Primegate Properties (Hooknorth) Ltd., through its agents DPDS, have submitted a formal planning application to Swindon Council to build 175 houses in association with Bovis Homes on the last remaining green field off Hook Street between Grange Park and Lydiard Country Park. This is a reduction from the 210 proposed in March.
Les Durrant of DPDS said, “we have incorporated suggestions from the public particularly on the density of the site. The new government has removed the requirement to plan for 35 dwellings per acre which was never appropriate for this site. The revised application is more in keeping with the lower density of developments of the 1980s.
“We’ve always maintained that this site was designated for housing in the original master plan for West Swindon and we are proposing a sympathetic development for it.”
However Grange Park resident Troy Wilson said, “whether it’s 210 or 175 houses, the development is inappropriate for an area accessing Hook Street which already has inadequate capacity.”
Freshbrook & Grange Park councillor Michael Bray said, “little has changed, despite the reduction in the number of houses proposed. The development could generate up to another 500 cars which is untenable. The Hook Street field must remain green.”
South Swindon MP Robert Buckland said, “this is a slight variation to an application that threatens the integrity of Lydiard as a Country Park and which lies outside the development boundary for Swindon. I will continue to oppose this proposal.”
Pictured, top: The Primegate/Bovis proposal is for the green field off Hook Street (right of picture), on the edge of Grange Park.
Below, 1982, when there were no houses off Hook Street (right), with, centre, The Cornflower at Freshbrook Centre (now The Windmill)