Please take this opportunity to comment on sites submitted in the Local Plan Review - this is the FINAL consultation.
There are 3 sites in Wanborough and 2 in Bishopstone.
Sites submitted have been assessed on a range of criteria by Planning Officers and their colleagues in Landscape, Highways, Conservation, Heritage. Many outside parties from the land promotion & development industry have submitted comments on the last round of consultation.
You would not be surprised to hear that there are calls from that sector for even more housing, but it's a balance.
Swindon has to identify around 1,000 additional homes on top of the big strategic developments to be built in the period to 2036.
Swindon Borough Council are asking for your local views on the sites assessed and whether there are details not considered which may be relevant. These are NOT planning applications, so they will not expect archaeological investigations to have been carried out, nor ecological assesments, no detailed highways studies - but if these sites are allocated they are much more likely to get consent.
Comments suggesting 'no more housing is needed' will not carry weight and sites rejected for the wrong reasons are likely to reappear as Planning Applications and Planning Appeals where we will not have a say in the final scheme.
The key questions could include items such as access, density (the number of homes), the mix of homes and any pressure on local facilities. If the village in question has a Primary School, bus services, secondary school transport, a pub etc it is not going to be easy to suggest it's unsustainable
- so the threshold to restrict development is more limited but it does not mean that you can't suggest why a certain number of homes would be more acceptable.
It's obviously up to residents what they submit but in order to influence what happens the comments should be relevant to planning policy.
Government policy is that sustainable development proposals should be approved unless the proposal can be shown to do harm.
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