This has just been posted by the Ridgeway Ward Councillor Gary Sumner, letters referred attached. The applicants (Wasdell) have sent two emails this week via their Swindon based PR company (since officers recommended REFUSAL of the application) to all Councillors at SBC (including members of the Planning Committee). The emails apply clear pressure on councillors to ignore officers recommendations
The Planning Report on the development proposal at Inlands Farm, Lower Wanborough has just been published a week ahead of the planning meeting to decide the application on 25th August 2020. In its 77-page report the Swindon Borough Council Planning Officers have concluded that virtually every aspect of the application should be rejected, citing a plethora of significant technical planning deficiencies and noting these far outweigh any economic benefits claimed.
The Planning Meeting to determine the fate of this development proposal is to be held on 25th August 2020.
The SSPG is gratified to see the thoroughness of the Officers’ report, and their overwhelmingly unequivocal rejection of every aspect of the proposal, especially as they gave due consideration to the economic benefits claimed as well as the technical planning issues. Our consultants have never seen a more comprehensive and well articulated report detailing reasons to refuse an application. Read an extract from the report with nearly 20 reasons for refusal.
Local protest group, the South Swindon Protection Group, noted that the two applications to develop industrial land in Lower Wanborough have together caused 1750 responses from Swindon residents, over 80% of which were objecting to the proposal. The Group has repeatedly called for the revised application for a proposed land development in Lower Wanborough to be thrown out by SBC’s Planning Committee.
The South Swindon Protection Group, representing over 600 Swindon residents, submits its formal objection to the Inlands Farm development. John Warr says "we are pleased that over 500 residents and 23 statutory consultees have already sent in objections to the proposed Science Park. Our objection, will provide extra weight in dismantling the economic case for this development and exposing this application for what it is. A speculative application on a site that didn’t even qualify for consideration in Swindon’s local plan and on planning grounds alone should be dismissed out of hand". The SSPG is supportive of economic growth in Swindon and wish Wasdell all success in growing its business on one of the plethora of suitable sites already earmarked for development in the 2036 local plan.
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