New homes will harm rich heritage
9:50am Tuesday 10th September 2013 in Latest News
PLANS to build 257 new homes on part of the town’s former railway works in north Swindon have been criticised by a heritage group.
Swindon Council’s planning committee have been recommended to grant permission to build the new houses at the Grade II listed Chain Test House and Chain Testing Building based at Rodbourne, at its meeting tonight.
Thomas House Ltd has submitted two applications which seeks to convert, transform and refurbish the buildings into a mixture of one to two bedroomed homes as well as retail space, car parking and ancillary works at the Swindon Railway Works Conservation Area.
Martha Parry, the chairman of Swindon Civic Voice, said these plans were detrimental to the heritage site which has been carefully developed over the last 27 years.
“It would be an over- development of the site,” said Martha. “Its appearance would comprise everything else that has been achieved there.
“This will affect buildings which are in keeping with the character of the area, and its potential as a World Heritage Site,” said Martha.
The meeting in the Civic Office starts at 6pm.