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Application to build four executive houses within the essential setting of Lydiard Park

4 September 2017

SRA issues request to all SBC Councillors

To apply the ‘unequivocal objection’ they all signed up to with respect to the Taylor Wimpey application to this Brook Cottage application – click here to read the document

Background and how to make a comment

16 August 2017

The owner of Brook Cottage has applied to build four very large houses (4+ bedrooms) on land to the left as you enter Lydiard Park from Hay Lane. This land is within the essential setting of Lydiard Park and will, should the application be allowed, set a precedent that may allow other developers to build within it.

If you believe Lydiard Park’s rural identity must be saved for future generations, you need to object now to this application.

Want to know what the ‘essential setting’ is and why it is so important to protect it from all development no matter how small or large?  – click here to download a background paper.

To view the application, click here to be taken to the SBC planning application portal, and type S/16/1832 into the search box.

The applicants ‘planning design and access statement’ (found at the SBC portal noted above) states that the ‘harm caused will be minimal’ (page 10). The report clearly recognises that the development will cause harm to the heritage of the registered Park but determines that the high trees surrounding the site are sufficient to allow the application. There are several issues with this supposition:

  1. The houses will be visible from the dam wall within the registered Park
  2. Trees die and get blown down
  3. Once the new residents realise what great views they can have and how much more light they can enjoy, they will cut them down
  4. Harm caused to an essential setting is NOT just visual. In a recent high Court case (Steer v SSCLG) a judge ruled that an Inspector had used an artificially narrow approach (visual only) to the issue of ‘setting’ and in adopting this approach had made an error of law

Lydiard Parks essential setting MUST be protected – if one development is allowed, more will follow and more after that – the domino affect of precedents.

If you believe Lydiard Park’s rural identity must be saved for future generations, you must object to this application without delay and certainly by the 15th September!

 

How to view the application

To view the application, click here to be taken to the SBC planning application portal, and type S/16/1832 into the search box.

Three options for registering your comments

1. When viewing the application in the SBC portal you can register your comments by clicking the ‘make a public comment’ button

  • Please note you must login / register yourself (top tabs on the page) before the button becomes visible

2.  Send an email direct to the planners

  • sbcdc@swindon.gov.uk
  • You must provide the S/16/1832 reference in your email together with your name and address, otherwise your comments will not be registered

3. Write to the case officer, Sarah Smith at Civic Offices Euclid Street Swindon Wiltshire, SN1 2JH.

  • You must provide the S/16/1832 reference in your email together with your name and address, otherwise your comments will not be registered

Brook Cottage Objections – click on the relevant line to read the paper

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Small development proposals in West Swindon

22 March 2017

Sparcells: The site of the old community hut and car park is being looked at by SBC for about five houses.

Shaw: The green off Pilgrim Close behind Tesco (between George Tweed Gardens and the Ridge Green Medical Practice) is being assessed by SBC for 12-14 assisted living bungalows.

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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