Lydiard Park under threat from developer
21 August 2016
Lydiard Heritage Action Group Formed
In the light of the ongoing threats to Lydiard Park from developers, the Lydiard Heritage Action Group (LHAG) has been formed. Chaired by Kevin Fisher (also Chair of the Shaw Residents’ Association), it includes representatives of the Friends of Lydiard Park, the Lydiard Park Heritage Trust, Lydiard Millicent, Wiltshire and Swindon residents.
The organisation has produced a leaflet as part of its campaign to ensure the application by Taylor Wimpey to build a housing estate within the essential setting of Lydiard Park and in full view of St Mary’s Church, is rejected.
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.
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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”
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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.
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