A PROPOSAL to change the planning conditions for the Tadpole Farm Development passed the council’s planning committee last night, despite objections being raised.

Developers want to use Tadpole and Lady Lane to build a new primary school on the site, which the council say is desperately needed.

When the development was given permission, one of the conditions is that an access route from Ermin Street would be built but this will now not be completed in time for the school to open in September.

Blunsdon Parish Council objected on the grounds that the new route is not safe due to its width and sharp bends.

However, the change was voted through unanimously by councillors who felt that while the change was not ideal it was necessary so the school could be built in time.

“The need for school places in North Swindon has caused us quite a dilemma,” said Coun Vera Tomlinson (Con, St Andrews).

“If the Tadpole and Lady Lane are not used then we will not have the school in time for September, which is only nine months away.”

A section of Tadpole is currently closed while it is upgraded to cope with HGVs and is due to remain so until next month.