Justin Tomlinson, MP for North Swindon was invited to a presentation at the South Marston Hotel.
The owner of the South Marston Hotel, who has recently been granted planning permission to extend the hotel by 40 bedrooms, also wishes to develop a piece of land off Manor Farm Lane, in South Marston, the revenue from this luxury housing development would be re-invested in the hotel and village.
Michael Philips Architects for Paul Cripps (hotel owner) outlined how the development would provide much needed executive housing, as well as section 106 money being set aside for infrastructure works in the village to include creating an upgraded Manor Farm Lane, cycle way and resources for the recreation ground.
MP, Mr Tomlison was clearly impressed with the design and layout of the development, and felt it fitted nicely into what has always been a desire of Swindon Council to attract businesses which at times was made difficult due to the lack of luxury housing for senior executives.
Mike Philips speaking on behalf of Paul Cripps said, “It was always our intention to develop this piece of land to the benefit of the village. Mr Cripps, despite having properties all over the UK, has taken to South Marston and has spent and intends to spend millions to the benefit of the village”
Robert Feal-Martinez of the Carpenters Arms who facilitated this meeting said, “On the advice of Justin the next stage will be to arrange a meeting with the Executive of the Council. I would like to thank Justin for his time, and in seeing the value of this project in the wider context of the future of Swindon.“
As a follow up to this article, Justin Tomlinson provided an email which clarified his opinion on this development.