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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