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Parish Council Village Expansion – Information Event

South Marston Parish Council are hosting our next ‘drop in’ information event for residents.

 The event will take place on Wednesday October 5th, 3.30 to 7pm in the Village Hall

This follows on from the Parish Council’s first ‘drop in’ event in April this year which was attended by over 90 residents and continues the Council’s commitment to keep local people informed about the progress with the New Eastern Villages Development.

As well as Parish Councillors, two representatives from Swindon Borough Council New Eastern Villages Team will be on hand to explain their current work on roads and the overall NEV masterplan.

The event will cover all the different aspects of the expansion of South Marston, from current planning applications, updated plans for A420 access and junctions and progress with the role of our Neighbourhood Plan in influencing development.



A note on the HHT flyer

I note that a flyer has been delivered to households by a group of local residents. Whilst the Parish Council encourage residents to read the application at the Swindon Planning Portal, ref. S/OUT/13/1555 and to respond to the proposals, we had no part in its drafting. We recommend that villagers follow the advice of the Borough and either respond online via or in writing to Mr Ed Snook, Planning Department,  Swindon Borough Council, SN1 2JH.

2 particular points on the flyer are inaccurate:

The Neighbourhood Plan does proposes a link road through the new dwellings both to relieve Pound Corner and to connect them with the expanded Village Centre and with each other. The issue is whether such a link should pass to the north of Manor Farm, as proposed in the Neighbourhood Plan, or to the south, as shown in the HHT application. This remains the main issue between us and HHT.

The plan shows a “Relocated School”. There is no such proposal. HHT say that if the current site could not be expanded to include an additional 1 form entry capacity, then they would build a separate 1 form entry school on the site shown in addition to the current 0.5 form entry school. Such an arrangement is not considered viable by the Borough’s education department.

Colin McEwen

Chair SMPC



HHT application: Update and next steps


On Tuesday 24th May, over 90 residents attended the exhibition arranged by the Parish Council to allow residents to see physical copies of the application recently submitted for the expansion of the village by developer HHT.

The application, which proposes 2,350 new homes as well as new link roads within the village, has now been put out for public consultation by Swindon Borough Council. This consultation period allows residents to view the application and to make comments direct to the Borough. These comments, along with other material, will be used by the Borough to decide the outcome of the application or if any changes are required by the applicant.

We urge all residents to take the opportunity to submit their own comments by the public response deadline of Friday 3rd June. If these are in line with the Parish Council’s comments, this will add weight to those comments. If they make separate points, good!

The guide below should help you to view and understand the application as well as how to submit your comments.

The Parish Council are reviewing the application and will be finalising their response in line with the Neighbourhood Plan at a special meeting.

To view the application:

You can view the application by visiting the Swindon Borough planning website In the search box enter the reference S/OUT/13/1555 and press Search.

Click the Documents tab to see the application details. The documents published on 23rd May 2016 are the revised application.

The documents are not indexed in a helpful manner. You need to open the “Content – Appendices” document to see what the individual Appendices deal with. Possibly the most useful documents are the “Revised Design and Access Statement” and “Illustrative Masterplan”.

How to comment on the planning application:

The consultation closes on Friday 3rd June 2016 and all comments must be received by this date. There are three ways to comment on a planning application.

Register as a user of the planning website:

Click to register from the search page. Once registered, search for the application and click on the Comment tab. Click Make a Comment to add your comment to the application. Your email address will not be shown and you can ask to receive an acknowledgement that the comment has been received.

Email the Planning Team:

Comments can be submitted to Be sure to include the application reference within your email.

Write to the Planning Team:

Comments can be sent to The Planning Team, Wat Tyler House, Beckhampton Street, Swindon, SN1 2JH. Be sure to include the application reference within your letter and preferably on the front of the envelope

Useful information

The following are documents that the Borough will refer to when considering any application within South Marston.

Swindon Local Plan

South Marston Neighbourhood Plan


Major Development Plan Published

The Amended Planning Application for 2,350 houses in South Marston and at the new village of Rowborough  by Development consortium HHT is now out for public consultation

Swindon Borough have the documents put onto the Borough’s web site   reference  S/OUT/13/1555.  The official closing date for comments is the 3rd June. Not long!

Most of the documents are only described as ” Background Documents” and then an appendix number (this is a long standing issue that we have with SBC). The subjects are listed in the “Content – Appendices” document.
The most accessible documents are the “Revised Design and Access Statement” and the “Illustrative Masterplan”

The Parish Council is holding a display  of the main Plans at the Village Hall on the 24th May between 3pm and 7pm, prior to the Annual Parish Meeting at 7.30. THIS IS NOW CONFIRMED.  

The amended plans have accepted a number of features in the village Neighbourhood Plan, but there are still elements of concern such as the southern road to Keypoint and the link road to take pressure off Pound Corner, although both of these have been modified to an extent.

This is the last chance to influence these plans. As and when they are passed, development is likely to follow fairly rapidly. Villagers are encouraged to put in their own comments to the Borough.

Colin McEwen 23.05.2016