Concern over 115-house plan for industrial estate

A TIRED industrial estate could be transformed into a huge residential area boasting around 115 homes.

Outline planning permission for the scheme to build the new homes at Headlands Trading Estate, are set to be approved by Swindon Council next week.

Currently, the 2.6 hectare-site hosts a range of employment units but over the years the number of traders using the estate has been dropping.

A public consultation for the proposals was hosted at the beginning of the year but definite plans for the type of housing will not be released until the final planning application.

Council officers have recommended the proposals to be approved by councillors when it is debated tomorrow night.

There have been 13 letters of objections from residents living close to the site who fear noise and smell disturbances will increase.

They also said they were worried there could be a risk to health and safety from an increase in traffic and argued the proposals would add nothing to the local area.

Councillor John Ballman, who represents Gorse Hill and Pinehurst, said it was hard to make a judgement without any further information.

“Swindon needs more housing,” said Coun Ballman, who also sits on the planning committee.

“We will have to wait and see what the design looks like. It could be very good for the area but it is difficult to say at this point.”

He said the council’s highways team has ruled traffic would decrease from the site being transformed into a residential area rather than an industrial estate.

“The estate has been there for a very long time and I think its usage has been declining,” said Coun Ballman.

A number of residents living in Greenlands Road, in Penhill, who own properties that back on to the site have lodged complaints with the council’s planning team.

Councillor Joe Tray, who represents Penhill and Upper Stratton, said he was not aware of the application but urged concerned residents to get in touch with him.

“Generally residential use is favoured over industrial,” said Coun Tray.

“But I am also mindful of the fact that sometimes developers can get greedy and encroach on people’s green space.

“If any residents are worried they should get in touch with me and I’ll look into the matter.”

The planning application will go before a committee tomorrow night at the council’s Civic Offices at 6pm.

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7:40am Mon 9 Dec 13

are u mad says...

How long has Greenlands road been I penhill?? Great research work done by the adver yet again!!
How long has Greenlands road been I penhill?? Great research work done by the adver yet again!! are u mad

8:28am Mon 9 Dec 13

swindondad says...

In what possible context is 115 houses “a huge residential area"?
The local area plan calls for tens of thousands of new homes.
In what possible context is 115 houses “a huge residential area"? The local area plan calls for tens of thousands of new homes. swindondad

9:37am Mon 9 Dec 13

Always Grumpy says...

are u mad wrote:
How long has Greenlands road been I penhill?? Great research work done by the adver yet again!!
That's another Emma Liddiard story, what do you expect from her?
[quote][p][bold]are u mad[/bold] wrote: How long has Greenlands road been I penhill?? Great research work done by the adver yet again!![/p][/quote]That's another Emma Liddiard story, what do you expect from her? Always Grumpy

11:22am Mon 9 Dec 13

Hmmmf says...

John Ballmanapparently said :
... the council’s highways team has ruled traffic would decrease from the site being transformed into a residential area rather than an industrial estate.

Und you vill obey zis ruling.
[quote][p][bold]John Ballman[/bold]apparently said : ... the council’s highways team has ruled traffic would decrease from the site being transformed into a residential area rather than an industrial estate. [/quote] Und you vill obey zis ruling. Hmmmf

12:55pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Empty Car Park says...

Ban SBC :-)
Ban SBC :-) Empty Car Park

12:55pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Alan B'stard says...

Always Grumpy wrote:
are u mad wrote: How long has Greenlands road been I penhill?? Great research work done by the adver yet again!!
That's another Emma Liddiard story, what do you expect from her?
Don't get so precious.

It's all part of the same dump.
[quote][p][bold]Always Grumpy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]are u mad[/bold] wrote: How long has Greenlands road been I penhill?? Great research work done by the adver yet again!![/p][/quote]That's another Emma Liddiard story, what do you expect from her?[/p][/quote]Don't get so precious. It's all part of the same dump. Alan B'stard

1:16pm Mon 9 Dec 13

house on the hill says...

