Housing developers Taylor Wimpey have sent hundreds of letters to residents in West Swindon and in North Wiltshire providing an update on their plans for Ridgeway Farm and explaining their financial contribution to community projects.
They say: ‘As a considerate, responsible house builder, we are keen to keep local people informed about our activity in the community, and this letter aims to bring you up to date with the work we have been doing and what is coming up soon.’
Outline planning permission for 700 homes on the edge of north west Swindon, on the site in Wiltshire was approved in November 2012 after considerable opposition from people living in Purton parish in Wiltshire, residents of Swindon, councillors and MPs from both areas.
Detailed planning permission was given for the first 218 houses to be built in December 2013, along with permission to build a primary school which was originally proposed for September 2014, before it was delayed for a year. It won’t now be completed until May 2016.
Work started in January this year on constructing an access road to the first block of homes, with sewers and utilities. The fine details regarding the development are being agreed with Wiltshire Council planners before housebuilding starts in the later Spring.
The site will have a mixture of two, three, four and five bedroom houses, with 30 per cent – 210 homes – classed as affordable properties. Access will be from Mead Way, and also through West Swindon via Swinley Drive.
Two regional Taylor Wimpey offices – Oxfordshire and Bristol – will be involved in the development of Ridgeway Farm. ‘Greenfields’ will be operated by the Oxfordshire office and ‘West Point’ by Taylor Wimpey Bristol.
Taylor Wimpey have agreed with Wiltshire Council and Swindon Borough Council to make financial contributions to a range highway improvements and community facilities.
£395,580 for road improvements
£75,950 towards the upgrade of Westlea fire station
£700,000 towards secondary education provision at Bradon Forest School, Purton, in addition to the building of Ridgeway Farm primary school
£365,000 towards improvements at Cricklade Leisure Centre and Link Centre in West Swindon
£170,200 to be spent on building changing rooms to serve the sports pitches at Mouldon Hill Park in North Swindon