Tadpole Farm design plans win praise
THE new design code for a 1,695-home development in the north of the town has been given approval by the community.
Getting the design code for Crest Nicholson’s Tadpole Farm scheme correct has been deemed by many as one of the most important stages, as it sets out very specific information for the development.
The code, which can be viewed at North Library, shows where each house is going to be positioned, the amount of space for gardens, the size of roads and other details that were not included in the planning application, Stuart Boyd, councillor at Blunsdon Parish Council, said the housebuilder seems to have got it right.
Along with other parish councillors and residents associations, he met with the developers on a number of occasions to debate what should go into the code and since viewing their plans he said he was happy with it.
“It covers all the things that we discussed,” said Coun Boyd.
“Things like houses being positioned well back from the road, space for cars to be parked outside of homes rather than on the roads, recycling bins in peoples’ gardens, hedges in the front gardens – that sort of thing. As long as they keep to the design it’s going to be quite a nice place to live.”
Coun Vera Tomlinson, (Con, St Andrews) said most people she had spoken with in her area seemed happy with the plans.
“Crest seems to have turned over a new leaf,” said Coun Tomlinson.
“They are consulting every few weeks. I think it’s going to be an extremely good development.”
The highlights from the developer’s green-themed code include treelined avenues, generous parking for each house, large garages and allotments.
The code needs to be approved by the council before work on the first phase of the scheme can begin. If everything gets approved then around 350 homes will be built during the first stage of the development with work likely to commence early next year. The first home-owners could be moving into the houses as early as autumn.
Swindon Council is running a consultation into the new plans until Thursday.
Anyone wishing to view the plans should search the planning area of the council’s website at www.swindon.gov.uk.
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