How many will be social housing, do we know?
How many will be social housing, do we know? house on the hill

1:32pm Mon 9 Dec 13

dukeofM4 says...

Cricklade Road has enough queues during rush hour why add to it? Keep building houses without improving the infrastructure or improving it years later when things get so bad the Council has no other choice.
Cricklade Road has enough queues during rush hour why add to it? Keep building houses without improving the infrastructure or improving it years later when things get so bad the Council has no other choice. dukeofM4

1:43pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Ringer says...

Empty Car Park wrote:
Ban SBC :-)
It's a real shame that you don't have the mental capacity to comprehend just how you come across to people when posting comments such as the one above.
[quote][p][bold]Empty Car Park[/bold] wrote: Ban SBC :-)[/p][/quote]It's a real shame that you don't have the mental capacity to comprehend just how you come across to people when posting comments such as the one above. Ringer

2:35pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Always Grumpy says...

Alan B'stard wrote:
Always Grumpy wrote:
are u mad wrote: How long has Greenlands road been I penhill?? Great research work done by the adver yet again!!
That's another Emma Liddiard story, what do you expect from her?
Don't get so precious.

It's all part of the same dump.
Not being precious at all, just commenting on the usual innacuracies of this particular, so called, reporter. I'm not bothered whether it's Penhill, Headlands or wherever, it's her pathetic reporting I'm fed up with.
Having said that, I suppose her poor level of reporting is par for the course with the Adver.
[quote][p][bold]Alan B'stard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Always Grumpy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]are u mad[/bold] wrote: How long has Greenlands road been I penhill?? Great research work done by the adver yet again!![/p][/quote]That's another Emma Liddiard story, what do you expect from her?[/p][/quote]Don't get so precious. It's all part of the same dump.[/p][/quote]Not being precious at all, just commenting on the usual innacuracies of this particular, so called, reporter. I'm not bothered whether it's Penhill, Headlands or wherever, it's her pathetic reporting I'm fed up with. Having said that, I suppose her poor level of reporting is par for the course with the Adver. Always Grumpy

3:42pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Bimbosforjustice says...

I went to Headlands in 1992 it was a craphouse then.
I went to Headlands in 1992 it was a craphouse then. Bimbosforjustice

5:29pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Empty Car Park says...

Ringer wrote:
Empty Car Park wrote:
Ban SBC :-)
It's a real shame that you don't have the mental capacity to comprehend just how you come across to people when posting comments such as the one above.
It's GREAT that YOU don't have the mental capacity to realise that I don't care
[quote][p][bold]Ringer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Empty Car Park[/bold] wrote: Ban SBC :-)[/p][/quote]It's a real shame that you don't have the mental capacity to comprehend just how you come across to people when posting comments such as the one above.[/p][/quote]It's GREAT that YOU don't have the mental capacity to realise that I don't care Empty Car Park

5:31pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Jeremy Hilary Boob says...

are u mad wrote:
How long has Greenlands road been I penhill?? Great research work done by the adver yet again!!
They shouldn't have to research these things - it's obvious, especially since the report claims it backs onto the industrial estate in Headlands Grove. Unless the Adver doesn't know where that is either.

As for the people moaning - we lived in Headlands when I was a kid. The trading estate was busier, you had Wises and Corona at the top of the road and we weren't whinging about "healthy and safety".
[quote][p][bold]are u mad[/bold] wrote: How long has Greenlands road been I penhill?? Great research work done by the adver yet again!![/p][/quote]They shouldn't have to research these things - it's obvious, especially since the report claims it backs onto the industrial estate in Headlands Grove. Unless the Adver doesn't know where that is either. As for the people moaning - we lived in Headlands when I was a kid. The trading estate was busier, you had Wises and Corona at the top of the road and we weren't whinging about "healthy and safety". Jeremy Hilary Boob

6:07pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Al Smith says...

If we can't build on greenfield sites and we can't build on brownfield sites where the heck are we supposed to build houses?

