The re-written plans for Swindon’s development to 2026 have been attached to the agenda for the Cabinet meeting due to take place on 19th January. This can be found at:
If adopted in principle then it will be written up and published for formal Public Consultation in March, beginning a process that will complete in Spring 2012.
This revised document takes a generally more pragmatic approach to the town’s expansion, with the overall rate of expansion being reduced to 850 new houses a year initially. The Eastern Expansion Area (EDA) is retained, but with less pressure on numbers.
South Marston and Rowborough remain targeted as 2 of 5 proposed villages in the EDA. There is an extended section on the development of South Marston, to include an emphasis on community involvement through the Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) that the village is already working on.
The Parish Council meets on the 18th when we will look to set a date for a village meeting to consider how the draft Core Strategy proposals impact on our thinking and approach to the SPD.