Massive opposition to Taylor Wimpey’s application to build within the essential setting of Lydiard Park
26 October 2016
Over 600 representation letters are now posted on Wiltshire’s planning portal, with all but three objecting to the application, representing a greater than 99.5% objection level. All the organisations and individuals below have registered detailed objections. Click on them to read their letter:
In addition, Wiltshire’s own highways engineer has written to say “the proposals are therefore contrary to sustainable transport objectives” and “I am prepared to raise a highways objection”. Click here for his full report
To read more of the 600+ objections, click here
Lydiard Tregoz Parish Council stands alone in their support
With a simple ‘x in a box’ the Lydiard Tregoz Parish Council (LTPC) continue to support the application despite the unprecedented level of public outrage.
Through Freedom of Information requests, the Lydiard Heritage Action group (LHAG) has been trying to understand their rational for supporting an application that has so many strong arguments for refusal. This letter (click to download) was presented to the Council during their 25 October meeting – all Councillors present refused to change their position. Click here to read a report about the meeting written by ‘the Lydiards’. Below are links to letters sent to LTPC and responses received:
As a response to the documents received from LTPC, an email was sent to the Wiltshire case officer highlighting the manner in which Taylor Wimpey are influencing the LTPC neighbourhood plan. Click here to read the email.
There have been a number of emails between LHAG and LTPC and, in the spirit of openness (given this is about Freedom of Information), they have all been pasted into one document (click here to download) – they appear in chronological order with the most recent first.
The full background to this story is available on this website from the Taylor Wimpey – Lydiard Park tab.
Wiltshire’s website states the consultation expiry date is 26th September. However, we are told they will accept comments up until the end of October.
How to Object to the Taylor Wimpey application
Other Ways to Help
BT plan to remove 44 payphones across Swindon
25 October 2016
M4 Junction 16 Improvement Works
16 October 2016
Work to transform Junction 16 of the M4 will start in winter 2016 to ensure the major highway interchange can cope with forecast future traffic levels and cater for future development in the surrounding areas. Click here for more information.
Swinley Drive – Ridgeway Farm junction
5 September 2016
There is some confusion about the road layout plans at the top of Swinley Drive. We have been told by Wiltshire Highways that the current changes are temporary and that some time in the future the road between Swinley Drive roundabout and Sparcells Roundabout will close.
However, is the new junction madness, good planning or something else? When Taylor Wimpey won outline planning permission at the public Inquiry, the design included the closure of the road between the roundabout at the top of Swinley Drive and Sparcells / Mead Way. Instead all traffic will have to go through the new housing estate. There are strong arguments in support of keeping that road open or closing it – that is not the point right now.
Surely an ‘interim’ junction would simply have added one more exit from the existing three exit roundabout – instead the ‘interim’ design is much more complex, expensive, some say dangerous and potentially permanent. On the latter point, Taylor Wimpey have refused all requests from the SRA for road changes / improvements to Ridgeway Farm telling us that they MUST build per the design won at appeal.
Green Belt under siege – CPRE report
8 May 2016
The Campaign to Protect Rural England says “Last year’s report showed that 220,000 houses were planned for the Green Belt across England. This new report shows that this number has now reached 275,000. Government claims that it is committed to protecting the Green Belt are not being backed up in practice, and our report sends a clear message that greater protection for the Green Belt is needed”
Bogus SRA emails
Our email address is email@example.com. If you get emails from firstname.lastname@example.org, they are SPAM and not from us. Please block those emails and do not respond to them.
Shaw Village centre litter pick / garden tidy dates for 2016
Meet at 10:30 in front of the Village Inn at Shaw Village Centre – Litter pickers, weeds and litter will be provided. Please bring gardening tools if you wish to help with the Village Centre garden tidy
Shaw health walks every Monday 2pm
Meet at Lower Shaw Farm for a 2:15 start. The walk is for about 40 minutes. Click here for more information.
An application to build a housing estate in full view of St Mary’s Church has been submitted by Taylor Wimpey
Click here for information on how you can help to ensure we Lydiard Park remains a COUNTRY park and does not become an URBAN park