Housing scheme ‘a recipe for chaos’

This Is Wiltshire: Mark Hows, chairman of Esprit Gymnastics in Stratton, at the site earmarked for 150 new homes – a plan he says urgently needs rethinking Mark Hows, chairman of Esprit Gymnastics in Stratton, at the site earmarked for 150 new homes – a plan he says urgently needs rethinking

MORE details on a controversial housing development at the former Headlands School site have been released.

Permission has already been given for housing at the site but the layout of the development, which will see 150 homes built, has recently been submitted and will go before the planning committee later this year.

Objections have been raised on the grounds of insufficient parking and the effect it will have on the local road network.

Stratton Parish Council has made a formal request for the application to go before full planning committee.

It says that the design has a “woeful lack of parking” for a proposal of that size.

In its submission the council also says: “The proposed development by reason of its size, depth, width, height and massing would have an unacceptably adverse impact on the amenities of the properties immediately adjacent to the site and the surrounding area by reason of overlooking, loss of privacy and visually overbearing impact.”

Among those against the housing plan is Mark Hows, the chairman of Esprit Gymnastics. He wants the developers to re-think the whole layout.

If given the go-ahead, the development will force Esprit Gym and the teams using the football pitch to share a car park, which Mark has said is not practical given the amount of people who go to the gym club.

He said: “We have always known that the land was set aside for housing. I just don’t think they’ve put enough thought into it.

“There are not enough car parking spaces for the football pitch so they will use ours. We have 2,500 people who use Esprit so it will be chaos.”

He added: “I’ve looked at the plans and while some houses have two spaces, most have only one. These days most families have two cars so they’re just going to go on the roads as there are only 16 visitor spaces.

“All of the traffic enters and exits the development one way, which is going to cause chaos. We all know how bad Cricklade Road gets, so adding all this extra traffic will only make the matter worse.”

The land was owned by the council, who sold it to Bellway Homes following a bidding process last year.

The council was obliged to pick the company because it was the highest bidder.

Members of the public who live near the proposed development are able to see the plans and comment by visiting the council’s planning portal at www.swindon.gov.uk.

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8:44am Mon 25 Aug 14

nigelej says...

I know we need new homes and that's fine .however it does worry me that there are two hundred being built here 150 there etc . When are we going to get a bigger hospital built to cope with all this expansion at one time there were 4 hospitals in swindon with little country ones in some smaller towns on the outskirts . Some one needs to get this sorted otherwise Gwh simply will burst at the seams .
I know we need new homes and that's fine .however it does worry me that there are two hundred being built here 150 there etc . When are we going to get a bigger hospital built to cope with all this expansion at one time there were 4 hospitals in swindon with little country ones in some smaller towns on the outskirts . Some one needs to get this sorted otherwise Gwh simply will burst at the seams . nigelej
  • Score: 10

10:35am Mon 25 Aug 14

Alan Bast*rd says...

Another recreational green space to be lost.
Growing population of the town with a decreasing amount of places for kids to play sports. This leaves a football club with no home
Another recreational green space to be lost. Growing population of the town with a decreasing amount of places for kids to play sports. This leaves a football club with no home Alan Bast*rd
  • Score: 9

8:41pm Mon 25 Aug 14

house on the hill says...

nigelej wrote:
I know we need new homes and that's fine .however it does worry me that there are two hundred being built here 150 there etc . When are we going to get a bigger hospital built to cope with all this expansion at one time there were 4 hospitals in swindon with little country ones in some smaller towns on the outskirts . Some one needs to get this sorted otherwise Gwh simply will burst at the seams .
The problem Nigel is that too many people are in there because they are bursting at the seams! We are spending tens if not hundreds of £billions a year on treating those with self inflicted illnesses, injuries and disabilities and with a limited amount of money that the NHS has it means those who really need to be treated are either having to wait forever or not getting treated at all (as with the breast cancer drugs they cant afford to prescribe).

Maybe if more people took a bit of responsibility for themselves there would be enough to treat those really in need of treatment instead of drunks or obesity related conditions and boob jobs for insecure women and we wouldn't need to build more hospitals as the ones we have would be able to cope. We are the key to the NHS and what it provides not the taxpayer as there is no bottomless pit!
[quote][p][bold]nigelej[/bold] wrote: I know we need new homes and that's fine .however it does worry me that there are two hundred being built here 150 there etc . When are we going to get a bigger hospital built to cope with all this expansion at one time there were 4 hospitals in swindon with little country ones in some smaller towns on the outskirts . Some one needs to get this sorted otherwise Gwh simply will burst at the seams .[/p][/quote]The problem Nigel is that too many people are in there because they are bursting at the seams! We are spending tens if not hundreds of £billions a year on treating those with self inflicted illnesses, injuries and disabilities and with a limited amount of money that the NHS has it means those who really need to be treated are either having to wait forever or not getting treated at all (as with the breast cancer drugs they cant afford to prescribe). Maybe if more people took a bit of responsibility for themselves there would be enough to treat those really in need of treatment instead of drunks or obesity related conditions and boob jobs for insecure women and we wouldn't need to build more hospitals as the ones we have would be able to cope. We are the key to the NHS and what it provides not the taxpayer as there is no bottomless pit! house on the hill
  • Score: 3
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