SOUTH Swindon MP Robert Buckland is opposed to plans to build 62 new homes in Old Town as he believes it goes against Swindon Council’s housing policy.

Developer Taylor Wimpey has applied to the council for permission to construct the estate, which would be based in Croft Road, near Ambrose Road.

Mr Buckland believes the submission goes against housing boundary policy agreed after the Wichelstowe estate received planning permission.

He said: “The application is unwelcome and inappropriate.

“When Wichelstowe was proposed, it was agreed that there should be a green buffer between it and existing developments in Croft.

“This application rides roughshod over these considerations.

“It relates to land that falls outside the boundary of development in Swindon’s existing and local plans.”

Mr Buckland said he and coun Brian Mattock, who represents Old Town, had spoken to many residents who were opposed to the plans.

Coun Mattock said: “This is outside of the housing policy boundary and I will not be supporting the development.

“I’ve spoken to a number of concerned residents who would not welcome this development.”

The plans are currently out for public consultation and anyone wishing to comment has until June 20.

Anyone who wants to see the proposal can visit and search for the application which is numbered S/OUT/14/0859.