Store’s road plan is put in spotlight

This Is Wiltshire: Aldi property developer Ben Shotter outside Westlea campus, where the company is hoping to build a new store Aldi property developer Ben Shotter outside Westlea campus, where the company is hoping to build a new store

PLANS for German retail giant Aldi’s development at the old Westlea Campus will go before full planning as road fears look to have been smoothed over following a full audit.

Residents near the site have welcomed the brownfield development, but voiced concerns about road safety and traffic congestion around the proposed access point in Shaw Road.

Last month an independent audit was carried out by Entran Ltd, which made a number of recommendations to improve safety on the busy roads nearby, including Shaw Road and Mead Way.

Rob Williams, of Entran Ltd, said: “A site visit was undertaken on July 10 between the hours of 6.30pm and 7pm.

“The reduced length of the central reserve at the entrance to petrol filling station will encourage right turn to access petrol station. Recommendation is to monitor right turn traffic and introduce restriction if necessary.

“It is proposed to have a mini right turn lane within the central hatched area. The existing kerb alignment pushes eastbound traffic into the centre risking collision with stationary vehicles.”

Other recommendations will include adding additional lengths of footpath and cutting back vegetation to improve visibility and safety for pedestrians accessing the site.”

Aldi said the separate access point in Shaw Road was vital.

A spokesman said: “Careful consideration has been given to the orientation of the store and the site layout, which has been informed by an appraisal of the site, its context and existing features.

“The operational and servicing requirements of the store are also an important factor informing the proposed layout.

“In order to make efficient use of the site the store has been located running parallel with Mead Way. This location allows the glazed shop-front elevation to face the entrance from Shaw Road and Mead Way.

“There are good existing cycle and pedestrian links along Shaw Road. This will be consolidated within the site layout by providing an accessible pedestrian path from Shaw Road and Mead Way, which recognises the natural desire line into the site.”

Kevin Fisher, chairman of the Shaw Residents’ Association, said there were still worries.

“I cannot see any fundamental changes to the design, and there are still concerns that the junction is going to be complex situated as it is close to the island in Shaw Road, which is designed to stop people coming out,” he said.

“That will have to be shortened for truck access to the site.

“The best solution is to use Chelmsford Road as an access point. That is the access road at the moment which used to take you into the site for the old office blocks.

“What they have said is that Aldi needs to have its own entrance and Chelmsford Road will be used for residential traffic.

“I understand it is going to go to full planning, so it will be down to our councillors to decide whether it is safe or not.

“A viable alternative would be to widen Shaw Road, particularly as traffic volumes will increase, and we believe Cartwright Drive will become more of a rat-run.

“They have said they do not think there is going to be a problem, but there have been no substantial changes to the design and we feel there will be increased congestion and some dangers considering the garage located opposite.”

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8:53am Sat 9 Aug 14

leafy1 says...

This'll be a kick in the teeth for Asda up the road.
This'll be a kick in the teeth for Asda up the road. leafy1
  • Score: 6

9:40am Sat 9 Aug 14

Wigmeister says...

Good use of a brownfield site and I'm looking forward to having an Aldi in West Swindon. A bit late to start picking holes in the road layout bearing in mind they've already demolished the old office blocks and are clearing the site.
Good use of a brownfield site and I'm looking forward to having an Aldi in West Swindon. A bit late to start picking holes in the road layout bearing in mind they've already demolished the old office blocks and are clearing the site. Wigmeister
  • Score: 6

2:08pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Richard Symonds says...

I welcome the Aldi development of this site, but I do not welcome yet another intersection on the 122 yards on Shaw Road between Mead Way and Chelmsford Road directly opposite to the Petrol Station entrance which will become a right turn exit as well.

This flies in the face of sensible road planning and is a recipe for Accidents to vehicles which could involve pedestrians as well trying to access the store.

I hope Planning chuck it out, but on the basis of previous experience expect them to pass the plans as they exist presently without any conditions. I dare the Planning Committee to prove me wrong and to justify their existence.
I welcome the Aldi development of this site, but I do not welcome yet another intersection on the 122 yards on Shaw Road between Mead Way and Chelmsford Road directly opposite to the Petrol Station entrance which will become a right turn exit as well. This flies in the face of sensible road planning and is a recipe for Accidents to vehicles which could involve pedestrians as well trying to access the store. I hope Planning chuck it out, but on the basis of previous experience expect them to pass the plans as they exist presently without any conditions. I dare the Planning Committee to prove me wrong and to justify their existence. Richard Symonds
  • Score: -1

2:14pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Richard Symonds says...

Wigmeister wrote:
Good use of a brownfield site and I'm looking forward to having an Aldi in West Swindon. A bit late to start picking holes in the road layout bearing in mind they've already demolished the old office blocks and are clearing the site.
I agree Wigmeister that this is a good use of a brownfield site.

Had you been following this issue, since it entered the public domain, you would be aware that myself and others had previously objected to the toad layout, but despite this being registered on the Borough's Planning site no notice whatsoever seems to have been taken of it in the supposedly revised plans!!

Hence my dare to the Planning Committee to throw it out!!

