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Ward Councillor Surgery focus on Science Park!




Councillor surgery this morning was 100% about the 'Swindon Science Park' proposal and what next. A 'residents action group' will be set up to co-ordinate activity on this and as clearly many didn't receive the leaflet publishing the proposal in Wanborough, Liddington, Liden and Covingham I will ensure all Ridgeway Ward residents receive a leaflet about the next steps and I will co-ordinate with colleagues in other areas to help.
For those (I'm sure there is at least one) in favour of this development please don't try to frustrate residents opposition.
The 'industrial led' development is NOT part of Swindon's Local Plan, is clearly a massive concern and has come as a surprise to many excluded from the information.
I have suggested to VOX PR representing Turley and the various 'land agents' that it would have been more honest to consult again and actually inform ALL residents this time.
Robert Buckland MP joined us this morning and whilst he is concerned, as we all are about jobs confirmed he believes that this is totally the WRONG LOCATION.












This application is NOT for a Science Park!


WASDELL PROPERTIES are a vehicle for Wasdell Packaging to build a massive 49,000 sq.m industrial packaging and logistics facility in the countryside adjoining the nationally protected

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


This is NOT an SBC proposal and is completely contrary to the adopted SBC Local Plan


After the Wanborough Parish Council meeting I will offer some suggestions for both questions and comments and would urge ALL residents to make their views known.


Whilst I support local business it should not be at the detriment of the countryside and local communities. This is a 40 hectare site!


40 hectares of employment land was already allocated for the 8,000 home 'New Eastern Villages' development and so far only one smaller unit has been built with the remainder still FULLY AVAILABLE - this is about industrial land on the cheap where it has not been planned. That's unacceptable!



A local unit HALF the size of that proposed!


Surprise Consultation event on a speculative plan for an industrial area on countryside in Wanborough - please note this is NOT an SBC proposal and is outside the SBC Local Plan


Stakeholder consultation on proposals for a Swindon Science Park

Wasdell Properties Ltd are holding a public exhibition of proposals to develop what they claim is a high quality, sustainable Science Park for Swindon.

They are proposing the Swindon Science Park will deliver 'much-needed facilities for research and development, and for high-tech manufacturing'.

The proposed site is at Inlands Farm, Wanborough, between The Marsh and Pack Hill in countryside and what is in landscape terms part of the setting for the Upper Wanborough village / Conservation area.

Please ensure your views are made clear by emailing the 'promoters' and copying me at to ensure that I hear your views.

The event is on Wednesday 5th September 2018 at The Holiday Inn, Marlborough Road, Swindon SN3 6AQ and apparently residents will receive a leaflet.

The public session is open at any time between 3pm - 7.30pm.

There is free parking for visitors at The Holiday Inn (please register your car at reception).

The following link to the website is not active! To find out more about the proposals and give feedback visit the Swindon Science Park website at from Thursday 6 September onwards. You can also email 

PLEASE - ensure your views are heard. This is not deliverable at any time in the near future due to a number of site constraints, is inappropriate at the scale proposed and is in countryside adjoining the AONB (area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - a Nationally designated landscape area).




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Gary Sumner

Ridgeway Ward



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