A reasonable argument against them would be that we don't actually need the new houses (with 1000's approved but not yet built), but not traffic levels. An industrial estate could easily have far more traffic, perhaps even with companies running 3 shifts so traffic would be coming and going all day long.
If we can't build on greenfield sites and we can't build on brownfield sites where the heck are we supposed to build houses? A reasonable argument against them would be that we don't actually need the new houses (with 1000's approved but not yet built), but not traffic levels. An industrial estate could easily have far more traffic, perhaps even with companies running 3 shifts so traffic would be coming and going all day long. Al Smith

6:19pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Always Grumpy says...

Bimbosforjustice wrote:
I went to Headlands in 1992 it was a craphouse then.
It was very good in the 50's.
[quote][p][bold]Bimbosforjustice[/bold] wrote: I went to Headlands in 1992 it was a craphouse then.[/p][/quote]It was very good in the 50's. Always Grumpy

8:03pm Mon 9 Dec 13

faatmaan says...

remember every house will have 4 cars, this is just the usual inertia of people who like the status quo, and cannot abide with improvements for other people,
the area itself is not that special. It wold worth bearing in mind the traffic situation will worsen irrespective of this small development.
remember every house will have 4 cars, this is just the usual inertia of people who like the status quo, and cannot abide with improvements for other people, the area itself is not that special. It wold worth bearing in mind the traffic situation will worsen irrespective of this small development. faatmaan

7:30am Tue 10 Dec 13

Ringer says...

Empty Car Park wrote:
Ringer wrote:
Empty Car Park wrote:
Ban SBC :-)
It's a real shame that you don't have the mental capacity to comprehend just how you come across to people when posting comments such as the one above.
It's GREAT that YOU don't have the mental capacity to realise that I don't care
Ah, yes, back to your usual MO of re-writing what I've just written about you. Please do hurry up and leave Swindon.
[quote][p][bold]Empty Car Park[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ringer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Empty Car Park[/bold] wrote: Ban SBC :-)[/p][/quote]It's a real shame that you don't have the mental capacity to comprehend just how you come across to people when posting comments such as the one above.[/p][/quote]It's GREAT that YOU don't have the mental capacity to realise that I don't care[/p][/quote]Ah, yes, back to your usual MO of re-writing what I've just written about you. Please do hurry up and leave Swindon. Ringer

6:00pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Empty Car Park says...

Still giving yourself a self approving thumbs up then.

What a complete saddo you are
Still giving yourself a self approving thumbs up then. What a complete saddo you are Empty Car Park

6:03pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Empty Car Park says...

How's your "ban the bus" campaign going?
How's your "ban the bus" campaign going? Empty Car Park

6:59pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Ringer says...

Empty Car Park wrote:
Still giving yourself a self approving thumbs up then.

What a complete saddo you are
No, unfortunately for you that's not the case. What is the case is that plenty of people seem to find you a rather pointless little man. You keep the snidey digs, lies and slander up though, it's basically your trademark, after all.

'Ban the bus campaign'? You must have me confused with somebody else... or you're just delighting in demonstrating to people that you've still not mastered remedial reading skills.
[quote][p][bold]Empty Car Park[/bold] wrote: Still giving yourself a self approving thumbs up then. What a complete saddo you are[/p][/quote]No, unfortunately for you that's not the case. What is the case is that plenty of people seem to find you a rather pointless little man. You keep the snidey digs, lies and slander up though, it's basically your trademark, after all. 'Ban the bus campaign'? You must have me confused with somebody else... or you're just delighting in demonstrating to people that you've still not mastered remedial reading skills. Ringer

11:23pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Empty Car Park says...

You really should stop talking to yourself
You really should stop talking to yourself Empty Car Park

8:27am Wed 11 Dec 13

Ringer says...

Empty Car Park wrote:
You really should stop talking to yourself
That wouldn't even have made sense had you not replied to me.
[quote][p][bold]Empty Car Park[/bold] wrote: You really should stop talking to yourself[/p][/quote]That wouldn't even have made sense had you not replied to me. Ringer

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