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Lydiard Tregoze

Land to the south of Tewkesbury Way - Lydiard Tregoze - Wiltshire

We have decided to withdraw our planning application at Lydiard in order to undertake further work on our proposals in response to local comments received. Please check our Twitter account and Facebook page for future updates about our plans at Lydiard. We will also keep this website updated with any future news about the proposals.

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  • Site Background

    We held a second public exhibition on the latest plans for this scheme on 3rd June 2015 at Lydiard House Conference Centre. We would like to thank all those that attended and provided their feedback on the scheme. The deadline for comments was 17 June 2015. We have now collated and analysed the feedback received as we further developed and finalised our proposals. If you have any further comments or questions about the scheme, please let us know by clicking on the ‘Have your say’ button at the top of this page.

    We have owned 35 hectares of land to the north east of Lydiard House for more than 20 years including land that still falls, as well as previously fell, within the Registered Park as designated by English Heritage around the listed building.

    English Heritage (now called Historic England) undertook a review of the registered park and garden in 2013. The site that we are proposing to develop falls outside of this designation and we are keen to develop an exemplary scheme for 48 much-needed family homes on a small portion of this site.

    As a demonstration of our commitment to bringing forward a scheme that integrates with and respects the local area, we are proposing to develop just three hectares of our land (constituting only 11% of our total land ownership), with surrounding fields being handed to the local community to act as a substantial green buffer between the residential area and the listed house, associated listed structures and parkland.

    Although the site is adjacent to the built-up area controlled by Swindon Borough Council, it falls within the boundaries of Wiltshire Council. Lydiard House falls within Swindon Borough Council’s ownership.

    The site of the proposed housing is currently grazed pasture and is bounded by mixed quality trees and hedges. A strip of woodland separates the site from Tewkesbury Way, with the narrowest section of trees located at the roundabout junction between Tewkesbury Way and Middleleaze Drive.

    To the north of Tewkesbury Way is an existing residential area, while the proposed development site’s eastern boundary abuts a footpath, with the rear gardens of homes in Spencer Close beyond.

    The western and southern boundaries of the site comprise mature trees and hedgerows which adjoin open fields. To the south, St Mary’s Church Tower can be viewed above the trees.

    A public footpath linking Tewkesbury Way with Lydiard House crosses the proposed development site from its north-eastern corner to the middle of its southern boundary. The site’s south-western corner is the meeting place for three footpaths across open fields, which will be retained as part of our scheme.

    Access to the site is currently from its north-eastern corner from the gated path which leads from Tewkesbury Way.

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  • Considerations

    About This Site Image

    Site constraints and opportunities map (click to enlarge)

    Before we started designing a new scheme, we completed an assessment of the existing site and the surrounding area to understand what features and considerations needed to be taken into account when we designed our proposal.

    We are keenly aware of the sensitive nature of this site, and, as a responsible developer, are working hard to identify and respond to its key characteristics and the surrounding area.

    Items we considered include:

    • Vehicle access and traffic impact 
    • Views to and from the site
    • Heritage and inter-relationship with Lydiard House and the historic Park and garden 
    • Relationship with existing neighbours
    • Drainage 
    • Respecting existing wildlife and ecology
    • Improved pedestrian and cycle links 
    • Accessibility to local facilities

    Local architects ALP Architects, who are specialists in developing sites in sensitive and historically sensitive areas,  designed the scheme. ALP took the local character of existing housing into account and responded to the historic setting of the site as they considered the housing design and layout.

    Existing wildlife and landscape features such as hedgerows and the area to the east of the site along the stream will be protected and, where possible, enhanced.

    We intend to provide landscaping across the whole of our land holdings, including in areas outside of the immediate development site, in order to help preserve and enhance views across to the fields from various heritage assets. This could include tree planting to help steer views, and hedgerow maintenance.

  • Proposed Layout

    Working from the concept plans and taking into account the key site considerations, we have designed a site plan that we feel allows for the most effective layout, enabling free movement and suitable access, whilst preserving the existing character and setting of Lydiard House, associated listed structures and parklands.

    We are proposing to develop this site for residential use, to accommodate 48 houses, 40% of which will be designated affordable housing. The plans also include significant areas of public open space which will be gifted to an appropriate body.

    Lydiard layout 2016

    We are proposing to develop a mixture of one to five bedroom homes on this site, and, due to the nature of this development and its setting, have tasked award winning ALP Architects with the task of designing a scheme that reflects local character and responds to the historic setting.

