Category Archives: Village Development

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Energy Centre: Revised submission

The developers of the proposed Energy Centre at Keypoint have submitted further papers that can be viewed on the Swindon Planning Portal under reference S/16/1055.

Responses should be submitted to the Borough Council by the 15th December.

The Parish Council’s planning group have prepared a note for the Parish Council analysing the traffic issues raised and recommending that the Parish Council repeat their previous concerns and objection.

The note can be viewed here.

Swindon Council planning documents for the New Eastern Villages approved

Swindon Borough Council have confirmed that two supplementary planning documents were formally adopted at Planning Committee on 11th October 2016.

The documents (Planning Obligations and Travel Framework) include the Masterplan, the Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP) as it relates to the New Eastern Villages and the Diversity Impact Assessment (DIA).

The SPD sets out a comprehensive approach for dealing with the development of the NEV, including the provision of infrastructure necessary to create a sustainable development as required by the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

In an effort to reduce the amount of paper they produce they are not printing many hard copies of the document.  The SPD is available for public inspection at the Council Offices or can be seen here  www.swindon.gov.uk/spd (At the bottom of the page)

If you would like to purchase a hard copy or require further information, please e-mail: nev@swindon.gov.uk, or contact Angela Clack on 01793 466370.

 

Hotel demolition update

The Planning Officer at the Borough dealing with Hotel site has sent the Parish Council the following update:

Further to my previous email, the submitted demolition application and relevant legislation have been reviewed and assessed. Whilst the level of concern from residents is acknowledged, the Local Planning Authority (LPA) have limited control when determining prior notification applications for demolition; and can only assess the method of demolition and any proposed restoration of the site. In addition to supplying these details to the LPA they are required display a site notice to inform the public that an application has been made to the LPA in relation to the demolition; which we understand has been done.

The LPA have 28 days to consider whether prior approval is required. If approved, the LPA then consider whether the proposed method of demolition and restoration is acceptable and whether any conditions are required. If no decision is made within 28 days, the demolition may proceed without prior approval.

The concerns from residents primarily relate to the impact on the village in terms of traffic, noise, pollution and safety to pedestrians; particularly due to the Old Vicarage Lane railway bridge being closed until 16th December 2016. Further details were sought from the applicant to clarify the proposed schedule of demolition and preferred route for the construction traffic. Their response states that a license is required from Natural England to undertake the demolition work, which can take up to 3 weeks. The suggested date of 24th November 2016 is therefore the earliest predicted start date. The applicants have also indicated that the preferred route for construction traffic is from the A420 and Old Vicarage Lane. Whilst the railway bridge is expected to be closed until 16th December, the first few weeks work would be largely taken up stripping out the internal fixtures and fittings, and as a result heavy machinery would not be required at this stage. The applicants have also stated that waste can be stored on site until the Old Vicarage Lane railways bridge reopens on 16th December 2016, so as to avoid sending larger vehicles via Pound Corner.

Upon reviewing the application, the LPA broadly consider the method of demolition to be acceptable and propose to condition the construction operating hours. The current recommendation is therefore that prior approval is required and given.

The Parish Council are continuing to liaise with the Borough on the issues raised by the planning application itself and in particular the retention the “Old Vicarage” building.

Old Vicarage Saved

The latest Application to demolish the Hotel buildings show that the substantial Victorian building that gave its name to Old Vicarage Lane is to be preserved.

The Prior Notice for the Proposed Demolition has been lodged with the Borough Council and can be viewed here

The Parish Council is reviewing the proposed conditions and in particular will be emphasising that no heavy traffic should come through the centre of the village. Councillor Russell Holland has written to the Planning officer asking that, if possible, no action should be taken until the planning application has been determined. However, as the buildings are not “Listed”, the powers of the planning system to prevent an action that does not involve a new use are very limited.

Parish Council Chair, Colin McEwen, said “This highlights both the strength and weakness of the draft Neighbourhood Plan. We were not able to insist that the Club was kept open, but citing the Old Vicarage as a Heritage Building has provided evidence for it to be retained to provide a focal point amongst the proposed modern housing.”

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: http://www.swindon.gov.uk/info/20113/local_plan_and_planning_policy/650/neighbourhood_planning/3.

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 forwardplanning@swindon.gov.uk.

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