Tadpole Farm is key in local plan

This Is Wiltshire: Tadpole Farm is key in local plan Tadpole Farm is key in local plan

TADPOLE Farm is the key site in the north of the borough earmarked for development in Swindon Council’s final draft of the local plan.

The local plan 2026 will be the document which will guide the decisions of the planning committee, setting out a number of general policies as well as locations for residential and employment uses.

Across the borough, the document allocates space for 22,000 homes and 77.5 hectares of new employment land, which the council says is necessary to maintain housing growth in line with economic and demographic forecasts, prevent unwanted development on green-field land, and provide for business growth.

Developer Crest Nicholson was recently granted permission for 1,695 homes on Tadpole Farm, north of Tadpole Lane, at Blunsdon St Andrew.

In June, despite concerns about congestion, increased flooding and lack of school places, the committee agreed they could not refuse or defer the application because there were not strong enough planning grounds to win an appeal.

Therefore, members empowered officers to grant final approval in three months, providing Crest Nicholson could address concerns through agreements and additional financial contributions.

Planning permission was granted in September, but it has transpired that the legal agreement did not include any extra contributions beyond the £11.2m infrastructure package offered in the draft agreement, and the negotiations were mainly around tightening up and clarifying the legal agreement.

Coun Dale Heenan, cabinet member for strategic planning and sustainability, said: “The Tadpole Farm development by Crest Nicholson has been given the go-ahead and will take 15 years to build, and it’s only right we include it in the local plan to ensure it’s built properly with the right infrastructure.

“If a developer came forward for another 1,000 houses in the north, we now have a very strong position to resist that from happening because Tadpole Farm has been allocated in the local plan. This sets out development for the next 15 years.

“There’s no more room to build to the north of the town and I don’t wish to see any.”

Further north at Highworth, the document allocates at least 200 homes, which Coun Heenan said would be partly infill and partly expansion around the edges of the town. There are also five hectares of employment land earmarked.

However, the final draft also contains a policy to maintain the separate identity of Highworth as a hilltop market town, rejuvenate the town centre, and protect and enhance the role of Pentylands Park as a place to visit for recreation and related activities.

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9:14am Mon 22 Oct 12

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

However many of the councillors for the North and West of Swindon stood for election with one of their pledges being to be against the development.

When the time came they rolled over and did nothing; claiming their hands were tied.

All this in the space of 2 months. They knew in advance they could do nothing (at least one of them was heavily involved in planning) and therefore deliberately misled the public

Everyone of them should resign in disgrace. However their in no honour and integrity amongst politicians; locally or nationally.

Most people aren't against the development in principle; but the infrastructure is already breaking and there is nothing tabled to resolve that!

Even school places went to Croft (Old Town) when the greater need is in the North.
However many of the councillors for the North and West of Swindon stood for election with one of their pledges being to be against the development. When the time came they rolled over and did nothing; claiming their hands were tied. All this in the space of 2 months. They knew in advance they could do nothing (at least one of them was heavily involved in planning) and therefore deliberately misled the public Everyone of them should resign in disgrace. However their in no honour and integrity amongst politicians; locally or nationally. Most people aren't against the development in principle; but the infrastructure is already breaking and there is nothing tabled to resolve that! Even school places went to Croft (Old Town) when the greater need is in the North. LordAshOfTheBrake
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10:06am Mon 22 Oct 12

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

Got to love this council. Their grand plan for stopping unwanted development on greenfield land is..... Let's build an unwanted development on greenfield land.

Noticed the fields around Tadpole Farm were under water again the other day...
Got to love this council. Their grand plan for stopping unwanted development on greenfield land is..... Let's build an unwanted development on greenfield land. Noticed the fields around Tadpole Farm were under water again the other day... The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
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10:39am Mon 22 Oct 12

Felix A says...

Don't forget that there's also a policy in the draft Local Plan to build about 1,650 new houses at "Kingsdown" near Blunsdon. That is north Swindon too, surely!
Don't forget that there's also a policy in the draft Local Plan to build about 1,650 new houses at "Kingsdown" near Blunsdon. That is north Swindon too, surely! Felix A
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11:36am Mon 22 Oct 12

Robh says...

I'v seen the traffic calculations and they are misleading and wrong. The road capacities are wrong for the type of existing roads. Unless a major spine road is built the existing roads will be unusable in a few years.
I'v seen the traffic calculations and they are misleading and wrong. The road capacities are wrong for the type of existing roads. Unless a major spine road is built the existing roads will be unusable in a few years. Robh
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1:43pm Mon 22 Oct 12

house on the hill says...

The town is already a nightmare to drive through or around, but I guess if your only motivation is more Council Tax then it is hardly surprising all the proposals are out there with no mention of infrastructure. Totally short sighted as always.
The town is already a nightmare to drive through or around, but I guess if your only motivation is more Council Tax then it is hardly surprising all the proposals are out there with no mention of infrastructure. Totally short sighted as always. house on the hill
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8:43pm Mon 22 Oct 12

Oliver Dummassie says...

It's a good job we have somebody to sort this mess out
Coun Dale Heenan, cabinet member for strategic planning and sustainability, said: “The Tadpole Farm development by Crest Nicholson has been given the go-ahead and will take 15 years to build, and it’s only right we include it in the local plan to ensure it’s built properly with the right infrastructure.
It's a good job we have somebody to sort this mess out Coun Dale Heenan, cabinet member for strategic planning and sustainability, said: “The Tadpole Farm development by Crest Nicholson has been given the go-ahead and will take 15 years to build, and it’s only right we include it in the local plan to ensure it’s built properly with the right infrastructure. Oliver Dummassie
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5:53pm Tue 23 Oct 12

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

@RobH

Feel free to see those traffic calculations with the rest of us.
@RobH Feel free to see those traffic calculations with the rest of us. LordAshOfTheBrake
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