Swindon MP Robert Buckland speaks against 175 homes' project near Lydiard Park

Swindon MP speaks against 175 homes' project at Lydiard

Swindon MP speaks against 175 homes' project at Lydiard

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South Swindon MP Robert Buckland says he shares the concerns of nearby residents involved in the battle to prevent 175 homes being built on land next to Lydiard Park.

Mr Buckland voiced his concerns during the third day of the planning inquiry held at the Steam museum yesterday in a bid to prevent the building of houses on a site off Hook Street and next to Lydiard Park.

The plans were rejected by Swindon Council’s planning committee, but following an appeal by Primegate Properties Ltd on behalf of Bovis Homes SW Ltd, a public inquiry began on Tuesday.

To date, the inquiry which has been overseen by planning inspector Geoffrey Hill who was appointed by the Secretary of State, has heard statements from Anthony Crean, representing Swindon Council, and Patrick Clarkson, representing the developers.

Residents have also made their feelings known on the plans.

Mr Buckland said: “Lydiard Park is an important venue for residents in the borough and beyond, this has wider ramifications for the local community.

“If these plans are to be permitted, the rural character of Hook Street would change dramatically, it would no longer be a rural lane and the entrance to Lydiard Park would dramatically change, and not for the better.”

- MP Robert Buckland

“I know we have heard from residents within close proximity to the application and they have put forward a number of important points but as the South Swindon MP I speak for a wider community, and it is that community that values Lydiard Park very highly indeed and wants to see its rural character maintained.

“If these plans are to be permitted, the rural character of Hook Street would change dramatically, it would no longer be a rural lane and the entrance to Lydiard Park would dramatically change, and not for the better.”

Mr Buckland expressed ‘deep concerns’ that the development would put extra pressure on the already congested roads leading to junction 16 of the M4, especially during rush hour.

“Already, the road system is under great pressure, meaning rush hour is quite something to be seen,” he said.

“The flow of traffic down Whitehill Way often builds up all the way to Mead Way.

“Junction 16 itself is at capacity and struggling to cope with the existing flow of traffic. It is my concern that this will add to the current burden on the local road network.”

Mr Buckland said that although the provision of local services for residents in the area were ‘unclear’, it was likely that they would be served by the Freshbrook centre.

“This will also add to the congestion and traffic flow in the area,” he said.

Today will be the final day of the meeting, which was originally planned to be held at the council offices but this has now been changed to be held at the Steam museum once again.

The meeting starts at 10am and is expected to run until 4pm.

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12:02pm Fri 8 Apr 11

Robfm says...

The major problem re any large development in Swindon is the lack of a coordinated and workable traffic scheme.

SBC will be faced with appeal after appeal unless they get their act together. There has been a traffic survey for the Eastern Development and notably South Marston but the ideas are incredibly expensive and several Civil Engineers I have spoken say totally unworkable. Until the basic infrastructure problems are resolved development, however much needed is going no where fast.
The major problem re any large development in Swindon is the lack of a coordinated and workable traffic scheme. SBC will be faced with appeal after appeal unless they get their act together. There has been a traffic survey for the Eastern Development and notably South Marston but the ideas are incredibly expensive and several Civil Engineers I have spoken say totally unworkable. Until the basic infrastructure problems are resolved development, however much needed is going no where fast. Robfm
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12:35pm Fri 8 Apr 11

Highworth Lad says...

I agree with you Rob, however for the most part people just dont want new homes spoling their nice view, however like I said last time, people need to get a grip and understand this country needs housing. Yes I agree they could "get rid" of the people that should not be here and they should, however if they do, this country will still need housing...
I agree with you Rob, however for the most part people just dont want new homes spoling their nice view, however like I said last time, people need to get a grip and understand this country needs housing. Yes I agree they could "get rid" of the people that should not be here and they should, however if they do, this country will still need housing... Highworth Lad
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12:57pm Fri 8 Apr 11

I Too says...

We don't JUST need housing.
There are unsold properties.
A town, the size of Swindon, also needs to retain a few pleasant aspects.

No wonder Swindon is such a joke
We don't JUST need housing. There are unsold properties. A town, the size of Swindon, also needs to retain a few pleasant aspects. No wonder Swindon is such a joke I Too
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3:44pm Fri 8 Apr 11

rmc001 says...

The other problem not mentioned is that where are the occupants of these houses going to work, or go to school? Where are they going to do their shopping, go to the doctors, dentists, etc? All of this needs to be worked out before blindly building more and more houses, something of which Swindon already has too much of as it is. Also it says above the article is about Robert Buckland speaking out about the housing so why is the photo of Anne Snelgrove?
The other problem not mentioned is that where are the occupants of these houses going to work, or go to school? Where are they going to do their shopping, go to the doctors, dentists, etc? All of this needs to be worked out before blindly building more and more houses, something of which Swindon already has too much of as it is. Also it says above the article is about Robert Buckland speaking out about the housing so why is the photo of Anne Snelgrove? rmc001
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3:56pm Fri 8 Apr 11

The Real Librarian says...

Highworth Lad, you say the country needs housing. Are you sure?
I've been doing census follow up, which means walking down roads and knocking at doors. Everywhere I look I see unsold houses.
There is no shortage of houses that I can see.
Highworth Lad, you say the country needs housing. Are you sure? I've been doing census follow up, which means walking down roads and knocking at doors. Everywhere I look I see unsold houses. There is no shortage of houses that I can see. The Real Librarian
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11:09pm Fri 8 Apr 11

caz2011 says...

As a resident of Grange Park I would like to thank Robert Buckland for his support to reject these housing plans. I have had my garden flooded in 2007 when the ditch in the field above my property overflowed and know that if the field is built on then my house and garden will be flooded. The builders say they are going to build flood defences but will they maintain them. I was surprised to see Anne Snelgrove's picture instead of Robert's with this article but Anne Snelgrove was very keen to have her picture published during her time as MP but did very little to help.
As a resident of Grange Park I would like to thank Robert Buckland for his support to reject these housing plans. I have had my garden flooded in 2007 when the ditch in the field above my property overflowed and know that if the field is built on then my house and garden will be flooded. The builders say they are going to build flood defences but will they maintain them. I was surprised to see Anne Snelgrove's picture instead of Robert's with this article but Anne Snelgrove was very keen to have her picture published during her time as MP but did very little to help. caz2011
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11:23pm Fri 8 Apr 11

I Too says...

Surely that's Rob Buckland in the blue jumper?

Still a pretty naff choice of photo
Surely that's Rob Buckland in the blue jumper? Still a pretty naff choice of photo I Too
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