North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson believes detailed plans for the redevelopment of Abbey Stadium and the houses proposed for St Andrew’s Ridge are not far off – and with Swindon Robins winning the Elite League in late October, he thinks the time is right to give them a reason to keep winning.
“I understand the legal issues to do with land values from the change of use for the site from light industrial to housing have now been resolved; it means the developer can move forward,” he said.
To ensure continuity the developers are required to build a new stadium before the old one is redeveloped.
Justin added: “Swindon Robins’ success becoming Elite League Champions for the first time in 45 years is absolutely fantastic news for our town
“Only five years ago the Robins seemed set to lose their home. In my former role as an Abbey Meads ward councillor, I stood shoulder to shoulder with Robins fans, leading the campaign to not only save their home, but also to secure a new, modern and much-improved stadium as part of the proposed development.
“The whole town rallied round to secure their future, and this victory shows that it really was worth it. We should all be very proud of the efforts of Swindon’s speedway community, and congratulate the team who have now secured their place in Speedway history.
“A new stadium and a replacement covered market is central to the plan; I look forward to seeing the details the developers put forward.
"Parking will be a key issue so that it doesn’t overflow into nearby housing areas. The developers and the borough council must discussed this before detail proposals come forward.”
He added Persimmon Homes will be developing the first phase of housing on the site.
Residents of St Andrew’s Ridge looking at the original plans for the stadium redevelopment in 2007