Major proposal for 3,000 new homes

This Is Wiltshire: Plans to build 3,000 new homes near Lotmead farm, Covingham. Gary Sumner, Chair of Wanborough Parish Council, at the site Plans to build 3,000 new homes near Lotmead farm, Covingham. Gary Sumner, Chair of Wanborough Parish Council, at the site

ANOTHER developer is scanning land for major plans – around 3,000 homes – ahead of Swindon adopting its Local Plan.

The first steps for a scheme which will see 3,000 houses being built at Lotmead Farmstead have been put into motion.

An environmental impact assessment looking at whether there is the potential for a mixed use scheme, which includes a primary school and a local centre built on 160 hectares land east of the A419 and south of the A420, has been carried out.

This is the second proposal for a large-scale housing project in as many months.

In November an application for a 2,380-home development, near South Marston, was submitted to Swindon Council.

It is feared that housebuilders are cashing in on Swindon being without a Local Plan which is expected to go out for an examination in public in April.

Government-appointed planning inspector Mike Fox raised a number of concerns with the council about the provision of infrastructure in its Local Plan at an exploratory meeting at the Steam Museum, at the beginning of November.

The intention for the latest scheme is to submit an outline planning application in spring for the development which could see the farm and surrounding buildings demolished.

Ainscough Strategic Land, the company behind the potential application, would build the thousands of homes as part of the Eastern Villages.

Proposed access routes to the project include Wanborough Road and Merlin Way.

Chair of Wanborough Parish Council Gary Sumner said the effect on his village could be disastrous.

“We would have serious concern about that area of land being developed so soon,” said Mr Sumner.

“It was always the intention it would be built as part of the second or third phases of the masterplan –we are talking 15 to 20 years in the future.

“The impact of the traffic on Wanborough Road having to cater for 3,000 cars would be disastrous. It is an ancient Roman road and is not designed for that usage. It is inappropriate for such large scale schemes to be submitted ahead of the Local Plan. It would look like they are trying to take advantage of Swindon’s uncertainty in its planning systems.”

The Adver was unable to contact Ainscough Strategic Land before it went to print.

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6:34am Tue 10 Dec 13

faatmaan says...

oh dear all the private parts of Swindon are against any expansion on the edges of Swindon, where next !
oh dear all the private parts of Swindon are against any expansion on the edges of Swindon, where next ! faatmaan

7:22am Tue 10 Dec 13

Empty Car Park says...

Goodbye Swindon :-)
Goodbye Swindon :-) Empty Car Park

7:27am Tue 10 Dec 13

Empty Car Park says...

This development was sooo predictable coupled with Dale Heenans' determination to close the neighbouring airfield at Redlands Farm.

Goodbye Swindon
This development was sooo predictable coupled with Dale Heenans' determination to close the neighbouring airfield at Redlands Farm. Goodbye Swindon Empty Car Park

7:28am Tue 10 Dec 13

Ringer says...

Empty Car Park wrote:
This development was sooo predictable coupled with Dale Heenans' determination to close the neighbouring airfield at Redlands Farm.

Goodbye Swindon
And goodbye to you, too. Get a move on!
[quote][p][bold]Empty Car Park[/bold] wrote: This development was sooo predictable coupled with Dale Heenans' determination to close the neighbouring airfield at Redlands Farm. Goodbye Swindon[/p][/quote]And goodbye to you, too. Get a move on! Ringer

8:00am Tue 10 Dec 13

Al Smith says...

Empty Car Park wrote:
Goodbye Swindon :-)
Hope you're not moving to Wiltshire, they've been told that their local plan is about 7,000 houses short.
[quote][p][bold]Empty Car Park[/bold] wrote: Goodbye Swindon :-)[/p][/quote]Hope you're not moving to Wiltshire, they've been told that their local plan is about 7,000 houses short. Al Smith

12:36pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Dale Heenan says...

Mr Sumner is fully aware that no proposal has been submitted for Lotmead, that there are no plans for "Wanborough Road having to cater for 3,000 cars".

