Planning applications for Sparcells and Shaw

21 April 2018

Click here for the SRA response to the Sparcells application

16 April 2018

Click here for the SRA response to the Shaw application

Click here for the SRA letter to West Swindon Parish Council ref both applications

4 April 2018

Sparcells – 6 dwellings at the site of the former Sparcells community centre. Reference S/18/0460

Shaw – 14 Dwellings at Pilgrim Close play area. Reference S/18/0461

To view all the documents and to make a comment, go to the SBC planning portal and search on the above references


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Neighbouring Parish Councils

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Shaw Village centre litter pick / garden tidy

Dates for 2018: 19 May, 23 June, 8 September, 13 October

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Shaw health walks every Monday 2pm

Meet at Lower Shaw Farm for a 2:15 start. The walk is for about 40 minutes.

Lydiard Park Heritage Trust and SBC Issue a Joint Press Statement

15 March 2018

Click here to go to the LPHT website for more information

Swindon Borough Council unilaterally abandons plans to transfer operational and management control of Lydiard Park to the Lydiard Park Heritage Trust

16 February 2018

After a 2.5 year outsourcing process Swindon Borough Council have unilaterally decided to abandon plans to transfer operational and management control of Lydiard Park to the Lydiard Park Heritage Trust and bring the process to an end. Their decision leaves Lydiard without an effective management team and at grave risk. Despite publically acknowledging they do not have the skills and experience to run such an important heritage asset, the Council has rejected the sustainable future offered by the charitable Trust.  The legal advice the Council used to justify their decision to the Trust, results from their own inaccurate disclosures made to all bidders in 2015/6, and suggests that the process was fatally flawed from the outset.

Please go to the Lydiard Park Heritage Trust website by clicking here to get the full story

Joint Statement for the protection of the ‘essential setting’ of Lydiard Park

25 January 2018

For many years speculative developers have attempted to gain planning permission for housing developments within the parks ‘essential setting’. The most recent attempt by Taylor Wimpey resulted in over 600 letters of objection from members of the public along with objections from community groups and statutory organisations. The outcry was so powerful that Taylor Wimpey withdrew their application just a few weeks before the scheduled target decision date.

Local authority officers must refer to policy and law in their decision making process for planning applications. Developers will invest proportionally greater resources in finding gaps in those policies and laws, which is why so many refused applications are won by developers at appeal.

We believe it is time, through local plans, tools available within the national planning policy framework, and by creating a conservation management plan, that the representative policies for Lydiard Park are strengthened. And, in so doing make it clear to any would-be developer that their chances of winning at appeal are very slender indeed, no matter how deep their pockets.

Furthermore, the designated essential setting identifies the minimum area required to protect the registered landscape. Our belief is that the area bordered by the M4 to the south, Hook to the west, Lydiard Millicent to the north and the existing urbanisation of Swindon to the east, should be protected from any further residential development or any other development which is unsympathetic to the character of the Historic Park, Garden, House and Church. Not only will that maintain the rural context of the grade II listed park for future generations, it will also serve to protect the small village identities of Hook and Lydiard Millicent.

Click here to download the joint statement

Click here for the letter sent to the CEO’s and Leaders of Wiltshire and Swindon Councils

Correspondence resulting from the above letter

Wiltshire Council emails and SRA responses (updated 9 Feb 2018) – click here

Swindon Council emails and SRA responses (updated 2 Feb 2018) – click here

Letter from Mr Renard and Mr Gilbert of SBC received 2 Feb 2018 – click here

SRA requests Parish Council action to improve the maintenance regime for Shaw village centre

24 January 2018

For many years we have worked hard to provide some degree of maintenance to the shrubs within the Shaw Village Centre and, at the same time, keep the area free from litter. We have struggled to get any support (in terms of actually helping) from the businesses that operate from the centre and have always hit a dead end when trying to understand the ownership split between SBC and the tenants maintenance contract. As a result it has been impossible to challenge the service level agreement set up between SBC and now West Swindon Parish Council and its grounds maintenance contractor.

With the help of Cllr Keith Williams, we now have a clear map detailing organisation responsibilities. Since Keith is also by chance the chair of the Parish’s planning and environment committee, we have written to him detailing the work and agreements that are, in our opinion, required to bring the village centre up to a decent standard.

The letter is available for download by clicking here.

We will post updates to this website as they occur.

Due diligence period for Lydiard Park Heritage Trust extended

23 November 2017

The talks between SBC and the Lydiard Park Heritage Trust over the future running of Lydiard Park have been ongoing since March of this year. Although discussions have gone well, further work needs to be undertaken on the condition survey of the building and the future of the conference facilities. The due diligence period has therefore been extended to February 2018 to allow an agreement to be reached that suits both parties.

The full story and press release is available on the Lydiard Park Heritage Trust website by clicking here

Why the Essential Setting of Lydiard Park must be protected from all developments

13 March 2017

Kevin Fisher, chair of the SRA writes “we have a responsibility to maintain the Heritage of Lydiard Park, which includes its rural character, for many generations to come. To do that, the rules for development within the Essential Setting need to be clear: all must be refused”.

To read the full story and background to this opinion either:

  1. click here to be taken to the Link Magazine website where the report has been published in full
  2. click here to download the report as a pdf file

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