In response to the article about his visit to the South Marston Hotel Development, MP Justin Tomlinson was asked to clarify his position on the development.
From: TOMLINSON, Justin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 30 November 2010 21:35
Subject: RE: South Marston
To: Colin McEwen <ChairSMPC@southmarston.org.uk>
Having been invited to view a brief presentation on a potential development adjacent to the South Marston Hotel, I am very happy to set out my thoughts.
I firmly support Conservative plans to devolve planning decisions to local communities. It should be for you, and you alone as the local community to judge as to whether any proposed development is appropriate. As a former Borough Councillor for the Abbey Meads ward for 10 years, I have seen firsthand just how important it is for local residents to shape local development. Therefore it is essential that I clarify, my comments related to the type of proposed development, with regards that we as a town are short of high quality housing. The location of any potential development is not for me to judge, but that of local residents.
In my role as the local MP, I have raised these issues in Parliament on a number of occasions, including proposals to change the law to strengthen the hand of local residents and communities.
I have support the principle of new housing, whilst there is local demand, but it should always be on the basis of appropriate, high quality developments.
It is for you as the local residents to decide whether any proposed development at the South Marston Hotel, is, or isn’t appropriate.
North Swindon Conservative MP
Please visit my website to see how I am representing you: www.justintomlinson.com
North Swindon covers: Abbey Meads, Blunsdon, Covingham & Nythe, Gorse Hill & Pinehurst, Haydon Wick, Highworth, Moredon, Penhill, St Philip, Stratton St. Margaret and Western wards.