are recommended for refusal.

Wroughton Parish Council, South Swindon MP Robert Buckland and Chiseldon Parish Council were amongst those objecting to the plans.

A spokesperson for the Campaign to Protect Rural England, who also object to the plans, said: “We have several concerns regarding this application.

“From the indicative masterplan it is clear that this is a ‘locked-in’ development, that is to say there is a single route in and out. It seems both unsafe and a poor estate design to have no alternative access for emergency vehicles in the case of obstruction at the entrance. This is particularly relevant when the single access point is on to a B road which falls considerably below the width and safety requirements for the full range of road users. This sole access of a large housing estate on to an already busy through route on a singularly difficuly hill make this proposal inappropriate.

“We believe that this development would undermine the scale, location and phasing of new development in Wroughton up until 2026. The draft Local Plan has been submitted, and although not examined, therefore carries significant weight.”

The result of the planning meeting will be posted online tomorrow morning.

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12:53pm Tue 10 Jun 14

StillPav says...

If a development is rejected by a local authority, but then passed by the Planning Inspectorate (like this will be), do the developers have any legal recourse against the council for wasting their time and money?
If a development is rejected by a local authority, but then passed by the Planning Inspectorate (like this will be), do the developers have any legal recourse against the council for wasting their time and money? StillPav
  • Score: 3

1:23pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Jeh1968 says...

It's got nothing to do with Mr Bucklands property backs onto the proposed developement, thats why he is against it then?
It's got nothing to do with Mr Bucklands property backs onto the proposed developement, thats why he is against it then? Jeh1968
  • Score: 6

2:39pm Tue 10 Jun 14

candid friend says...

After the WI-F Scandal it's surprising that some of the "Friends" that the developers have in the Tory Party have not fixed this.!
After the WI-F Scandal it's surprising that some of the "Friends" that the developers have in the Tory Party have not fixed this.! candid friend
  • Score: 1

3:12pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Ollie Dognacky says...

Robert should welcome his new neighbours 😃😄😃
Robert should welcome his new neighbours 😃😄😃 Ollie Dognacky
  • Score: -5

4:36pm Tue 10 Jun 14

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

Why's it "controversial"? Sounds pretty much like every other development proposal in Swindon recently (i.e. poorly thought out, impacting on existing infrastructure while providing little to no mitigation etc).
Why's it "controversial"? Sounds pretty much like every other development proposal in Swindon recently (i.e. poorly thought out, impacting on existing infrastructure while providing little to no mitigation etc). The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
  • Score: 7

6:56pm Tue 10 Jun 14

faatmaan says...

we have built to the west of Swindon, heavily to the north, the east is about to happen, so why should the south be off limits ?
we have built to the west of Swindon, heavily to the north, the east is about to happen, so why should the south be off limits ? faatmaan
  • Score: 2

8:13pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Ollie Dognacky says...

They also knocked down existing properties in Pinehurst to allow access.
So this is no more " controversial " than other developments.
Much less controversial than the sprawl proposed for Coate etc.
Is our MP nothing more than a self centred nimby 😳
They also knocked down existing properties in Pinehurst to allow access. So this is no more " controversial " than other developments. Much less controversial than the sprawl proposed for Coate etc. Is our MP nothing more than a self centred nimby 😳 Ollie Dognacky
  • Score: 3

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