Members of Lydiard Heritage Action Group distributed more than 450 leaflets to participants at the weekly Park Run around Lydiard Park on Saturday 27 August asking runners to object to a proposed housing development one field away from the park boundary.
Taylor Wimpey, which has owned land on the edge of the park for over 30 years, has again submitted proposals to build houses on the site, this time for 48 houses off Tewkesbury Way, on the road to Lydiard Millicent village.
Addressing the runners before the 5k event took place, action group member Mike Bowden said: “Lydiard’s historic country setting is in danger of being turned into an urban park if the Taylor Wimpey application to Wiltshire Council is sucessful. Not only is it in clear sight of the road leading up to St Mary’s Church, this application if passed will open the floodgates to planning application to develop all the fields between West Swindon and Lydiard Millicent and beyond, as well as between Lydiard Park and the M4.”
Taylor Wimpey has committed to providing affordable homes within the application and proposes to give two fields to Lydiard Tregoze Parish Council who are considering using them for allotments and a cemetery.
LHAG is made up of representatives of Shaw Residents’ Association, the Friends of Lydiard Park and the Lydiard Park Heritage Trust, together with residents of Swindon and Lydiard Millicent in Wiltshire.
Both Swindon and Wiltshire Councils have their own development plans which equate to tens of thousands of new homes to be constructed by the middle of the next decade. Kevin Fisher, chair of Shaw Residents’ Association commented: “The plans for both authorities have been agreed and paid for by the people. They do not include building within the ‘essential setting’ of Lydiard Park and they explicitly state that there should be no further houses built to the west of Swindon.
“Given the number of new sites that have building consent across Swindon and Wiltshire, and the fact that many of those sites have been ‘Land Banked’, why are Taylor Wimpey so keen on this sensitive Heritage location?
“The answer is simple; they know that if they can win here, the flood gates are open and they can build anywhere they please.”
Read more about Taylor Wimpey’s plans
Read more about Lydiard Heritage Action Group, link to the planning application and how to register an objection at Shaw Residents’ Association
Pictured top, Kevin Fisher of LHAG distributing protest leaflets to park runners. Below, Mike Bowden of the Friends of Lydiard Park. Below, an aerial image illustrating how close the housing development would be to Lydiard Park