News from Ridgeway Ward

Tree Planting at Manners Wood, Pack Hill with Nationwide and Woodland Trust






A residents group representing views from

East & South Swindon residents as well as nearby villages has been formed - they are called the


'South Swindon Protection Group': 


Their website is below:




Swindon Borough Council: 

Local Plan Review - consultation closed

- but there will be opportunities to view sites (plus new ones now submitted)

in 2019:


Swindon Borough Council is obliged to carry out a review of the Local Plan to ensure sufficient ‘deliverable’ housing and employment sites are available in the plan period to 2036. A ‘Call for sites’ (the Strategic Housing & Economic Land Availability Assessment – SHELAA) has led to both private and public land being proposed and assessed for suitability.


Those sites considered in the broadest possible terms as having some suitability are contained in the ‘Draft Local Plan Review’.



The best strategies are ‘Plan-Led’ and it may be that sites put forward in your area could be combined to serve a local need.


Perhaps sites proposed are inappropriate, unwelcome or they may be difficult to deliver commercially? At this moment in time we would welcome the opportunity to talk and to listen so that we can make our Local Plan fit for the future, delivering homes and employment sites in sustainable locations with services around them to serve their needs in the future.


The most sustainable sites are likely to be those close to existing communities so please keep an open mind on what is proposed to deliver future homes for residents.


Sites have been considered in Wanborough, Bishopstone and Badbury.


It does NOT mean these sites will get consent - purely that they have been considered & comply in planning terms with citeria used to assess them.


Please use the following link to search for sites considered in your area:


Swindon Borough Council - Forward Planning:


The initial sites assessment can be accessed on the interactive map above. You can search for a particular address of postcode and toggle individual layers on and off using the panel on the left hand side of the map.  Clicking on a SHELAA site will bring up a information box with further information for that site.  You can also change the base map between Ordnance Survey, aerial imagery and a black and white map.


For Ridgeway Ward residents

please copy me on your comments:


Gary Sumner – your Ridgeway Ward Councillor



Gary Sumner

Ridgeway Ward



Tel: 01793 790814


Or use our contact form.

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