Crest Nicholson South West showed off the layout for the first 120 houses proposed for the 1,695 home development at Tadpole Farm at North Swindon Library on 22 July.
This followed discussions with councillors and members of a number of community groups about the design codes to be followed when detailed planning applications are submitted.
The 143 hectare site also includes 5ha of employment land, a local centre, primary school, public open space including a common, cricket pitch and three access roads.
Pictured: Alison Carr with her children Lucie, Samantha and Toby viewing the plan for the first phase of Tadpole Farm with Dave Archer from pad design.
The plans are designed around the idea of a ‘garden village’ where housing is framed by green spaces which will cover over 60 per cent of the site. Crest showed tree lined avenues and generous parking for each house across the site.
One of the first aspects of the build will be to insert access points to the housing area on Tadpole Lane which will reduce vehicle speed.
A planning application for a primary school to satisfy demand across North Swindon will also be one of the early proposals.
Viewing the plans Alison Carr from Haydon End said: “I like the look of the layout; I wouldn’t mind living there, but I’m concerned that Crest have to deliver their plans.”
Husband Andrew said that he was worried that Crest would change their plans. “At Redhouse village centre they originally proposed community facilities but then changed this to high density housing, which has increased pressure on infrastructure. You have to ask whether the promises will be kept.”
Julie Johnson-Little from Redhouse, pictured above with Crest planning consultant Sarah Foster agreed. “Redhouse village centre is very disappointing; the lack of a pub after all these years is a disgrace. The plan for Tadpole Farm looks good and I imagine the houses will sell quickly, but the pressure on the current road network is going to increase greatly – it’s a worry.”
The plans for the first phase of development can be seen at North Swindon library and online at the Swindon Council planning website: www.bit.ly/TFplanapplic
Crest hope to start construction at the end of the year or early 2014.
Pictured right, the layout of the first stage of the development, below, a street scene envisaged at Tadpole Farm