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More than 200 objections to Swindon Village plans

More than 200 objections have been submitted regarding plans to build up to 180 homes next to Swindon Village.

Metacre Ltd want to build the residential development on land at Home Farm which forms part of the northwest Cheltenham Strategy Allocation.

The 12.3 hectares of undeveloped land also sit close to the proposed Elms Park development -which recently got the green light for its first swathe of 266-homes.

The plans include a range of detached, semi-detached and linked dwellings, not exceeding three storeys with 35% affordable housing.

Objectors said the plans would cause traffic, wear and tear to local roads and an extra strain on schools and NHS services.

One comment said: "The village already struggles with the amount of traffic going through it and the congestion that this leads to, particularly at peak times. The roads are too narrow and already weakened by the amount of lorries and heavy farm equipment that go up and down them.

"Secondly we do not have the infrastructure in place to support the development. Whilst this proposal states that this is be created by the Elms Park development, this has yet to be started, therefore, leaving the village unsupported for years."

Swindon Parish Council has raised "serious concerns" about the plans as have ward councillors who said they breach requirements of the Joint Core Strategy.

Their comment states: "Quat Goose Lane is a narrow road used by children and families to access school buildings. It is not a major, nor even a city highway and signalling in the application that heavy traffic is likely to use Quat Goose Lane to access the building site - with all that entails - is not acceptable."

They have asked for the plans to go before the council's planning committee for further discussion.

A planning statement prepared by Ridge and Partners LLP on behalf of Metacre Ltd said the development would have a "rich and distinctive character including children's play areas, recreational routes, a community orchard, woodland planting, avenues of trees, species-rich meadow grassland and SuDS basins."

It said access to the site is achievable via Quat Goose Lane and the development does not prohibit the delivery of any part of the wider allocation identified in the Joint Core Strategy.

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