An appeal has been lodged against the refusal of the Borough to grant permission for the Energy Centre at Keypoint.
Two reasons were given for the refusal:
1. The proposed Renewable Energy Centre would introduce a visually dominant, intrusive and unsightly feature in a highly prominent location, which would substantially harm the visual setting of Swindon and its surrounding local area and which could prejudice delivery of Swindon’s development strategy…..
2. The applicant has failed to demonstrate a need for the strategic scale waste management facility. In the absence of a local need, and in the absence of a robust assessment of potentially suitable sites closer to the source of the waste, waste would need to be transported to the facility from beyond the local area, contrary to the proximity principle and contrary to the principles of sustainable development….
The appeal will be determined by a Government appointed inspector based on those 2 grounds.
Air pollution was not one of the reasons given for refusal because the planning officers advised that this was an issue for “other regulatory bodies”. In the event that the appeal is successful, this is something that the PC will have to pursue.
Residents with a particular concern about this may like to skim through the Planning Officer’s detailed Report to the committee at
As previously reported to you, Swindon Borough Council (SBC) has published their draft ‘Local Plan’ for public consultation. It can be found at http://www.swindon.gov.uk/localplan.
The Parish Council will be making submissions on behalf of the village, but we encourage all villagers to read this document and put in responses to Swindon Borough Council directly before the 21st February deadline.
Please find draft comments from South Marston Parish Council on the Swindon Local Plan:
SMPC_-_Comments_on_Swindon_Local_Plan_-_Draft_20_Jan_13 – WEB
If you would like to become involved in the planning process or to find out further information, please contact the Parish Clerk on 01793 820529.
Venue: Village Hall
Saturday 21st May 10 am
Tuesday 24th May 8 pm (following the Annual Parish Meeting at 7.30 pm)
Thursday 26th May 1.45 pm
What are the issues?:
- number of houses to be built in the village
- social/council houses
- 2,000 houses by Nightingale Wood
- wind turbines
The recent Borough Council Core Strategy Exhibition in the Village Hall generated significant interest and a lot of strong feedback on the scale of development. A Village Development Working Group has been meeting regularly and liaising with the Parish Council to draft a response to the Core Strategy.
The Working Group wishes to provide villagers with the opportunity to explore that feedback and discuss the different courses of action open to us. Even if you have been to previous meetings, we now want villagers to help decide the best solution for South Marston’s future.
To reach as many residents as possible, we are running a series of three identical meetings at different dates and times of the day and hope you will be able to come to one of them.
Each meeting will last less than 1½ hours with a presentation by a member of the Working Group, followed by a question and answer session. A questionnaire will be available and this will provide important evidence to both the Working Party and the Parish Council.
The meetings will also help residents with their own individual responses to the Core Strategy. Please note the deadline for submitting responses to Swindon Borough has been extended from the 19th May to the 16th June.
Swindon Advertiser ran the following article yesterday about the upcoming public meeting regarding the Eastern Villages Proposal.
THE fightback against a plan for new factories and 7,500 homes is set to begin.
At least 100 residents are expected to flock to a public meeting about the Eastern Villages proposal, which would see up to five clusters of homes and an industrial park built to the east of the A419.
The development would be only slightly smaller than the one planned at Coate, but would be spread over a more scattered area between Wanborough and South Marston. Continue reading Advertiser – Meeting to discuss plans for factories and homes
The initial Traffic Study prepared for Swindon Borough Council showing the proposed changes to deal with South Marston’s traffic problems and the proposals to cope with the traffic increase anticipated with the Eastern Development Area, together with the notes of Sam Howell’s presentation have been released and can be accessed here.
JMP EDA Transport Study South Marston Transport Report Part 2 South Marston Transport Report
Note: the lines on the maps are indicative and for transport modelling purposes only.
The adjourned meeting of the working party will be held in the village hall on Thursday at 7.30 to consider our response to this and also to develop the topics to be discussed by the future Working Party meetings,that are to be displayed at the Core Strategy Road show on the 12th April.
The change to government policy may mean that local authorities get more say in how much development takes place in their area, but it does not mean that the pressure to build more houses has gone away.
So far as South Marston is concerned, this probably results in us having more influence over what is built and removes us from the straight jacket of the Eastern Development Area numbers. Having said this, most of the land to the immediate South of the village is under option to developers, who have paid good money for first refusal to buy the land for development if planning permission is granted.
Therefore both they and the landowners are keen to make a profit by obtaining permission to build. It is still Swindon’s policy to expand and this area has already been earmarked. We cannot sit back and hope that nothing will happen. We would like to thank all those who came to the ‘Place Making’ meetings organised by NEW Master Planning in May.
The Parish Council are hosting another meeting in a similar format particularly designed to pick up on the work done in the first of those meetings, add to it and develop more concrete plans to carry forward to the Borough and developers.
Date: 15th September
Time: 7.15 for 7.30
Venue: South Marston Hotel.
All are welcome, and it would be helpful if you had considered the new material on the website here, or contact our Clerk on 01793 820529.
Swindon advertiser ran an article today regarding Swindon MP, Robert Buckland’s views on the EDA proposals.
Mr Buckland, in his first speech to Parliament, said further development was inevitable in a town that had “grown over the years and reinvented itself to quite brilliant effect” – but stressed it had to be sustainable.
He added: “I therefore welcome a change to the planning regime, so that my town can survive, thrive and prosper in the years ahead.”
Mr Buckland explained later that he was unhappy with “unsustainable” proposals to build homes in the eastern development area to the east of A419, near South Marston, and said he would be calling on Swindon Council to “look again” at figures on housing need that were generated in an economic boom and were now “out of date”. Similarly, he would ask Wiltshire Council to “rethink” development plans to the west of Swindon.
The full article is available from here.