Southern Connector Road:
Number of homes consented at NEV
Latest position - Outline consent currently for:
Amount of new planting/hedgerows
There will be a net increase in hedgerows and linear tree belts of approximately 1,270 linear metres. There will also be a net increase in woodland cover of approximately 4.55 hectares (which is 10 times the amount of woodland being removed).
The SCR will have a dedicated cycle route running alongside and this will create a sustainable connection to the wider cycle networks within Swindon.
Length of new road
The Southern Connector Road (SCR) will provide a link between the New Eastern Villages (NEV) and Commonhead roundabout, near the Great Western Hospital. The two-way single carriageway will be 1.5 miles long.
Wanborough Traffic Calming Scheme – this includes the mini-roundabouts (funded through DfT)
The scheme aims to reduce speeds and make the route less desirable for inappropriate through traffic.
Changes to the High Street include (more detail available on the other changes on Council’s website):
Changes to Pack Hill include:
Changes to Rotten Row include:
Changes to The Marsh and Burycroft include:
At Wanborough Road - a new signalised crossroad junction. Traffic movements at this junction are restricted, as follows:
• From north-east (proposed Lotmead village, NEV): Straight ahead towards Commonhead only.
• From the south-east (Wanborough Road, Wanborough): Straight ahead to Covingham, and left turn onto the SCR only.
• From south-west (proposed Foxbridge village and Commonhead): Straight ahead towards proposed Lotmead Village, and right hand turn towards Wanborough only.
• From north-west (Wanborough Road, Covingham): Straight ahead towards Wanborough only.
New Eastern Villages: BOTH APPROVED JUNE 2020
Two hugely important applications came to Planning Committee on the 9th June 2020.
At Symmetry Park the application was for a B8 Employment use building, which at some 2.3m sq.ft will bring significant new employment (up to 1500 jobs) to the area.
The site is already allocated in the NEV Master-plan for employment, so is not controversial and contributes towards the £72m of highways improvements currently under way in the immediate area including White Hart Junction, Gable Cross, Southern Connector Road etc.
Contributions also include over £600,000 to the Great Western Community Forest.
The other major planning application is for 2,500 homes at Lotmead, Wanborough. This includes a large Sports Hub, Village Centre, two primary schools as well as connections to the adjoining development parcels. Lotmead is also an allocated site within the planned 'New Eastern Villages' of 8,000 homes and the applicants have worked closely with planners and members to address previous concerns.
Measures have been agreed to assist with traffic calming in Wanborough and the design of the junction between the main access (the new Southern Connector Road) and Wanborough Road is designed to prevent 'rat running'.
Both of these are further milestones in seeing the long planned development come to fruition.
Your Ridgeway Ward Councillor.