An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) request has been submitted, not an outline or full planning application

Explanation of an EIA, straight from the Planning Portal website for anyone to look at,

The aim of Environmental Impact Assessment is to protect the environment by ensuring that a local planning authority when deciding whether to grant planning permission for a project, which is likely to have significant effects on the environment, does so in the full knowledge of the likely significant effects, and takes this into account in the decision making process.

http://planningguida
nce.planningportal.g
ov.uk/blog/guidance/
environmental-impact
-assessment/what-is-
the-purpose-of-envir
onmental-impact-asse
ssment/
Mr Sumner is fully aware that no proposal has been submitted for Lotmead, that there are no plans for "Wanborough Road having to cater for 3,000 cars". An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) request has been submitted, not an outline or full planning application Explanation of an EIA, straight from the Planning Portal website for anyone to look at, The aim of Environmental Impact Assessment is to protect the environment by ensuring that a local planning authority when deciding whether to grant planning permission for a project, which is likely to have significant effects on the environment, does so in the full knowledge of the likely significant effects, and takes this into account in the decision making process. http://planningguida nce.planningportal.g ov.uk/blog/guidance/ environmental-impact -assessment/what-is- the-purpose-of-envir onmental-impact-asse ssment/ Dale Heenan

1:21pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Hmmmf says...

Dale Heenan wrote:
Mr Sumner is fully aware that no proposal has been submitted for Lotmead, that there are no plans for "Wanborough Road having to cater for 3,000 cars".

Which doesn't in any way preclude him from expressing his concerns before such plans are formally submitted. Or are you seriously suggesting that objections should only be voiced *after* the event?
[quote][p][bold]Dale Heenan[/bold] wrote: Mr Sumner is fully aware that no proposal has been submitted for Lotmead, that there are no plans for "Wanborough Road having to cater for 3,000 cars".[/quote] Which doesn't in any way preclude him from expressing his concerns before such plans are formally submitted. Or are you seriously suggesting that objections should only be voiced *after* the event? Hmmmf

5:15pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Bigstylie says...

If only there was a way to upgrade old Roman roads to cope with modern motor vehicles...... Perhaps we could use some tarmac or something similar on the old road. I have seen this done first hand on some parts of the Fosse Way although, to be fair to Mr Sumner, that ancient Roman road only has to cope with about 3 cars per day - not the anticipated 3000......
If only there was a way to upgrade old Roman roads to cope with modern motor vehicles...... Perhaps we could use some tarmac or something similar on the old road. I have seen this done first hand on some parts of the Fosse Way although, to be fair to Mr Sumner, that ancient Roman road only has to cope with about 3 cars per day - not the anticipated 3000...... Bigstylie

5:24pm Tue 10 Dec 13

umpcah says...

3000 new homes probably means 2500 mortgages to be paid out of the incomes of the householders. Where are all the relative jobs coming from ? Or is this really a plan to keep illegal immigrants and vagrants off the streets for free ?
3000 new homes probably means 2500 mortgages to be paid out of the incomes of the householders. Where are all the relative jobs coming from ? Or is this really a plan to keep illegal immigrants and vagrants off the streets for free ? umpcah

6:36pm Tue 10 Dec 13

easternsideoftown says...

No local plan is in place for Swindon & approval at EIP is some months off, so its probably no suprise to planners that they're getting in there before a decision is made. Thats what happens..,, everywhere, & we have lots of examples around Swindon recently. Lotmead was allocated these houses, primary school etc in the local plan but went under the radar with everyone thinking it was just the few acres of the pick your own., not 400 acres, and wanborough focused on Redlands which could be the red herring. Lotmead is the bigger problem with no shadow of doubt.
No local plan is in place for Swindon & approval at EIP is some months off, so its probably no suprise to planners that they're getting in there before a decision is made. Thats what happens..,, everywhere, & we have lots of examples around Swindon recently. Lotmead was allocated these houses, primary school etc in the local plan but went under the radar with everyone thinking it was just the few acres of the pick your own., not 400 acres, and wanborough focused on Redlands which could be the red herring. Lotmead is the bigger problem with no shadow of doubt. easternsideoftown

11:07pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Eastern Badger says...

Dale Heenan wrote:
Mr Sumner is fully aware that no proposal has been submitted for Lotmead, that there are no plans for "Wanborough Road having to cater for 3,000 cars".

