West Swindon councillor Nick Martin is worried that if Crest Homes’ plan for 1,700 homes at Tadpole Farm, north of Oakhurst and Redhouse is not approved, there is a good chance that Taylor Wimpey’s scheme for 700 homes at Ridgeway Farm will get the go-ahead at a planning appeal, to the disadvantage of Swindon.
“Local planning authorities are required to show that they have a five year supply of development land and the agreed Swindon core planning strategy has identified development sites, including Tadpole Farm, to achieve this,” said Nick.
“Wiltshire Council has been told Ridgeway Farm is not needed to satisfy Swindon’s future housing requirement, Taylor Wimpey have already stated the opposite in their appeal documents.
“The point is that the infrastructure for Tadpole Farm is in place and it will satisfy the needs of people who travel north on the A419 and to M4 Junction 15. I believe the number trying to access the west will be limited. Swindon Council can make demands on Crest to deliver the necessary infrastructure improvements.
“By contrast getting Taylor Wimpey to contribute significant improvements to Swindon’s infrastructure will be very difficult, yet the majority of people at Ridgeway Farm will impose major pressure on Swindon’s infrastructure. Road improvements in Wiltshire will just make it easier for drivers from the north to filter through West Swindon. For example the amount of traffic using Swinley Drive, Peatmoor and roads through Shaw is predicted to increase by 88 per cent.
“I hope Swindon’s planning committee consider the wider implications of Tadpole Farm so that the case for unnecessary development at Ridgeway Farm can be strongly argued at the planning appeal in May.”
Pictured, the Ridgeway Farm site which Nick Martin wants to prevent