    Green open space will penetrate the development, which will be of low density (14 dwellings per net hectare) in order to help preserve existing viewpoints and the nature of the site.

    The scheme has been designed to have sensitive landscaping in and around the site in order to protect important viewpoints as far as possible.

    Existing wildlife and landscape features such as hedgerows and the area to the east of the site along the stream will be protected and, where possible, enhanced.

    We intend to provide landscaping across the whole of our land holdings, including in areas outside of the immediate development site, in order to help preserve and enhance views across to the fields from various heritage assets. This could include tree planting to help steer views, and hedgerow maintenance.

    Our developed plans

    Following feedback gained from our public consultation in 2014 on these early plans, we have refined our proposals and presented these at a public exhibition on 3rd June 2015.

    Please click here to view a summary of the key points of feedback received at the first stage of consultation and our response to these.

    This artists’ impression below illustrates the style of housing and proposed layout of the scheme, which is sensitive to the local surroundings and aims to provide the impression of a ‘Country Estate workers village’.

    Sketch

    In order to provide an idea of the key elements of the scheme and where changes have been made since the first stage of consultation, we have produced a revised proposed layout, with key points addressed. It can be downloaded here.

    Further information on the scheme can be found in the full set of public consultation exhibition boards, which can be downloaded here.

  • Land Gift

     

    Taylor Wimpeys Land Ownership v Amount for development

    Smaller area shows the land to be developed, larger area shows land currently owned by Taylor Wimpey and proposed to be gifted to the community

    The main benefit of this scheme is the land we intend to gift to the community, which is approximately 89% of what we own.

    The illustration to the right shows the amount of land owned by us (larger area) as well as the area of land we intend to develop (smaller area).

    We are prepared to hand all of the remaining land not included in our development to an appropriate local community body.

    The land that will be gifted to the local community will have some protected status, especially the land that falls within the Registered Park boundaries.

    We will not be seeking to preserve any of this land for future development and are prepared to commit to this in a legal agreement which will be discussed as part of the Section 106 agreement with Wiltshire Council. As such, this land will not be available for any further development – our scheme will preserve the surrounding areas, rather than ‘open the door’ to the rest of the fields being developed.

    Other main opportunities for the site include:

    • A scheme that will be developed in conjunction with the local community through extensive community consultation
    • An opportunity to provide a range of much needed new housing to the area
    • 40% affordable housing
    • The retention of the existing field vegetation to form a robust boundary to the setting of the listed parkland and buildings
    • The setting of the gateway / Public Rights of Way access to Listed Parkland to be buffered by green open space
    • Opportunity to retain and enhance slow stream and margins as wetland area, amenity interest and protected wildlife corridor
  • Latest Information

    News and Update

    • Summer 2014 - 1st public consultation
    • June 2015 - 2nd public consultation
    • July 2016 - Full planning application for 48 new homes has been submitted to Wiltshire Council. 
    • November 2016 - We have decided to withdraw our planning application at Lydiard in order to undertake further work on our proposals in response to local comments received. Please check our Twitter account and Facebook page for future updates about our plans at Lydiard. We will also keep this website updated with any future news about the proposals
        

    Public Consultation

    We have further refined our proposals taking on board feedback received during our first consultation on the early plans for the scheme. We held a second public exhibition in order to present our progressed plans and to hear your thoughts on:

    Date: 3rd June 2015

    Time: 2pm – 7.30pm

    Venue: Lydiard House Conference Centre, Lydiard Tregoze, Swindon, SN5 3PA

    We would like to thank all those that attended and provided their feedback on the scheme. The deadline for comments was 17 June 2015. We have now collated and analysed the feedback received as we further developed and finalised our proposal. If you have any further comments or questions about the scheme, please let us know by clicking on the ‘Have your say’ button at the top of this page.

    If you weren’t able to join us at the exhibition, we have included all the information displayed at the event on this website and on our social media channels. Please click here to download our exhibition boards. If you have any questions, please get in touch using the email or contact forms on this website and our Twitter and Facebook pages, or call 0800 298 7040.

    In order to make this an exemplar consultation, for the first time, we have created development-specific social media channels as a means of providing the public with additional platforms on which to interact with us about the plans. As such, we have a Facebook page, on which you can see a photo gallery showing how we developed our initial site plans and also find videos of the public giving feedback as well as members of our team explaining the way in which we've approached the development.

    You can keep up to date with all the latest developments by following the live feed below, straight from our Twitter account.