An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) request has been submitted, not an outline or full planning application

Explanation of an EIA, straight from the Planning Portal website for anyone to look at,

The aim of Environmental Impact Assessment is to protect the environment by ensuring that a local planning authority when deciding whether to grant planning permission for a project, which is likely to have significant effects on the environment, does so in the full knowledge of the likely significant effects, and takes this into account in the decision making process.

http://planningguida

nce.planningportal.g

ov.uk/blog/guidance/

environmental-impact

-assessment/what-is-

the-purpose-of-envir

onmental-impact-asse

ssment/
Dale Heenan clearly hasn't read the 'Environmental Impact Assesment' despite the ability to quote their purpose. The EIA quotes the land-owners intention to submit an outline planning application in SPRING 2014 (this is a clear statement - not likely to be misinterpreted).

The EIA also states that significant impacts include construction traffic via Wanborough Road and White Hart (Merlin Way) and 'post construction' will also have a significant impact on the same road. Before Dale Heenan criticises others he may want to read the document? Or he may not - it is devastating for Covingham.
[quote][p][bold]Dale Heenan[/bold] wrote: Mr Sumner is fully aware that no proposal has been submitted for Lotmead, that there are no plans for "Wanborough Road having to cater for 3,000 cars". An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) request has been submitted, not an outline or full planning application Explanation of an EIA, straight from the Planning Portal website for anyone to look at, The aim of Environmental Impact Assessment is to protect the environment by ensuring that a local planning authority when deciding whether to grant planning permission for a project, which is likely to have significant effects on the environment, does so in the full knowledge of the likely significant effects, and takes this into account in the decision making process. http://planningguida nce.planningportal.g ov.uk/blog/guidance/ environmental-impact -assessment/what-is- the-purpose-of-envir onmental-impact-asse ssment/[/p][/quote]Dale Heenan clearly hasn't read the 'Environmental Impact Assesment' despite the ability to quote their purpose. The EIA quotes the land-owners intention to submit an outline planning application in SPRING 2014 (this is a clear statement - not likely to be misinterpreted). The EIA also states that significant impacts include construction traffic via Wanborough Road and White Hart (Merlin Way) and 'post construction' will also have a significant impact on the same road. Before Dale Heenan criticises others he may want to read the document? Or he may not - it is devastating for Covingham. Eastern Badger

11:51pm Tue 10 Dec 13

bobthebulder says...

Is Gary Sumner the only person in the whole of Swindon who does not realise that the Eastern Villages will be built whatever happens? The Swindon, Local Plan Inspector has made it clear he is looking at Swindon BC to find more sites for houses not less. Other sites will need to be identified to keep this inspector happy, otherwise windful sites will keep coming forward under the NPPF whilst Swindon has no Local Plan in place.

The neighbouring Wiltshire's Local Planning Inspector has written last week to Wiltshire to tell them that they are 7,000 dwellings short within their local plan, and he will find their plan unsound if they cannot produce evidence to show where these 7,000 dwellings will be located.

So Mr Sumner does not have a heart attack. I hope he is sitting down. FACT is there will be planning applications for 8,400 dwellings submitted in the next few months within the Eastern Villages by various developers. FACT is there will be planning applications on land which is not yet identified within the Draft Local Plan. In fact he may find he has a conflict of interest shortly.
Is Gary Sumner the only person in the whole of Swindon who does not realise that the Eastern Villages will be built whatever happens? The Swindon, Local Plan Inspector has made it clear he is looking at Swindon BC to find more sites for houses not less. Other sites will need to be identified to keep this inspector happy, otherwise windful sites will keep coming forward under the NPPF whilst Swindon has no Local Plan in place. The neighbouring Wiltshire's Local Planning Inspector has written last week to Wiltshire to tell them that they are 7,000 dwellings short within their local plan, and he will find their plan unsound if they cannot produce evidence to show where these 7,000 dwellings will be located. So Mr Sumner does not have a heart attack. I hope he is sitting down. FACT is there will be planning applications for 8,400 dwellings submitted in the next few months within the Eastern Villages by various developers. FACT is there will be planning applications on land which is not yet identified within the Draft Local Plan. In fact he may find he has a conflict of interest shortly. bobthebulder

8:46pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Eastern Badger says...

bobthebulder wrote:
Is Gary Sumner the only person in the whole of Swindon who does not realise that the Eastern Villages will be built whatever happens? The Swindon, Local Plan Inspector has made it clear he is looking at Swindon BC to find more sites for houses not less. Other sites will need to be identified to keep this inspector happy, otherwise windful sites will keep coming forward under the NPPF whilst Swindon has no Local Plan in place.

