Concern at lack of detail in 2,380-home plans

This Is Wiltshire: Sylvia Brown, vice chairman of South Marston Parish Council Sylvia Brown, vice chairman of South Marston Parish Council

SOUTH Marston Parish Council are becoming frustrated with what they see as a lack of co-operation from developers for a proposed 2,380-home expansion.

The application, which was submitted in November of last year, would see an area four times the size of the village marked out for new housing.

While negotiations continue, the parish council hopes its own housing blueprint can be confirmed before a concrete plan is agreed.

The council’s vice chairman Sylvia Brown said: “We are not getting the co-operation we deserve.

“We have been talking to developers for three years. Every time we ask them to do something in order to move to the next stage they came back with something else.

“We have had outline applications in the past where significant issues have been glossed over in the detailed application. They are relying on the lack of conditions on outline planning permission to get away with it. That cannot happen with a development of this size.”

Objections lodged by the parish council include a lack of detail in the road network and fears around drainage and flooding.

”We are not objecting to the plans because they are premature, we are simply objecting to the proposals put forward,” Sylvia said.

“The infrastructure in terms of road networks and facilities are inadequate to provide what is required under the Local Plan. The plan is going for examination in public in May, and it is likely this won’t be determined before then because there is so much work to be done. We are happy for it not to be rejected but for discussions to continue.”

A spokesman for David Lock Associates, agents for the application, said: “The area to the east of Swindon has been identified as a potential area for growth for a number of years.

“The Local Plan is being examined by a planning inspector and one area that he will scrutinise will be the deliverability of schemes identified in the plan to meet the housing requirement for Swindon.”

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7:29am Mon 17 Feb 14

Wildwestener says...

Get used to it guys; apparently local people have absolutely no say in what gets built in their area (see Ridgeway Farm for example where all local authorities, MPs and locals don't want it built because of impact on already overstretched infrastructure - just ends up with Eric Pickles who says build it anyway).
As Jim Royle would say, "Democracy my A**"
Get used to it guys; apparently local people have absolutely no say in what gets built in their area (see Ridgeway Farm for example where all local authorities, MPs and locals don't want it built because of impact on already overstretched infrastructure - just ends up with Eric Pickles who says build it anyway). As Jim Royle would say, "Democracy my A**" Wildwestener

9:01am Mon 17 Feb 14

A.Baron-Cohen says...

All other parts of Swindon have already taken some of the growth burden, maybe it is time for South Marston to play its fair share in the growth of the Town.
All other parts of Swindon have already taken some of the growth burden, maybe it is time for South Marston to play its fair share in the growth of the Town. A.Baron-Cohen

1:23pm Mon 17 Feb 14

twasadawf says...

hope the houses are of an amphibious design as a lot of the area is a flood plain
hope the houses are of an amphibious design as a lot of the area is a flood plain twasadawf

6:54pm Mon 17 Feb 14

leafy1 says...

I wouldn't want to be buying a house there unless I had a boat in the garage
I wouldn't want to be buying a house there unless I had a boat in the garage leafy1

10:39pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Eastern Badger says...

South Marston fully support the development - it's just that the developers haven't been entirely straight and have as usual gone for more than was negotiated in good faith - a lesson there. And they think its worth an early permission without the infrastructure - I think not - selling out far too cheaply.
South Marston fully support the development - it's just that the developers haven't been entirely straight and have as usual gone for more than was negotiated in good faith - a lesson there. And they think its worth an early permission without the infrastructure - I think not - selling out far too cheaply. Eastern Badger

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