Critics round on plans for homes and Tesco store

This Is Wiltshire: Hazel Newson with former Wootton Basset Mayor Mike Leighfield Hazel Newson with former Wootton Basset Mayor Mike Leighfield

SUPERMARKET giant Tesco have submitted a planning application for a new store and hundreds of homes in Royal Wootton Bassett despite fierce opposition from residents.

Leda Properties Limited and Tesco Stores Limited first showed an interest in developing the site to the west of the Marsh Farm Hotel, on land which is in the parish of Lydiard Tregoze, in February.

But proposals to build a 2,800 square metre supermarket, 320 new homes, a community hub of up to 500 square metres and a senior living development of 33 units alongside public open spaces and landscaping has divided opinion in the town.

Many residents oppose the plan, including former Royal Wootton Bassett Mayor Les Willis who said: “It’s just the most ridiculous thing anybody has come up with. It’s going to kill off the High Street totally.

“I have been just talking to people in the High Street and nobody wants it. There isn’t the infrastructure to support 300 more houses and we definitely don’t need or want the Tesco.”

But other residents, such as Alan Telling, believe that a new Tesco and extra housing will be of great benefit to the town.

The 31-year-old, of Lime Kiln, said: “I think I would shop there. I go to Asda for my shopping and it’s a long way to go if you have to go on the bus.”

Hazel Newson, chairman of the town’s business association, said: “We have had a mixed reaction to this application.

“Obviously a Tesco store may affect some of our traders more than others. We hope new homes will bring more customers to the town, but this comes at a cost of losing green space and increasing traffic on our roads.”

Sophie Akokhia, corporate affairs manager at Tesco, said: “The people we have spoken to have made it clear that there is not enough affordable housing in the area, and these new homes will mean that adults who are still living with their parents will be able to move into their own home in the area.

“The council’s own information shows that there is a need and a capacity for these homes and a new supermarket.

“It won’t compete against the High Street because the people who use their butcher and their greengrocers won’t change their habits just because there’s a new supermarket. We really support those specialised, independent shops that you find on the high street, and they attract a different kind of customer.

“It’s also going to create 150 new jobs, and I’ve had tons of applications being sent in.”

To view the plans, visit www.wiltshire.gov.uk/planning anddevelopment.htm and search for 14/08060/OUT.

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9:58am Mon 1 Sep 14

Bigstylie says...

No more houses!! Anywhere!!! Ever!!!!
No more houses!! Anywhere!!! Ever!!!! Bigstylie
  • Score: 8

1:19pm Mon 1 Sep 14

house on the hill says...

Bigstylie wrote:
No more houses!! Anywhere!!! Ever!!!!
Unless it is in someone else's back yard and then its fine!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Bigstylie[/bold] wrote: No more houses!! Anywhere!!! Ever!!!![/p][/quote]Unless it is in someone else's back yard and then its fine!!!! house on the hill
  • Score: -1

4:38pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Captain T says...

Build the store and houses in Swindon. Apparently you don't need any planning permission to live on public land, destroy anything you want and not have to pay council tax. The police will even provide parking for you!
Build the store and houses in Swindon. Apparently you don't need any planning permission to live on public land, destroy anything you want and not have to pay council tax. The police will even provide parking for you! Captain T
  • Score: 5

9:28pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Ollie Dognacky says...

🎈🎈Welcome to Swindon 😉
You'll soon be part of it🚽
🎈🎈Welcome to Swindon 😉 You'll soon be part of it🚽 Ollie Dognacky
  • Score: -1

10:13pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Mukkin says...

Ollie Dognacky wrote:
🎈🎈Welcome to Swindon 😉
You'll soon be part of it🚽
Obviously an IQ of a door knob :-D
[quote][p][bold]Ollie Dognacky[/bold] wrote: 🎈🎈Welcome to Swindon 😉 You'll soon be part of it🚽[/p][/quote]Obviously an IQ of a door knob :-D Mukkin
  • Score: 1

8:32pm Tue 2 Sep 14

pippathecat says...

No more new homes in Wootton Bassett please! It may mean outsiders come to the town. Or people on Wootton Bassett can buy affordable homes.
No please not another Supermarket we might be able to get a weeks shopping without going into the outside world.
Wootton Bassett has little, actually nothing to offer the young. Bring on new jobs, bring on opportunity. Make our town shine. It's 2014. Let's be more open to change.
No more new homes in Wootton Bassett please! It may mean outsiders come to the town. Or people on Wootton Bassett can buy affordable homes. No please not another Supermarket we might be able to get a weeks shopping without going into the outside world. Wootton Bassett has little, actually nothing to offer the young. Bring on new jobs, bring on opportunity. Make our town shine. It's 2014. Let's be more open to change. pippathecat
  • Score: 0

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