Housing developers Crest Nicholson are holding a series of meetings and displays on their proposals to build around 1,700 houses and provide five hectares of employment land, community facilities and major open space areas for public use at Tadpole Farm.
Swindon Borough Council has included the site, north of Oakhurst and Redhouse, in its forward planning Core Strategy.
These concept plans can be seen on:
Saturday 12 March, 10am – 4pm: Isambard Community School, entry via rear door, next to Redoaks Primary School, off Redhouse Way, North Swindon
Monday 14 March, 7pm: West Swidon Forum in West Swindon Library, Link Centre
Monday 21 March, 11am – 7pm: North Swindon Library, North Swindon District Centre, Thamesdown Drive
Wednesday 23 March, 3pm – 8pm: Blunsdon Parish Hall
Thursday 24 March, 3pm – 8pm: Haydon Wick Parish Council offices, Thames Avenue
Above, Sarah Foster of SF Planning Link, right, who are coordinating the consultation exercise and Stephanie Exell of Oakhurst Residents’ Association which is very concerned about the amount of traffic that Tadpole Farm will generate and will flow through their area.
Right, Hans Van Bommel of New Master Planning discussing the ideas for Tadpole Farm to Abbey Meads dentist Ebrahim Iravani
What Tadpole Farm might look like
NEW Master Planning were appointed by Crest Nicholson in 2008 to prepare a concept plan and strategy leading to a detailed masterplan for a sustainable urban extension on the northern edge of Swindon. On its web site, New Master Planning says:
The site is currently on the edge of the urban area and is clearly defined by hills, ridges and floodplain to the north, east and west. It has good access to the town centre, to local employment, schools and facilities, and also has good access to the Cotswolds.
Our concept made virtue of this to create a sustainable ‘village’, which meets the social, economic and environmental objectives of the Council and client. The concept masterplan currently under preperation focuses on the delivery of a range of house types and the green infrastructure needed to create an ‘informal’ character with natural connections to the wider countryside, with a common area providing a focus for new and existing communities.
We are working with the wider Crest team, including specialists in landscape, transport, energy, planning and commercial delivery. The focus is on how to incorporate issues such as renewable energy, a rapid bus route to the town centre, allotments, and commercial space for new businesses and a sustainable ‘High Street’, whilst maintaining the integrity of the original ‘village’ concept supported by Crest.
We are working closely with Crest to develop bespoke house types to respond positively to the site and its landscape setting. This has involved a comprehensive character review of recent housing schemes and established settlements elsewhere in the country to identify best practice and successful development principles. The site is being promoted through the planning policy system and is identified as a preferred growth option in the emerging Core Strategy.
The masterplan shown was submitted to the Council in 2009 as part of the representations to the Core Strategy. Since that time we have been exploring alternative development layouts and connections to the town. The issues and options for the development will be subject to wide spread public consultation prior to the submission of any planning application.