100 extra homes are planned for stadium

This Is Wiltshire: Clarke Osborne, left, and Roger Wheeler look over plans for the Abbey Stadium site at last year’s consultation Clarke Osborne, left, and Roger Wheeler look over plans for the Abbey Stadium site at last year’s consultation

AN APPLICATION to alter the layout of the Abbey Stadium housing development has been lodged by the developers.

Alongside the new stadium, permission was given in 2009 to build 450 houses with some commercial space.

However, due to the recession there was a severe lack of demand for the business space, which threatened to scupper the whole project, including the new stadium.

Now Landvest Houses and Gaming International, who own the land, have asked the council to change the original plan to allow them to build more houses, a dedicated car park for the new stadium and potentially a new fire station to service North Swindon.

A consultation on the proposed alterations was held last year at the current Abbey Stadium. Speaking at the time Martyn Sutchbury of Landvest said: “We have had permission for several years to build the commercial properties.

“However, soon after we had permission the recession hit and potential tenants or buyers for the business properties are no longer around.

“To put it simply, there is no-one to fill the space. We want to hurry the process along so we’ve decided to change the plans.”

Clarke Osbourne, of Gaming International, said the plans would benefit the new stadium, which will not be affected by the plans.

He said: “It will give us total control over our parking. Under the original proposals some of the matchday parking would have had to go in the free spaces of the commercial properties when they were not being used. This would no longer be the case.”

The new proposal would see roughly an extra 100 houses added to the existing site. On top of that there would be the possibility of a new fire station.

While there is no official line from Wiltshire Fire Service it is understood they are broadly in favour of the plan.

With this proposal, the Tadpole Farm development of 1,700 homes and a number of other projects, North Swindon could expand by more than 3,000 homes in the coming year.

Currently North Swindon has no fire station with the nearest being in Stratton or Westlea, while there is a part time station in Cricklade.

Plans for the new stadium are moving forward and it is expected a full application will go forward later in the summer.

The new stadium will be built on the existing car park and will have state-of-the-art facilities to ensure it becomes the first choice when venues are selected to host Great Britain races.

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8:02am Mon 9 Jun 14

twasadawf says...

When this finally takes off no doubt the new home owners will moaning about those noisy bikes going round in circles
When this finally takes off no doubt the new home owners will moaning about those noisy bikes going round in circles twasadawf
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9:12am Mon 9 Jun 14

Phantom Poster says...

twasadawf wrote:
When this finally takes off no doubt the new home owners will moaning about those noisy bikes going round in circles
No doubt, before this project takes off someone will be moaning about the mere possibility that sometime in the future someone might moan about it! But hey, it fills up the comments pages.
[quote][p][bold]twasadawf[/bold] wrote: When this finally takes off no doubt the new home owners will moaning about those noisy bikes going round in circles[/p][/quote]No doubt, before this project takes off someone will be moaning about the mere possibility that sometime in the future someone might moan about it! But hey, it fills up the comments pages. Phantom Poster
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10:32am Mon 9 Jun 14

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

That's quite a lot of houses to fit on that site... One wonders what impact it will have on local traffic... Oh wait, apparently it won't have any impact and requires no mitigation. :rollseyes:
That's quite a lot of houses to fit on that site... One wonders what impact it will have on local traffic... Oh wait, apparently it won't have any impact and requires no mitigation. :rollseyes: The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
  • Score: 3

11:07am Mon 9 Jun 14

BaggyTrousers says...

is it just me or is that a huge addition to the original plans, I cant see how 100 extra homes and a Fire station can be added unless something else is dropped, ie RIP Swindon Speedway??
is it just me or is that a huge addition to the original plans, I cant see how 100 extra homes and a Fire station can be added unless something else is dropped, ie RIP Swindon Speedway?? BaggyTrousers
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11:57am Mon 9 Jun 14

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

BaggyTrousers wrote:
is it just me or is that a huge addition to the original plans, I cant see how 100 extra homes and a Fire station can be added unless something else is dropped, ie RIP Swindon Speedway??
It's the commercial premises that's proposed to be dropped (i.e. Any chance of local employment will be lost forever as land zoned for employment is given over to housing).
[quote][p][bold]BaggyTrousers[/bold] wrote: is it just me or is that a huge addition to the original plans, I cant see how 100 extra homes and a Fire station can be added unless something else is dropped, ie RIP Swindon Speedway??[/p][/quote]It's the commercial premises that's proposed to be dropped (i.e. Any chance of local employment will be lost forever as land zoned for employment is given over to housing). The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
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12:47pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Ollie Dognacky says...

Hello to more sprawl.
Hello to no increase in employment despite the sprawl.
Hello to more congestion.
Goodbye to speedway 😳
Hello to more sprawl. Hello to no increase in employment despite the sprawl. Hello to more congestion. Goodbye to speedway 😳 Ollie Dognacky
  • Score: 2

3:40pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Melgee says...

All new houses and no new road building program. Tadpole Lane? a winding up hill cart track tarmaced over after years of neglect is now to service 1000's of new homes in the area.
What a joke !
All new houses and no new road building program. Tadpole Lane? a winding up hill cart track tarmaced over after years of neglect is now to service 1000's of new homes in the area. What a joke ! Melgee
  • Score: 8

9:44pm Mon 9 Jun 14

anotherimigrant says...

Why would you need a new fire station, there's one down the road about a mile and alongside the A419, a wheel barrow could get to that area in a few minuets.

I smell smoke.

We will tell them we are going to build some factories, that we know know one will be stupid enough to go for, but it will keep the council idiots happy,Oh we cant get anyone interested in an over priced factory unit so we'll change the plans to what we really wanted in the first place, more over priced houses, and we'll build a shed and call it a fire station and see if that appeases the planers.

What about the chip shop and the takeaway Indian and the convenience store.

The whole story has a fishy smell.
Why would you need a new fire station, there's one down the road about a mile and alongside the A419, a wheel barrow could get to that area in a few minuets. I smell smoke. We will tell them we are going to build some factories, that we know know one will be stupid enough to go for, but it will keep the council idiots happy,Oh we cant get anyone interested in an over priced factory unit so we'll change the plans to what we really wanted in the first place, more over priced houses, and we'll build a shed and call it a fire station and see if that appeases the planers. What about the chip shop and the takeaway Indian and the convenience store. The whole story has a fishy smell. anotherimigrant
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