The public planning meeting for the Hab Oakus development at Pickard’s Small Field will now take place in November rather than on 18 October, as reported in the October edition of Swindon Link magazine – but you can find out more about Kevin McCloud's vision on 16 October (see below).
This event will be the final chance to comment on the scheme before it is submitted for planning permission.
The date will be announced in Swindon Link magazine and at swindonlink.com as soon it has been confirmed, with invitations posted to local residents living in the neighbourhoods near to Pickard’s Small Field.
Pickard’s Small Field, the former allotments site close to Cricklade Road, will comprise of some 200 new homes and is the first project by Hab Housing, the new residential development company established by TV presenter Kevin McCloud, above with Gorse Hill residents. The project is a joint venture with Oakus Wiltshire Ltd, part of the Green Square Group that also includes Westlea Housing, and Swindon Borough Council.
At a public consultation in early September, Kevin said the involving people living close to the site and the people of Gorse Hill had been central to the project. “We’re not just building houses, we are absolutely committed to building a community and enhancing the community which is already there.”
Over the last year Hab Oakus has worked closely with Swindon Borough Council to create beautifully-designed homes which are respectful towards its context and the environment. The aim is to set a benchmark for future development both in Swindon and across the UK.
The houses for sale and for rent, designed by Glenn Howell Associates, will far exceed present energy conservation standards. The development will also demonstrate urban planning innovations which are already proven in parts of Europe.
The area has poor drainage and a variety of methods will be used to prevent flooding on the site and further away. The project team has working closely with community and environmental groups to address flooding issues and improve woodland and open green space close by. The Wiltshire Wildlife Trust is developing plans to carry out improvements to the copse and brook adjacent to the site and to implement a community-led maintenance regime.
For more information on the community consultation and details of the public meetings, call Katie Scaife at Westlea Housing on 01249 466015 or mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
What is Kevin McCloud up to in Swindon?
Kevin McCloud and Isabel Allen will explain their plans for sustainable housing developments at Pickards Small Field) and Wichelstowe (the Front Garden).
Will the way they’re involving local people in the design of the Pinehurst project set the standard for other developers in Swindon? Can they really achieve Zero Carbon and Zero Waste affordably?
Hear what they have to say and discuss it over light refreshments at this Swindon Civic Trust event.
7.30 pm, Thursday 16 October at Heelis, Kemble Drive (the National Trust Central Office).
To reserve a place ring: 01793 495479 or 487154 or e-mail: email@example.com
£4 (incl light refreshments.) Free to Swindon Civic Trust members