The proposals for the development of land between Coate Water Country Park, the Great Western Hospital and the M4 motorway were put on display at the end of April and comments are being invited by Swindon Council?s planning department.
The Gateway Project identifies sites for a campus for the University of Bath for 10,000 students, including accommodation for 3,000, space for 1,800 houses and a business park.
A primary school and local shopping units will also be built.
Planning inspectors looking at the Swindon Structure Plan to 2016 agreed that development at Coate could take place without further Government consideration.
But opponents to development on more of Swindon?s green fields have collected over 15,000 signatures and will be stepping up their campaign to block the project. They say the land next to Coate Water should be kept free of building to preserve the historic and literary connections with Coate-born writer Richard Jefferies. They believe the proposals show inadequate separation between the new development and the country park and its Site of Special Scientific Interest, and will generally be detrimental to wildlife. They also think the university buildings will dominate views from Coate Water which will be turned into a glorified ?duck pond?.
The Swindon Civic Trust, which ran a competition last year which identified Coate Water as the town?s favourite place, has come up with an alternative plan for locating the university in the town centre, as originally proposed in a town centre regeneration plan in the late 1990s.
See the Swindon Gateway scheme at the planning office at Premier House, Station Road, ref: SO5\0475 & SO5\0476 or at:
The case against the development can be found at:www.savecoate.org.uk