The neighbouring Wiltshire's Local Planning Inspector has written last week to Wiltshire to tell them that they are 7,000 dwellings short within their local plan, and he will find their plan unsound if they cannot produce evidence to show where these 7,000 dwellings will be located.

So Mr Sumner does not have a heart attack. I hope he is sitting down. FACT is there will be planning applications for 8,400 dwellings submitted in the next few months within the Eastern Villages by various developers. FACT is there will be planning applications on land which is not yet identified within the Draft Local Plan. In fact he may find he has a conflict of interest shortly.
Fully support most of the expansion - what I don't quite understand is why anyone (developers/landowne
rs excepted) they think its ok to do this without the money for infrastructure? Does that sound odd?

People in North and West Swindon deeply regret the fact that the Mead Way link wasn't done when the 10,000 homes were built in the North?

Wichelstowe has ground to a halt because of infrastructure.

I'm not a NIMBY just deeply against people who want to trash the countryside without the safeguards required for existing and new communities. The planning inspectors 'principle concern' was lack of funding fir infrastructure - should East Swindon residents expect 15 years of misery he asked Swindon Borough Council?

Progress yes - at any cost - NO
[quote][p][bold]bobthebulder[/bold] wrote: Is Gary Sumner the only person in the whole of Swindon who does not realise that the Eastern Villages will be built whatever happens? The Swindon, Local Plan Inspector has made it clear he is looking at Swindon BC to find more sites for houses not less. Other sites will need to be identified to keep this inspector happy, otherwise windful sites will keep coming forward under the NPPF whilst Swindon has no Local Plan in place. The neighbouring Wiltshire's Local Planning Inspector has written last week to Wiltshire to tell them that they are 7,000 dwellings short within their local plan, and he will find their plan unsound if they cannot produce evidence to show where these 7,000 dwellings will be located. So Mr Sumner does not have a heart attack. I hope he is sitting down. FACT is there will be planning applications for 8,400 dwellings submitted in the next few months within the Eastern Villages by various developers. FACT is there will be planning applications on land which is not yet identified within the Draft Local Plan. In fact he may find he has a conflict of interest shortly.[/p][/quote]Fully support most of the expansion - what I don't quite understand is why anyone (developers/landowne rs excepted) they think its ok to do this without the money for infrastructure? Does that sound odd? People in North and West Swindon deeply regret the fact that the Mead Way link wasn't done when the 10,000 homes were built in the North? Wichelstowe has ground to a halt because of infrastructure. I'm not a NIMBY just deeply against people who want to trash the countryside without the safeguards required for existing and new communities. The planning inspectors 'principle concern' was lack of funding fir infrastructure - should East Swindon residents expect 15 years of misery he asked Swindon Borough Council? Progress yes - at any cost - NO Eastern Badger

10:18pm Wed 11 Dec 13

easternsideoftown says...

Was the word 'misery' used by the planning inspector? ... Unlikely. Political spin?
Was the word 'misery' used by the planning inspector? ... Unlikely. Political spin? easternsideoftown

11:33pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Eastern Badger says...

It was used - witnessed by many landowners including the owners of Redlands and the point was well made by the Government inspector tasked with assessing the soundness of Swindon's plan. Whilst some landowners in Wiltshire might be excited about Wiltshire bring required it build more homes it is a bigger area and other councils have had local plans found UNSOUND.

The NPPF also requires developments to be 'deliverable'.
It was used - witnessed by many landowners including the owners of Redlands and the point was well made by the Government inspector tasked with assessing the soundness of Swindon's plan. Whilst some landowners in Wiltshire might be excited about Wiltshire bring required it build more homes it is a bigger area and other councils have had local plans found UNSOUND. The NPPF also requires developments to be 'deliverable'. Eastern Badger

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