Oakhurst Residents’ Association holds public meeting: 11 January
Crest Homes and Swindon Council planners have broadly agreed that 1,690 houses could be built at Tadpole Farm, but this figure might change when Swindon’s cabinet makes a policy decision in January, or later when Crest submit a planning application.
Crest has agreed to look at building houses on the northern edge of the site and only make a connection to Tadpole Lane and Oakhurst Way towards the end of the development period. This means construction traffic during the build phase and new home owners’ vehicles will be directed via a new link road to the north east to join the road and tunnel under the A419 which joins Blunsdon Village and the Chapel Farm landfill. This may be subject to agreement by the Highways Agency.
Tadpole Lane will continue to be used by existing traffic. No link is currently proposed to Adinsall Road/Eastbury Way in Redhouse. Reopening Lady Lane to vehicles is no longer an option and it is now officially a bridleway. Oakhurst Way will not be widened as the green area beside it is designated open space and part of flood mitigation measures in North Swindon.
Abbey Meads councillor Vera Tomlinson said the discussion between the council and Crest had been productive and she hoped that they will be able to deliver on the outline agreements. “Considering that just over a year ago Crest was suggesting the site could accommodate 2,500 or more houses, I think it’s good news that they are looking at a high quality lower density development that local councillors argued for. I am encouraged that they have said they want to include a great deal of green space across the Tadpole Farm site and Tadpole Lane is to be redeveloped as a ‘green lane’ to reduce traffic speed.”
But Jeff Hill, chair of Oakhurst Residents’ Association, said he was very worried that the important design decisions for Oakhurst Way might be put off. “We feel an increasing and grievous concern for the people of Oakhurst. What we feared is coming true. The plan for how traffic will use Oakhurst Way in the future needs to be sorted out before Crest submit a planning application for Tadpole Farm – not at some point in the future after house occupation has started. It’s just too easy for assurances given now to be reinterpreted later.
“Let’s not forget, ten years ago the master plan for North Swindon did not even include extending the development into the land at Tadpole Farm. In fact the proposal only appeared about five years ago.
“I’m also very concerned that Crest carried out a survey of traffic use of Oakhurst Way during half term. The data will be distorted; we must ensure a new survey is undertaken to show how the road is used during term time.”
Oakhurst Residents’ Association is holding a public meeting for anybody concerned about the development on Tuesday 11 January, 7.30pm, at Oakhust Primary School, in advance of pre-application consultations to be undertaken by Crest.
Association members will be distributing a leaflet closer to the meeting and they are asking people living in St Andrew’s Ridge to raise awareness of the potential effects of Tadpole Farm traffic on their area. To offer to distribute information, mail Stephanie Exell: email@example.com