Meeting – 10th March 2015 7p.m. Village Hall

HELP US TO MAKE A NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN

South Marston Parish Council has begun the process of developing a formal Neighbourhood Plan to govern the future development of housing and facilities in the expanded village.  To understand why we are doing this, please see the letter from the Chair of the Parish Council below.

Most of the work will involve creating planning policies for the expanded village area based on the proposals already in the draft Supplementary Planning Document for South Marston.  This the document produced by Swindon Borough Council that drew on our past consultation work with the village over many years.

We now want to enhance this with an exploration of potential footpath and cycle networks across the area and to realise the potential of the expanded recreation ground and community buildings at the centre of the village.

An open meeting will be held in the Village Hall at 7pm on the 10 March to take this forward.

We will have current footpath maps available, as well as maps associated with the village expansion.  Please come along and find out more about how to get involved.

NP Map

This is the area we will be considering in developing  the

South Marston Village Neighbourhood Plan.

Information about progress and about meetings of the Neighbourhood Planning Committee of the Parish Council will be available on the South Marston website.   Please contact the Parish Clerk by email on clerksmpc@southmarston.org.uk  or on 01793 686150 for more information.

A NEIGHBOURHOOD PLANFOR SOUTH MARSTON

 

WHY DO WE NEED A NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN?

The Parish Council has reached an impasse with the main developers (HHL[1]) on the plans to develop the expanded village.   We, after consultation with the village over many years, want to see an integrated plan that takes account of land controlled by all the different developers and relates well to the existing village.   Swindon Borough Council (SBC) support this aim.   Last  April, HHL, who control most of the land south of the village, finally agreed to work with us and the other developers but failed to follow through on this.   They are also insisting on a new road north of the railway that can take traffic from the new village at Rowborough to the  Keypoint roundabout. We fear that this will result in major delays at peak times.

SBC have now written to HHL saying that their application for permission to develop is not acceptable in its current form.  Rather than than wait passively to see if HHL will comply by submitting appropriate revisions to their plans, we want to take the initiative.

WHAT IS A NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN?

A Neighbourhood Plan  is a statutory planning document that is produced by the community itself.  However, it must comply with the Local Plan for an area.  Swindon’s Local Plan sets out the number and broad locations of new houses to be built in South Marston.  A Neighbourhood Plan can address the layout of the roads, footpaths and green spaces and the overall design principles for the expanded village.

Swindon’s Local Plan is just being formalised, which is why we couldn’t go for a Neighbourhood Plan previously.   It must be written by the Parish Council in conjunction with the village and then checked by Swindon who will publish it for formal consultation.  The next stage is an independent examination by a Planning Inspector to make sure that it is legally correct.   It is then subject to a referendum of the villagers.   It will be a simple question as to whether or not you want the Neighbourhood Plan to govern the future development of South Marston.

If the vote is ‘Yes’, then the Neighbourhood Plan acquires the same status as Swindon’s Local Plan and must be complied with by developers.  If ‘No’, the Swindon planners will have  less power to control how the development goes forward and the village’s aspirations  will be harder to achieve.

This is a contest between community planning and developer expediency.  I hope that you will support us in this venture to ensure we get  high quality development in South Marston.

Colin McEwen

Chair, South Marston Parish Council

[1] HHL is the consortium led by Hallam Land and Hannick Homes that controls most of the land south of the village.

South Marston Youth Club Grant

Published on This is Wiltshire.co.uk

TEENAGERS have received a much-needed boost after a £770 grant was handed to the South Marston Youth Club to pay for gaming equipment.

The group can look forward to even livelier evenings in the village hall after being awarded the community grant by The Midcounties Co-operative from the society’s Community Fund.

The group was one of seven good causes in the town given grants totalling £7,930.

The Swindon Downs Syndrome Group also received a donation, which it will use to run a 12-week drama group, finishing with a performance that will be attended by Ruth FitzJohn, president of The Midcounties Co-operative.

The donations are part of the society’s ongoing commitment to give back to the local communities in which it trades, and this round of presentations has seen £84,824 donated to recipients in The Midcounties Co-operative’s trading areas.

Tarra Simmons, deputy group general manager for Co-operative social responsibility at The Midcounties Co-operative, said: “Community groups and charities provide essential education, support and social activities for the local area, and we are proud to provide these Swindon organisations with funds to support their work.

“Our co-operative values mean we are committed to helping to build sustainable communities, and we are urging local groups to apply for the next round of funding.”

Thamesdown Hydrotherapy Pool

 The Thamesdown Hydrotherapy Pool Needs your help.

We need the Voices of the people of Swindon to tell everyone who we are and where we are.

There are so many more people in Swindon and beyond who we could help.

The pool is a warm water therapy pool for people with disabilities ranging from bad backs, arthritis to cerebral palsy. Any condition you can think of we cater for. Whether the problem is permanent or temporary. With the water temperature at 34c is a nice environment to soothe away any aches and pains.

The pool is a stand alone charity and has been since 1979 when the pool opened. We get no funding from the NHS or local Government.

To use us you will need to be referred by your G.P. or physio. The referral forms are available to down load from our website www.thamesdownhydrotherapypool.com or you can come to the pool and pick one up in person. The website has more information about the pool for you to look at.

We are situated in Jefferies Avenue, Upper Stratton. Next door to Crowdys Hill School.

I can guarantee that you will know more than one person who would benefit from hydrotherapy and I also bet most do not even know we have a hydrotherapy pool available to everyone with a need. So again please please put the word out about the fantastic facility called the Thamesdown Hydrotherapy Pool and get more people the therapy they need or even on the road to recovery.

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