Main road design is flawed say residents

This Is Wiltshire: Kevin Fisher, chair of Shaw residents association at the Ridgeway Farm construction site. Concerns have been raised about the design of the main road serving the development Kevin Fisher, chair of Shaw residents association at the Ridgeway Farm construction site. Concerns have been raised about the design of the main road serving the development

RESIDENTS are urging immediate action to be taken in revising the infrastructure for the Ridgeway Farm development, which they believe will be deeply flawed.

A number of concerns have been raised with developer Taylor Wimpey since March 2013 in relation to the spine road running through the new site, the shared space crossing at the village centre, and a lack of parking bays for homes.

But the developer says the plans were rigorously assessed before being submitted. Kevin Fisher, chairman of the Shaw Residents’ Association, said: “In March 2013, we wrote to Taylor Wimpey with our concerns about the design of the spine road through the centre of Ridgeway Farm.

“This road will not only service the estate but will also act as the access road in and out of Swindon from the west.

“Taylor Wimpey chose this design in preference to providing a road around the estate for through traffic. As a result, traffic calming measures are required in an effort to make the road safe for all.

“The measures to be implemented by the developer include making the spine road just 6.5m wide and the use of a shared space at the village centre.

“In May 2013 the SRA issued its ‘gridlock report’ which concluded that a shared space at the village centre will see over 900 vehicles navigating it during the morning peak hour and over 1,200 during the afternoon peak hour, will result in major disruption to traffic flow across the Sparcells roundabout, ultimately leading to complete gridlock on Mead Way.

“In July 2014 we sent an objection to the formal planning application for the proposed shared space at the village centre as we believe the concept is flawed for a junction with the traffic volumes predicted and located right next to a primary school.

“The negative public reaction to the Regent Circus shared space design and injury to a pedestrian, within weeks of its implementation, is a flavour of what is to come from Taylor Wimpey’s development.

“We remain convinced that the design of Ridgeway Farm, with a road carrying through traffic in and out of Swindon running through its centre, is deeply flawed and will lead to traffic congestion, more rat run traffic through West Swindon and serious accidents.”

Taylor Wimpey said the layout had been assessed and no issues were being foreseen after its completion.

A spokesman said: “The shared space proposal for the Ridgeway Farm village centre is a design which we incorporated into our masterplan to adhere to Wiltshire County Council’s vision for this space.

“The highways layout was designed under the guidance of the local highways authority and rigorous traffic assessments were carried out to inform the plans.”

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8:09am Tue 2 Sep 14

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

When the developers are proved wrong, the planners are proved wrong and the road becomes a problem (just like those in Priory Vale), no one will be held accountable and nothing will be done about it. Councillors will pretend to be resolving issues whilst doing nothing and the residents will suffer.

After the Priory Vale debacle , planners, developers and councillors were supposed to learn lessons, but they haven't.
When the developers are proved wrong, the planners are proved wrong and the road becomes a problem (just like those in Priory Vale), no one will be held accountable and nothing will be done about it. Councillors will pretend to be resolving issues whilst doing nothing and the residents will suffer. After the Priory Vale debacle , planners, developers and councillors were supposed to learn lessons, but they haven't. LordAshOfTheBrake
  • Score: 14

9:08am Tue 2 Sep 14

BCDR99 says...

I see they've managed to get a fair number of show homes up in a very short space of time. So, how come a school that was supposed to have been started before Christmas at Tadpole Farm so that it would be open yesterday is barely visible from Tadpole Lane? The very school that the developers promised to enable them to get around having to build an access road to the site from the A419.
I'm not against development as new houses are required, but developers take the mickey out of SBC again and again and again.
I see they've managed to get a fair number of show homes up in a very short space of time. So, how come a school that was supposed to have been started before Christmas at Tadpole Farm so that it would be open yesterday is barely visible from Tadpole Lane? The very school that the developers promised to enable them to get around having to build an access road to the site from the A419. I'm not against development as new houses are required, but developers take the mickey out of SBC again and again and again. BCDR99
  • Score: 7

9:57am Tue 2 Sep 14

Alan Bast*rd says...

Do new roads or new designs for old roads in Swindon ever get done properly?
They all seem to cause aggro in one way or another.
Do new roads or new designs for old roads in Swindon ever get done properly? They all seem to cause aggro in one way or another. Alan Bast*rd
  • Score: -5

10:23am Tue 2 Sep 14

Robh says...

“The highways layout was designed under the guidance of the local highways authority and rigorous traffic assessments were carried out to inform the plans.”

If it was anything like the Tadpole Farm traffic assessment then it has been passed by complete incompetents at the highways authority.

The only way to defeat these developments is because of traffic calculations but these are being fiddled to give the nod to developers.
“The highways layout was designed under the guidance of the local highways authority and rigorous traffic assessments were carried out to inform the plans.” If it was anything like the Tadpole Farm traffic assessment then it has been passed by complete incompetents at the highways authority. The only way to defeat these developments is because of traffic calculations but these are being fiddled to give the nod to developers. Robh
  • Score: 7

10:27am Tue 2 Sep 14

Robh says...

BCDR99 wrote:
I see they've managed to get a fair number of show homes up in a very short space of time. So, how come a school that was supposed to have been started before Christmas at Tadpole Farm so that it would be open yesterday is barely visible from Tadpole Lane? The very school that the developers promised to enable them to get around having to build an access road to the site from the A419.
I'm not against development as new houses are required, but developers take the mickey out of SBC again and again and again.
Agreed Tadpole Farm is a typical of the developers walking all over the council. They promised much but all along had a predetermined agenda.
[quote][p][bold]BCDR99[/bold] wrote: I see they've managed to get a fair number of show homes up in a very short space of time. So, how come a school that was supposed to have been started before Christmas at Tadpole Farm so that it would be open yesterday is barely visible from Tadpole Lane? The very school that the developers promised to enable them to get around having to build an access road to the site from the A419. I'm not against development as new houses are required, but developers take the mickey out of SBC again and again and again.[/p][/quote]Agreed Tadpole Farm is a typical of the developers walking all over the council. They promised much but all along had a predetermined agenda. Robh
  • Score: 6

1:21pm Tue 2 Sep 14

greenpacer says...

Developers say there will be sufficent parking for these homes. What are they saying ? A car park for each home with a capacity for 4 vehicles each. People seem to think they have the right to take over the road with their vehicles .Round here in Toothill I have someone living two doors down in a rented property with two vans and a car. Sometimes he moves one of the vans and parks it opposite my garden making it difficult to get my vehicle out of my drive. My sister in Oakhurst has a neighbour who loves cars. he has two, his girlfriend has one and they even have a lodger who has a car. All but one get parked behind my sisters back garden in a narrow road. And I can't understand why the bus companies and police don'nt do something about all the people who park in bus lay byes !! Slap a ticket on them SBC !
Developers say there will be sufficent parking for these homes. What are they saying ? A car park for each home with a capacity for 4 vehicles each. People seem to think they have the right to take over the road with their vehicles .Round here in Toothill I have someone living two doors down in a rented property with two vans and a car. Sometimes he moves one of the vans and parks it opposite my garden making it difficult to get my vehicle out of my drive. My sister in Oakhurst has a neighbour who loves cars. he has two, his girlfriend has one and they even have a lodger who has a car. All but one get parked behind my sisters back garden in a narrow road. And I can't understand why the bus companies and police don'nt do something about all the people who park in bus lay byes !! Slap a ticket on them SBC ! greenpacer
  • Score: -3
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