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.

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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

  1. Online (recommended): Click here and enter your objection
  2. Email to:, ensure your email includes the reference ‘16/06978/FUL’ and your name and address
  3. By post to: Mathew Pearson, Wiltshire Council, Monkton Park, Chippenham, SN15 1ER. Ensure you’re letter includes the reference ‘16/06978/FUL’ and your name and address

Other Ways to Help

  • Click here and sign the online petition
  • Email / phone / talk to everyone you know asking them to send in an objection
  • Post and share via Facebook and Twitter
  • Please give or email the leaflet to as many people as you can

Click here for access to the full set of plans on the Wiltshire Council website


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 Other News

BT plan to remove 44 payphones across Swindon

25 October 2016

Click here for the list of payphones to be removed

Click here for details on how you can comment

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 bswinley-signswinley-sign2y 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.

Click here for the interim junction layout

Click here to go to the Wiltshire Council website where all relevant documents can be found

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”

click here for their full report

Bogus SRA emails

Our email address is If you get emails from, 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

5 November

click here for more info

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.