Arguing for adequate infrastructure: From Community News

As recently mentioned in the September edition of Community News, the Parish Council have recently submitted responses to Swindon Borough on two supplementary planning documents (known as SPD’s).

SPD’s are designed build upon and provide more detailed advice or guidance on the policies in the Swindon Local Plan.

Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SuDS)

Details of the SuDS SPD from the Swindon Borough website

The response from the Parish Council here

Planning obligations

Details of the Planning Obligations SPD from the Swindon Borough website

The response from the Parish Council here



Notice of Public Examination Hearing for the South Marston Village Neighbourhood Plan

At very short notice, the independent examiner has asked for a round table meeting with HHT (the developers), Swindon Borough and the Parish Council to discuss selected issues arising from the Neighbourhood Plan.

The public are able to attend, and residents who submitted responses to the last consultation in March this year have been invited. The ‘hearing’ is to be held in the village hall on Thursday 8th September at 10am. The examiner’s report is then promised within the next month.

Notice of Public Examination Hearing for the South Marston Village Neighbourhood Plan

Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended)

Localism Act 2011 (as amended)

Neighbourhood Planning Regulations 2012 (as amended)

Swindon Borough Council hereby gives notice of a public Examination Hearing for the South Marston Village Neighbourhood Plan submitted for examination under Regulation 17 of the Town and Country Planning (Neighbourhood Planning) Regulations 2012 (as amended).

The South Marston Village Neighbourhood Plan was submitted for Independent Examination on 22nd March 2016 following a six week consultation from 28th January until 10th March 2016.  A copy of the South Marston Village Neighbourhood Plan is available here:

In accordance with Paragraph 9 of Schedule 4B to the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 the Independent Examiner has decided that a public hearing is required for the purpose of receiving oral representations about a particular issue raised during the consultation on the plan prior to the examination.

The Public Examination Hearing will take place at South Marston Village Hall on Thursday 8th September from 10:00.  It should be noted that any member of the public may attend the Examination Hearing however only prescribed persons may make oral representations, in accordance with Paragraph 9(3) of Schedule 4B to the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

Following the Hearing the Examiner will issue a report recommending that the plan is submitted to a referendum; that specified modifications are made to the draft plan and that the modified plan is submitted to referendum; or that the plan is refused.

Further information is available by contacting the planning department at Swindon Borough Council on 01793 466513, or by e-mail at

R Bell, Head of Planning, Regulatory Services and Heritage, Swindon Borough Council, Wat Tyler House (West), Beckhampton Street, Swindon, SN1 2JG

Help needed: Grass mowing

The South Marston Recreation Association (SMRA) is calling for volunteers to go on the grass cutting rota.

There are a few people already on the rota, so depending on how many volunteers come forward, you will only need to cut the field two or three times a year.

Training will be given to use the sit on mower and it takes approximately 2 1/2 hours to cut the field.

Ideally, the grass to be cut on a Thursday evening (as the field is marked out on a Friday for weekend football.
The football season is August to May.  Outside of these months, Thursdays isn’t so crucial.
The field requires cutting normally once a week but twice a week between June and July.

For more information, please contact Jenny McEwen Mobile 07770633362.

Road Closure: Old Vicarage Lane

Old Vicarage Lane will be closed at the railway bridge from Monday 8th August to Friday 9th December 2016 to allow for repairs to the bridge. This means that residents will not be able to access the A420 via this road.

Diversion signs will be in place and will direct traffic via the Keypoint entrance to the village.

Please note that the businesses located on Old Vicarage Lane remain open as usual. Some of businesses use HGV’s which will have to use Thornhill Road and Highworth Road for access. Therefore reports of HGVs in the village must be confined only to those seen to be passing through Pound Corner without using Old Vicarage Lane.