Taylor Wimpey Developments Ltd has submitted an outline planning application to Wiltshire Council for a mixed use development on 29.6ha of land at Ridgeway Farm to the north of West Swindon
The application is for up to 800 dwellings including 30 per cent affordable dwellings, a one form entry primary school, 560sqm for healthcare facilities, green infrastructure for open space and nature conservation purposes, and landscape, road, drainage, pedestrian, cycle and servicing infrastructure.
The application can be found at the Wiltshire Council web site In the quick search box quote: 10/04575/OUT.
Taylor Wimpey through their Swindon agents DPDS state the application is prepared in accordance with national, regional and local planning policy – in particular the adopted Wiltshire and Swindon Structure Plan which required 1,000 new homes to be built to the west of Swindon, 200 of which are now under construction at Moredon Bridge.
Public consultation events took place in North Wiltshire in 2009,including a belated and poorly publicised presentation in West Swindon. Dr Richard Pagett of Ps & Qs (Purton’s Sustainability Group) said, "the documents make little or no concession to the many problems pointed out at the exhibitions last year; it demonstrated this earlier consultation was pointless and wasted everyone’s time.
"With so many houses already allocated and yet to be built, to seek planning permission for hundreds more is just a cynical use of the planning system and indicates the disdain that the applicant has for the people most affected.
“To quote from the application: ‘the area retains a rural quality and a feeling of being detached from the urban area.’
“Another quote: ‘The site forms an extension of rural surroundings to the north and east rather than the urban landscape to the west and south and is fairly typical within this context due to its rural character.’”
“We agree with these statements. It’s exactly why it is totally inappropriate for Ridgeway Farm to be bolted on to Swindon as an urban extension.”
Over 300 people sent in their objections to Wiltshire Council planning department. Purton’s Sustainability Group Purton Ps & Qs also raised a petition of 633 names calling for the plan to be rejected. Dr Pagett said, "Swindon Borough Council, Lydiard Millicent Parish Council, Purton Parish Council, Swindon councillors representing West of Swindon wards, Wiltshire unitary councillors, MPs from Swindon and North Wiltshire, the Ps and Qs committee and hundreds of residents in the vicinity of the proposed development have written to the planners to say this application is unnecessary and unwarranted. Let’s hope that the planning officers hear, understand and recommend refusal."
Swindon and Purton to get closer if the plan is accepted: