Oakhurst resident Stephanie Exell has told The Link that Oakhurst Way could be widened to make it easier for traffic to access new housing to the north at Tadpole Farm.
She resigned her Moredon seat on Swindon Council because she could not agree to the way consultation on budget cutbacks was being undertaken. Having served on the borough’s planning committee, Stephanie has a recent and relevant insight into what’s been happening behind the scenes at the council.
Her particular worry is how North Swindon will cope with a large number of new houses where none were originally planned.
The December 2009 Link reported that Crest Homes, who own the land to the north of the present defined urban boundary, was demanding the right to build 2,500 houses – 1,000 more than was originally conceived in the Swindon Core Strategy. But after intervention by Justin Tomlinson, then Abbey Meads ward councillor and now North Swindon MP, Crest was told they had to accept 1,500 to 2,000 houses.
Click here for our coverage in December 2009.
Click here for our coverage in January 2010.
The Swindon Core Strategy is being rewritten and Tadpole Farm is likely to be included in the draft plan. Stephanie says Tadpole Farm would have a profound effect on Oakhurst. “At present Oakhurst Way is a narrow road with a wide swathe of green space and tree planting next to an attractive stream.
"To cope with the extra traffic from more housing there is a good chance we will be robbed of this fast maturing environmental feature. Oakhurst Way could become like Thamesdown Drive. The effect on our community would be considerable.”
She added that planners are looking at reopening Lady Lane to provide another channel for traffic.
• Stephanie is reviving Oakhurst Residents’ Assocation. To contact her mail: email@example.com
• Redhouse Residents’ Association will discuss Swindon’s new draft core strategy on Thursday 18 November. See details at www.redhouseresidents.org