The North Swindon community has identified technical issues associated Crest Homes’ proposed development of 1,700 houses at Tadpole Farm: this time regarding sewage drainage capacity and the need for substantial infrastructure development.
Steph Exell of Oakhurst Residents’ Association (ORA), right, whose members have worked with other North Swindon community representatives to get to the bottom of issues relating to the water supply in the area, said: “As a statutory consultee Thames Water has not been allowed to object to the development application at Tadpole Farm. Yet in their evidence for the Core Strategy they state that the North Swindon sewer network is full to capacity.
“There has already been an incident where sewage backed up into houses when the Taw Hill pumping station broke down. Without infrastructure upgrades the risk of this happening again is high.
“Four hundred and fifty houses are proposed for St Andrew’s Ridge, next to Abbey Stadium and there is housing development taking place or proposed on both sides of Akers Way in Moredon. With the proposals for 700 houses at Ridgeway Farm in Wiltshire being considered, we want to know whether there have been sufficient cross-border discussions between the developers, Thames Water, Swindon and Wiltshire Council to deal with the infrastructure deficit.”
According to the Swindon Water Cycle Study conducted in 2007, the need for a further sewage treatment works was identified to prevent the quality of water in the area from deteriorating.
Steph is concerned that this requirement has been overlooked. “The Core Strategy says Barnfield sewage treatment works should be expanded and an additional sewage plant to serve the Eastern Development is needed, but it ignores the issues of treatment capability from other growth areas.”
However John Terry, managing director of Crest Strategic Projects says the Tadpole Farm plans were discussed with Thames Water who will be upgrading to the sewer network and treatment plant by Spring 2015.
• North Swindon Community Association meeting 7 March, 7pm, Haydon Wick Parish Council office, Thames Avenue to discuss Tadpole Farm, canal development and more