Wroughton will get a controversial pedestrian crossing across busy Swindon Road after all.

Developer Linden Homes had first tried to avoid building a promised crossing near its 100-home scheme at the Grange Estate sparking outrage, and then asked to delay its construction.

But now the firm has won a bid for an extra 16 homes. And that comes with the condition it puts in a crossing after all.

Chairman of Wroughton Parish Council John Hewer said: “Linden is not being let off the hook at all.

“The original plan was to put a crossing by Perry’s Lane but we agreed that wasn’t the best place.

“We’ve agreed it would be better to put a crossing by the roundabout at the Listers estate, because that’s the way to the school, and we are still working through the agreement.”

The danger to children in trying to cross Swindon Road, during morning and evening rush hours was one of the factors that saw a dozen villagers object to Linden’s original application.

Nicholas Moon, who lives in Petter Close, said: “This is a typical approach by developers to get the planning approval having loaded it with lots of nice extras and commitments, such as crossings and play areas and landscaping.

“Once the building starts, they think ‘let’s get approval to remove those extras one by one’.”

Linden’s bid to avoid or postpone building the crossing in the original bid provoked fury among a number of councillors at a planning meeting earlier this year.

Ward councillor Brian Ford said: “Why should we do what Linden Homes wants? The condition was put in and they haven’t complied with it. I don’t think we should just roll over.”

His fellow Wroughton member Cathy Martyn had said she wanted the extra housing to be approved as a lever to ensure that the crossing was constructed.

But councillors had deferred their decision to allow a condition for a crossing to be added to the plan for extra houses.

Linden Homes said: “We are more than happy to deliver a pedestrian crossing as originally agreed for the first phase of The Grange development.”

The new plans, including the crossing, were approved by borough council planning officers.