Proposal: Installation of a Solar Farm
Site Address: Sevor Farm, Nightingale Lane, South Marston, Swindon SN3 4SL
STATUS: GRANT PLANNING PERMISSION
South Marston Parish Council commented as follows:
In light of problems with AEE Renewables construction of an earlier Solar Farm within South Marston, it is strongly recommended that the following conditions are imposed on any planning approval:
- No parking is permitted in Old Vicarage Lane of any vehicles associated with construction at the site.
- No vehicles associated with the construction should proceed north of the junction of Nightingale Lane and Old Vicarage Lane towards Pound Corner.
- No parking anywhere in the village or wider South Marston Parish of HGVs except in designated HGV parking areas.
- These parking and movement restrictions should remain in force throughout the life of the site for maintenance, repair and dismantling activities
- Any damage to Old Vicarage Lane and Nightingale Lane resulting from movements of vehicles associated with the construction should be put right on completion of construction work.
- The site should be fully cleared within 4 weeks of construction being completed.
- All new and existing footpaths should be re-instated to a good condition and fit for purpose before the site opens.
- Appropriate contact details to be provided to the Parish Council for the reporting of any problems during construction (e.g. noise, damage, parking) and in subsequent operation (e.g. damage to fencing, vandalism, lack of hedge screening, sheep grazing issues).
- Work is restricted to daylight hours only; 0800 to 1800 weekdays, 0800 to 1300 Saturdays, no working on Sundays.
Taken from the Sevor Farm Project Blog:
As announced at February’s Parish Council meeting on Tuesday 19th, we can confirm the application for Sevor Farm has been submitted and now registered by Swindon Borough Council. This means that you can now access the application via the Council’s website. The application ewas validated on the 11th February and the supplementary documents uploaded on the Council’s website on the 25th February. To access the plans, please click on the link below:
View or track a planning application by using a unique planning reference number
Search for the application in the search bar using this reference: S/13/0165
Previous slides relating the project are available here and here
Swindon Borough Council (SBC) has published their draft ‘Local Plan’ for public Consultation. It can be found at: http://www.swindon.gov.uk/localplan. This is the updated version of what was previously called the Core Strategy. This strategy was consulted on a couple of years ago. The Local Plan will govern how Swindon will expand in the period to 2026 and includes the specific provisions for expansion in South Marston and the new village of 1500-2000 houses at Rowborough as well as another 5500 houses to the South of the A420. It also makes general policy points, for instance on renewable energy, where the Parish Council share the concerns of Ill Wind that large wind turbines may be making a return in specific areas highlighted in the Local Plan.
The Parish Council will be making submissions on behalf of the village, but we encourage all villagers to read this document and put in their responses to the Borough Council direct before the 21st February deadline.
The Parish Council Expansion Sub Committee continues to work on the South Marston village Planning Document (known as the SPD or supplementary planning document). This is supplemental to the Local plan and so is bound by the more general statements in it. The developers are now expected to concentrate on the area North of the A420, although they tell us that there is considerable technical work still to be done. Our current plan, in line with Swindon BC, is to finalise the SPD so that it can go to Public Consultation in the Spring and then go on to be adopted as part of the Local Plan. It would then have to be respected by any future application for development.
If you would like to become involved with this planning process and would like to find out how to do so, then please contact the Parish Clerk on 01793 820529.
Below is the presentation provided by AEE Renewables given at their Sevor Farm Solar Consultation meeting on Wednesday 21st Nov 2012.
They have set up a website for the project: http://www.sevorfarmsolar.co.uk/
This will be updated with additional news as they provide it.
I have also added a widget to each page of the South Marston website down on the bottom right, which shows the most recent news articles from their RSS feed.
Below are the planning boards and slides which were used at the South Marston Planning Event held at the South Marston Hotel on 12th June 2012. The materials provided here have been provided by Swindon Borough Council.
Colin McEwens photos of the village flooding experienced on 29th April which were presented at the meeting: Click here. Follow the map link on the right hand side to see where the photos were taken.
We also have the Technical Note – regarding the Traffic assessment through the village.
The Parish Council have published a Village Expansion report to highlight the village expansion work carried out by the Working Group to date.
These documents will be distributed to every house this week.
Draft SM Development Principles 28.02.12-1
Draft Supplementary Planning Document (dSPD) – not yet available
Image via Wikipedia
If you would like to share your views regarding the proposed new housing development and how this might affect South Marston, then please read on.
On Monday 5th March Peter Sandover, an independent consultant will be available to listen to you. Peter will be at the village school between 10am and 1pm and 2pm to 2.50pm. He is an architect and consultant and is working with the SM Village Expansion Working Group to help shape future growth of our village. His work includes looking at the facilities needed within an expanded village, what criteria the village would like to see applied to the housing development and to assist the working group on the various options proposed.
If you would like to take this opportunity on what you would like to see, then please call in to have a chat with Peter.
Alternatively Peter will be walking around the village on Sunday 4th March, starting from the village hall at 2pm. Please feel free to meet him there or talk to him on the walk.
For more information, please call Barry Thunder on 826697
Following the village consultation exercise in May, which generally endorsed the principles for development proposed by the Parish Council Expansion Working Group, there have been further meetings with Swindon Borough Council and an initial meeting with the developers.
The timetable for the South Marston supplementary planning document has been put back three months due to the number of responses received by Swindon Borough Council to the draft Core Strategy and we hope to consult further with the village by November.
We are discussing options, locations and costings with SBC’s Education Department for the school and with the Highways Department regarding the proposed development at Rowborough, access onto the A420, Pound Corner and minimising through-traffic.
The developers say that their vision for the expansion of the village is not far apart from ours and we are to have more detailed discussions with them.
We are also meeting again with the Environment Agency to address flooding issues.
The Working Party will consult with villagers on options for expansion before the village SPD is drawn up by SBC. The government’s localism agenda may support our influence, but its policy of promoting economic growth by building more houses supports the developers.
We will continue to keep everyone informed on future developments.
South Marston Parish Council