Since MP Robert Buckland’s open letter, Taylor Wimpey has responded to increasing concerns about their 62 house development plans.
*Following a public meeting held on Monday, Strain Power of Taylor Wimpey has released the following statement regarding the plans:
“We have been working closely with local residents, as well as key stakeholders over our proposals for 62 much needed new homes in Swindon. As residents will be aware, Taylor Wimpey have now submitted our proposals, which include 19 affordable homes Swindon Borough Council.
“Since our proposals were first released, Taylor Wimpey has ensured we have delivered a range of opportunities for local people to have their say on our plans. This has included a public exhibition, leaflet drops, one to one meetings with residents, including one session facilitated by Robert Buckland MP.
“We have also spoken directly to over 2,500 households, of which the vast majority support the need for new homes, especially for younger people to have a sustainable future in Swindon.
“The Swindon Borough Council Local Plan requires 1,625 houses to be built each year until 2026 to meet its housing needs. This site will go some way to meeting this demand and will be considered a ‘windfall’ site by Swindon Council. The site will provide nearly £240,000 in Infrastructure payments and up to £600,000 in New Homes Bonus, all of which will deliver services and infrastructure improvements within Swindon.
“We have worked hard to address local concerns about issues including drainage, with our drainage proposals now considered acceptable by Swindon Borough Council. We will continue to work with the Council’s expert officers on mitigation measures for any area where this is required, however we are confident our proposals will enhance the local area.
“The Taylor Wimpey team remain committed to working with local residents throughout the planning process and we will continue to inform, and update over the coming weeks.
“If residents do have any questions, please contact our community engagement officer by email at firstname.lastname@example.org”.
*Link for further details about the public meeting.