Q: What has been done since consultation was undertaken in December 2019?
A: Technical works and studies have progressed, including access, ecology and landscape strategy, noise and vibration, drainage and flood risk. This has allowed us to refine proposals and prepare an outline planning application which will be submitted to Swindon Borough Council.
Q: When will you be submitting a planning application?
A: We are in the process of finalising an outline planning application which we are hoping to submit to the council in the coming weeks.
Q: What will happen next?
A: Once an application has been submitted to Swindon Borough Council, it will undertake its own consultation before making a decision on the application.
Q. How big is the site?
A. The total area of the site is 5.6 ha. The site is 68m wide (including the bank) at the Wootton Basset Road end of the site, 45m in the centre (where Newburn House is located), then widening to 48m at the Park Lane end of the site.
Q. What access is proposed for the development?
A. Vehicular access is proposed from Wootton Bassett Road, via a new fourth arm at the existing Wootton Bassett Road/Redpost Drive junction.
A new direct pedestrian/cycle connection between Wootton Bassett Road and Park Lane, with cycle links to a wider network and NCN 45 will also be provided.
Q. How will the proposals impact on traffic in the area?
A. The site is located close to Swindon town centre and Swindon train station. In addition, the proposals include a new direct walking/cycling connection between Wootton Bassett Road and Park Lane. This should help to reduce the new residents reliance on using a car in favour of walking, cycling and public transport.
As part of the planning application, the potential impact of the development on local roads will be evaluated within a detailed Transport Assessment. This will be prepared through conversations with the Highways Authority.
Q. Will the new access cut across the existing cycle path?
A. Yes, where the existing cycle path meets the new access arrangements will need to be made to accommodate the cycle path.
Q. Will car parking be offered on site?
A. Yes, car parking for the apartments will be provided on the basis of 1 space per apartment (2 spaces for larger apartments), for the new homes 2 spaces will be provided and 1 visitor car parking space will be provided per 5 units.
Q. How tall are the buildings?
A. Different building heights have been designed to respond to their local context. Next to Dean Street and Newburn Crescent, 2-3 storey houses are proposed. The apartment blocks range from 4 to 7 storeys.
Q. Will the development have a negative effect on the ecology of the area?
A. Initial ecological assessments have been undertaken to assess badgers, bats, botanicals, breeding birds, invertebrates and otters. Further ecological surveys will be undertaken throughout the planning and site clearance phases.
Appropriate mitigation strategies based on the findings of these surveys will be incorporated into the proposed development, including enhancements such as soft landscaping and maintaining habitats.
Q. What is the flood risk of the site?
A. The site lies outside of the floodplain and is not considered to be at risk of flooding. Assessments on storm water management and non-fluvial flood risks will be undertaken and a drainage scheme put in place as part of the development.
Q. Has the ground condition been taken into account within the proposal?
A. Assessments of the ground conditions have been undertaken, including investigations into potential contamination sources of the ground.
The historical use of the site by the Great Western Railway, including importation of Made Ground to raise the site to the level of the railway along with former buildings and railway sidings, has meant that the ground may contain heavy metals, ash, clinker, coal etc.
Further assessments will continue to take place throughout the design and planning process to ensure the ground condition is taken into account.
The land is not unstable. However, new buildings will sit upon ‘deep screwed pile’ foundations.
Q. Will the existing retaining wall along the southern boundary edge be retained?
Q. Who will be responsible for the wall?
A. The wall would be the responsibility of a Resident Management Company formed as part of the Swindon Sidings development.
Q. How will existing residents be protected during construction?
A. A Construction Environment Management Plan will be secured by condition of the planning application and will be implemented during the construction phase. The purpose of this plan is to outline how the construction will avoid, minimise or mitigate effects on the environment and surrounding area – including on the surrounding residents.
Q. What local services will the proposals provide?
A. The proposals include plans for local retail or commercial space and a café. We are also considering the potential to include a GP surgery in the proposals.
In addition, improvements made to local services through the S106 legal agreement and CIL for off-site facilities will be made where necessary.