Which they won't.
[quote][p][bold]Wigmeister[/bold] wrote: Good use of a brownfield site and I'm looking forward to having an Aldi in West Swindon. A bit late to start picking holes in the road layout bearing in mind they've already demolished the old office blocks and are clearing the site.[/p][/quote]I agree Wigmeister that this is a good use of a brownfield site. Had you been following this issue, since it entered the public domain, you would be aware that myself and others had previously objected to the toad layout, but despite this being registered on the Borough's Planning site no notice whatsoever seems to have been taken of it in the supposedly revised plans!! Hence my dare to the Planning Committee to throw it out!! Which they won't. Richard Symonds
  • Score: -3

2:33pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Melgee says...

Isn't the question more to ask is why do we need yet another supermarket when there is ASDA and Sainsbury's close by and Lidle not too far away?
Cartwight Drive will see a large surge in traffic on a road never designed to take anything more than residential traffic.
Isn't the question more to ask is why do we need yet another supermarket when there is ASDA and Sainsbury's close by and Lidle not too far away? Cartwight Drive will see a large surge in traffic on a road never designed to take anything more than residential traffic. Melgee
  • Score: -8

8:54pm Sat 9 Aug 14

timt1964 says...

here we go again!! does anyone swindon want anything built?! all the concerns about traffic are unfounded as usual,just local councillors trying to justify their totally powerless positions.build it and they will come! me included.
here we go again!! does anyone swindon want anything built?! all the concerns about traffic are unfounded as usual,just local councillors trying to justify their totally powerless positions.build it and they will come! me included. timt1964
  • Score: 4

9:53pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Wowzimmer says...

Melgee wrote:
Isn't the question more to ask is why do we need yet another supermarket when there is ASDA and Sainsbury's close by and Lidle not too far away?
Cartwight Drive will see a large surge in traffic on a road never designed to take anything more than residential traffic.
Melgee, although there does seem to be quite a few supermarkets within a close proximity, one can only imagine that Aldi have done their homework and decided that there is a market for their brand in this location.

As one of the market changing supermarkets I'm sure that many local residents will be very pleased with offer that Aldi provides.

I'm a regular user of this stretch of road and I don't recognise the fears of traffic chaos cited by some commentators. However, I would hasten to add that those with concerns are best placed to contest the planning permission through the local authority direct. It is in everyones best interests to get road design right now.
[quote][p][bold]Melgee[/bold] wrote: Isn't the question more to ask is why do we need yet another supermarket when there is ASDA and Sainsbury's close by and Lidle not too far away? Cartwight Drive will see a large surge in traffic on a road never designed to take anything more than residential traffic.[/p][/quote]Melgee, although there does seem to be quite a few supermarkets within a close proximity, one can only imagine that Aldi have done their homework and decided that there is a market for their brand in this location. As one of the market changing supermarkets I'm sure that many local residents will be very pleased with offer that Aldi provides. I'm a regular user of this stretch of road and I don't recognise the fears of traffic chaos cited by some commentators. However, I would hasten to add that those with concerns are best placed to contest the planning permission through the local authority direct. It is in everyones best interests to get road design right now. Wowzimmer
  • Score: 2

11:28pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Alan Bast*rd says...

Wasn't it busier when the police station was near there?
The new shop is a guaranteed success. Will be most welcome in west Swindon where asda currently have the monopoly
Wasn't it busier when the police station was near there? The new shop is a guaranteed success. Will be most welcome in west Swindon where asda currently have the monopoly Alan Bast*rd
  • Score: 2

9:29am Sun 10 Aug 14

house on the hill says...

Melgee wrote:
Isn't the question more to ask is why do we need yet another supermarket when there is ASDA and Sainsbury's close by and Lidle not too far away?
Cartwight Drive will see a large surge in traffic on a road never designed to take anything more than residential traffic.
We always need more competition, it's what keeps prices down and more jobs in the town! Or do you think monopolies where they can charge what they like because we have no option are the way to go? As for the layout, we all know the planners are a bunch of idiots (apart from when money may be involved) so did you really expect anything else?
[quote][p][bold]Melgee[/bold] wrote: Isn't the question more to ask is why do we need yet another supermarket when there is ASDA and Sainsbury's close by and Lidle not too far away? Cartwight Drive will see a large surge in traffic on a road never designed to take anything more than residential traffic.[/p][/quote]We always need more competition, it's what keeps prices down and more jobs in the town! Or do you think monopolies where they can charge what they like because we have no option are the way to go? As for the layout, we all know the planners are a bunch of idiots (apart from when money may be involved) so did you really expect anything else? house on the hill
  • Score: 2

12:36am Mon 11 Aug 14

greenpacer says...

I thought the idea was to locate it in the business park on the opposite side of Mead Way.
I thought the idea was to locate it in the business park on the opposite side of Mead Way. greenpacer
  • Score: -1

5:38pm Mon 11 Aug 14

EmmBee says...

I'd have increased the size of the roundabout onto Mead Way and put an access road into that; it's got a horrible dip in one side anyway and could do with a revamp.
I'd have increased the size of the roundabout onto Mead Way and put an access road into that; it's got a horrible dip in one side anyway and could do with a revamp. EmmBee
  • Score: 1

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