Shaw Residents’ Association are calling on people living in West and North Swindon to express objections to plans submitted to Wiltshire Council by Taylor Wimpey for the first roads and houses to be built at Ridgeway Farm.
Although outline approval for the 700 home development to the north of Peatmoor and Sparcells – in Wiltshire – was given at a public inquiry last November, planning permission must be given on the detail for the each stage of the development.
The first two applications have been submitted but Shaw Residents’ Association believes both will create significantly more traffic chaos across West Swindon, particularly around the north Sparcells roundabout on Mead Way and on Swinley Drive.
Association chair Kevin Fisher, who spoke of his worries about the major impact from increased traffic at the public enquiry in May 2012, says there are alternative designs that Taylor Wimpey could adopt which would not have such an impact compared to their proposals.
“Time is running out and we need community support,” he said. “It is your last chance; please do not ignore this request. If large numbers of residents register their objections, we may succeed in having the plans re-drawn.
“If you don’t act now, it is very likely Taylor Wimpey will have their proposals approved by Wiltshire’s planning committee and the SRA predictions of traffic chaos in the near future will become real.”
To register your objections:
1. Go to the Ridgeway Farm page at www.shawresidents.org.uk/ridgeway-farm and follow the instructions for both applications.
2. Send an email to the Wiltshire County Council case officer Lee Burman. Include your full name and address in your email and the application number noted on the n (ending in REM).
Shaw Residents’ Association view on the overall infrastructure application for the whole of the Ridgeway Farm Development (above).
The deadline for views on Application13/01141/REM is 11 July.
‘Documents submitted by Taylor Wimpey to the public inquiry held in 2012 clearly noted the spine road through Ridgeway Farm to be 7.3 metres wide.
‘Unknown to the public, including those who attended the inquiry, this design feature was changed in private meetings between Swindon and Wiltshire council and Taylor Wimpey whilst the inquiry was underway. We believe this part of the public inquiry process was deeply flawed and as such wish to register our objection to this infrastructure application and to the outcome of the Inquiry
‘We are of the firm opinion that the proposed road width, which is now an average of just 6.5 meters, together with parked vehicles along its length, many house frontages and pedestrian crossings will create serious traffic congestion problems both through the new development and on surrounding roads including Mead Way in Swindon and as such ask that the spine road be re-designed.’
Shaw Residents’ Association view on the application for the first residential area proposed for Ridgeway Farm. Plan right.
The deadline for views on Application 13/01615/REM is 18 July.
‘The Wiltshire local transport plan on page 27 describes how many parking bays should be allocated per household based on the number of bedrooms. By using this requirement and comparing it to the planned development, it states there should be a total of 501 bays split between the 218 households – the application
is only allowing for 410 – e.g. 18% fewer spaces are being allocated than Wiltshire’s own guidelines require.
‘We believe on road parking is going to be a serious issue for this development and further exacerbate the road congestion predictions made by the SRA along with the dangers poor parking will pose to all road and pavement users. As such we object to this application on the grounds that it does not provide the required
number of parking bays.’
Taylor Wimpey site with plans for Ridgeway Farm: www.ridgeway-farm.co.uk
Pictured right, heavy traffic at Sparcells North roundabout in May 2013