Have your say on Wichelstowe plans

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CHANGES to plans for the 4,500-home Wichelstowe master plan in the south of Swindon are going out for public consultation.

Swindon Council is proposing a number of revised proposals to its original blueprint – or master plan – which was approved in May 2005.

The revised plans have the potential to save £30m in the cost of providing future infrastructure such as roads compared to the original proposals, while it is hoped the changes will make the project more attractive to outside investors.

“The world has changed since 2005,” said Coun Mike Bawden, cabinet member for strategic projects and transformation.

“At some point in the future we will submit a revised planning application but before we do that we want to hear what residents’ views are and hear what they would like to happen in 2013.”

The principal changes include a realignment of the proposed Croft Road to Hay Lane link road, which is intended to be a more efficient road layout and make the development’s district centre more viable, while keeping extra traffic away from Wroughton.

It also involves a change to the ‘trigger point’ for providing some infrastructure, from 1,100 completed homes to 2,500, to make sure that infrastructure costs are more appropriately balanced with the rate of house building.

There will also be a greater emphasis on ‘walkable neighbourhoods’ to ensure that all facilities on site are easily reached on foot, a commitment to large areas of green public open space and an increase in the number of mature trees, hedgerows and landscape contours that will be retained across the site.

“This will hopefully give a kick-start to the project,” said Coun Bawden. “The economic climate is not what is was and we need to re look at the plans to make sure they work for the people of today.”

The first phase of the Wichelstowe scheme, with over 800 homes in East Wichel, is under way and is being delivered by Taylor Wimpey.

The remainder of the land at Middle and West Wichel, approximately 75 per cent, remains in council ownership. Work on a Waitrose supermarket, which forms part of the planned district centre, is also under way.

The consultation will run for three weeks from Tuesday until Friday, September 13. Councillors will consider feedback in early 2014.

Public exhibitions will be held at East Wichel Community on Wednesday, at Ellendune Centre, Wroughton on Friday and the Arts Centre, Old Town, on Wednesday, September 4.

In addition, a Wichelstowe South Locality meeting will be held in early September on a date yet to be set, and there will be a further meeting between the council’s Wichelstowe project team and Wroughton Parish Council.

Details about what is being proposed will also be available at wichelstowe.co.uk from Tuesday.

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1:40pm Sat 24 Aug 13

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

Quote.... "It also involves a change to the ‘trigger point’ for providing some infrastructure, from 1,100 completed homes to 2,500, to make sure that infrastructure costs are more appropriately balanced with the rate of house building. "

What infrastructure? The council already has a very poor track record on ensuring infrastructure is delivered effectively and now they are proposing to kick infrastructure further down the road.

Absolutely absurd.....!
Quote.... "It also involves a change to the ‘trigger point’ for providing some infrastructure, from 1,100 completed homes to 2,500, to make sure that infrastructure costs are more appropriately balanced with the rate of house building. " What infrastructure? The council already has a very poor track record on ensuring infrastructure is delivered effectively and now they are proposing to kick infrastructure further down the road. Absolutely absurd.....! LordAshOfTheBrake
  • Score: 8

5:10pm Sat 24 Aug 13

Empty Car Park says...

With "Coate salesman" Mike Bawden at the helm, don't expect much infrastructure amenities or tasteful development .
With "Coate salesman" Mike Bawden at the helm, don't expect much infrastructure amenities or tasteful development . Empty Car Park
  • Score: 6

10:28am Mon 26 Aug 13

OldTown90 says...

Bawden says “At some point in the future we will submit a revised planning application but before we do that we want to hear what residents’ views are and hear what they would like to happen in 2013.”

Hearing residents and listening to residents are two different things. Hearing typically means thereafter ignore.

Also "The revised plans have the potential to save £30m ".Given this Administration's track record that could equally mean - The revised plans have the potential to cost £30m
Bawden says “At some point in the future we will submit a revised planning application but before we do that we want to hear what residents’ views are and hear what they would like to happen in 2013.” Hearing residents and listening to residents are two different things. Hearing typically means thereafter ignore. Also "The revised plans have the potential to save £30m ".Given this Administration's track record that could equally mean - The revised plans have the potential to cost £30m OldTown90
  • Score: 3

10:08pm Mon 26 Aug 13

Eastern Badger says...

If this was any other scheme where one landowner owns 75% of the land which will benefit from a significant change in the consent there would be an outcry. The trigger points are there to protect everyone from a single owner controlling their own consent. There is little enough infrastructure now and allowing the trigger to go to 2,500 homes is far too much.
If this was any other scheme where one landowner owns 75% of the land which will benefit from a significant change in the consent there would be an outcry. The trigger points are there to protect everyone from a single owner controlling their own consent. There is little enough infrastructure now and allowing the trigger to go to 2,500 homes is far too much. Eastern Badger
  • Score: 3

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