Controversial plans for village homes given green light

This Is Wiltshire: Gary Sumner, the chairman of Wanborough Parish Council, at Stanley Close. Swindon Council has approved plans for 12 homes in a field to the south of it Gary Sumner, the chairman of Wanborough Parish Council, at Stanley Close. Swindon Council has approved plans for 12 homes in a field to the south of it

CONTROVERSIAL plans for a development of 12 homes in a field in Wanborough have been approved by Swindon Council.

Housebuilder Taylor Wimpey received support from the council’s planning committee on Tuesday for homes on the 1.1-hectare greenfield site south of Stanley Close.

Planning permission will be granted by officers, subject to conditions,including the satisfactory resolution of drainage details and the completion of a legal agreement to secure funding towards infrastructure mitigation work.

The authority received 28 letters of objection during the statutory consultation on the plans, with concerns including congestion in The Beanlands, increased risk of flooding for homes further north, and loss of green open space.

Gary Sumner, the chairman of Wanborough Parish Council, which backed the plans, said the development included underground storage facilities, as well as ponds and improved ditches, so it would reduce the flood risk.

He said: “When you look at the planning application, you have to take into account of whether you think if a developer appeals, would they then be granted that application.

“The site sits between housing developments, so it was an obvious one. “And the developers have agreed to a number of measures that will mitigate any issues.

Coun Andrew Bennett (Con, Ridgeway) said the committee had asked for some issues to be ironed out before planning permission is granted, including screening of ash trees around part of the site and traffic arrangements.

“It was a relatively inevitable scenario because of the nature and history of the site,” he said.

“What I’m pleased about is that because the developer spoke to the parish council we have got the flooding mitigation works, which is something the parish council couldn’t afford so that’s a benefit to the village as a whole.

“They have been very helpful in as much as the site has been under examination for a long period of time and it’s probably as good as we can get.”

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7:46am Thu 15 Nov 12

Worked Hard says...

Its only controversial for the 28 people that objected to it...... no one else..... we dont care
Its only controversial for the 28 people that objected to it...... no one else..... we dont care Worked Hard

7:47am Thu 15 Nov 12

Worked Hard says...

Bet they are going to hate having some affordable housing so close to them and bringing property prices down.... lol
Bet they are going to hate having some affordable housing so close to them and bringing property prices down.... lol Worked Hard

8:09am Thu 15 Nov 12

Bobfm , says...

They will definitely not be "affordable" to most
They will definitely not be "affordable" to most Bobfm ,

9:35am Thu 15 Nov 12

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

So how come they can secure legal agreements for infrastructure mitigation works on a fairly inconsequential 12 home development, yet it was deemed impossible to get anything more than a bit of paint on the road for the Tadpole Farm development? Something stinks!
So how come they can secure legal agreements for infrastructure mitigation works on a fairly inconsequential 12 home development, yet it was deemed impossible to get anything more than a bit of paint on the road for the Tadpole Farm development? Something stinks! The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man

10:15am Thu 15 Nov 12

Davey Gravey says...

Twelve homes. Wow.
Twelve homes. Wow. Davey Gravey

2:03pm Thu 15 Nov 12

house on the hill says...

What does "affordable" mean then? surely it means different things to different people. Always makes me laugh that shared ownership properties are around 20% more expensive in total purchase price that the open market equivalent, that is really going to help increase house ownership! No one ever buys their "shared" houses anyway, they are just trapped there. Complete con.
What does "affordable" mean then? surely it means different things to different people. Always makes me laugh that shared ownership properties are around 20% more expensive in total purchase price that the open market equivalent, that is really going to help increase house ownership! No one ever buys their "shared" houses anyway, they are just trapped there. Complete con. house on the hill

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