Board 1 – IntroductionWelcome to this informal consultation hosted by South Marston Village Expansion Group,a working party of South Marston Parish Council established to work in partnership withSwindon Borough Council on the Supplementary Planning Document for South Marston.The Village Expansion Group supports a community-led approach to shaping aSupplementary Planning Document rather than the preparation of a formalNeighbourhood Plan.This exhibition seeks to provide an update on key issues facing the village in the context ofthe proposed Eastern Villages development, and capture your views so that they caninform the emerging draft Supplementary Planning Document for South Marston. Thedraft Supplementary Planning Document will be subject to formal consultation later in theyear.Please note, the Supplementary Planning Document for South Marston cannot re-examinethe principle of growth in the village. This is determined by Swindon Borough Council’s(SBC) Core Strategy, which will be subject to a further round of consultation in summerthis year. More information on the Core Strategy can be found at:http://www.swindon.gov.uk/corestrategy.There are 9 Boards to visit and Parish Council Village Expansion Group members andBorough Council officers are present to speak to if you have any queries; 1. Introduction 2. Planning Context 3. Eastern Villages Supplementary Planning Document 4. South Marston Indicative Masterplan (DRAFT) 5. Housing and Design 6. Transport 7. Green Infrastructure 8. Community Facilities and Education 9. FloodingPlease do not forget to complete a RESPONSE FORM and place it in the box by the door.Your responses will be carefully considered by the Parish Council, who will then prepareand publish a report of findings. This report will be formally sent to the Local PlanningAuthority (and the development consortium) in order that it can be taken into account
when preparing and consulting on the Draft Supplementary Planning Document for SouthMarston later in the year.
GLOSSARY OF TERMS Planning is full of jargon and acronyms. Here are some of the most common ones.Affordable Housing: social rented, affordable rented and intermediate housing providedto eligible households whose needs are not met in the market. Affordable housing canalso be part owned by the occupier and part by a housing association; this is known as‘shared equity’.Brownfield land (previously developed land): land which is or was occupied by apermanent structure and any associated fixed surface infrastructure.Buy to let: open market housing bought specifically to let to tenants rather than owneroccupation.Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL): a levy allowing local authorities to raise funds fromowners or developers of land undertaking new building projects in their areas.Core Strategy: the Core Strategy or Local Plan is required by planning law. It sets out thelong-term spatial vision for a local area, identifying the overall level of different types ofdevelopment (housing, retail, employment etc) and where that development should go.Other local planning documents, for example Supplementary Planning Documents, mustbe in general conformity with the Core Strategy, developing the principles it sets outregarding the development and use of land in a local planning authority’s area.Density: the number of dwelling units (houses, bungalows or flats) of a given geographicarea.Design code: illustrated design rules and requirements which instruct and may advise onthe physical development of a site or area. The graphic and written components of thecode are detailed and precise, and build upon a design vision such as a masterplan orother deign framework for a site or area.Development Plan: this includes adopted Local Plans, neighbourhood plans and is definedin Section 38 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004.Community Forest: an area identified through the England Community Forest Programmeto revitalise countryside and green space in and around major conurbations.Environmental Impact Assessment: a procedure to be followed for certain types ofproject to ensure that decisions are made in full knowledge of any likely significant effectson the environment.Flood Risk Assessment (FRA): required when a planning application is submitted.Green field land: undeveloped land
Green Infrastructure: a network of multi-functional green space, urban and rural, which iscapable of delivering a wide range of environmental and quality of life benefits for localcommunities.Heritage Asset: a building, monument, site or place, area or landscape identified as havinga degree of significance meriting consideration in planning decisions because of itsheritage interest.Historic Environment :all aspects of the environment resulting from interaction betweenpeople and places through time, including all surviving physical remains of past humanactivity, whether visible, buried or submerged, and landscaped and planted or managedflora.Inclusive design: designing the built environment, including buildings and theirsurrounding spaces to ensure they can be accessed and used by everyone.Local Planning Authority: the public authority whose duty it is to carry out specificplanning functions for a particular area (Swindon Borough Council), for examplepreparation of a Core Strategy or Local Plan, and determination of planning applications.Local Plan: The plan for future development of the local area, drawn up by the LocalPlanning Authority in consultation with the community. New planning regulations meanthan future plans will be known as the Core Strategy.Market housing: private housing for rent or sale, where the price is set on the openmarket.Masterplan: the Supplementary Planning Document will include a Masterplan whichshows how the proposed development principles can be applied to deliver a sustainable,appropriate and sympathetic extension of the village. It will indicate proposed land usesand be drawn on an Ordnance Survey map base.National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF): the National Planning Policy Framework setsout the Government’s planning policies for England and how these are expected to beapplied. It sets out the Government’s requirements for the planning system only to theextent that it is relevant, proportionate and necessary to do so. It provides a frameworkwithin which local people and their accountable councils can produce their own distinctivelocal and neighbourhood plans, which reflect the needs and priorities of theircommunities.Neighbourhood Plan: a plan prepared by a Parish Council or Neighbourhood Forum for aparticular neighbourhood area.Open space: all open space of public value, including not just land but also areas of water(such as rivers, canals and lakes) which offer important opportunities for sport andrecreation and can act as visual amenity.
Planning condition: a condition imposed on a grant of planning permission.Planning Obligation: a legally enforceable obligation entered into under section 106 of theTown and Country Planning Act 1990 to mitigate the impacts of a development proposal.Private Landlord: A private landlord is someone who owns and lets properties as asupplementary form of income.Rural exception sites: small sites used for affordable housing in perpetuity where siteswould not normally be used for housing. Rural exception seeks to address the needs ofthe local community by accommodating households who are either current residents orhave an existing family or employment connection.South Marston Parish Council: Parish Councils provide a statutory tier of localgovernment and have a vital role in acting on behalf of the local community that theyrepresent.South Marston Village Expansion Group (SMVEG): a Working Party of South MarstonParish council established to work in partnership with Swindon Borough Council on theSupplementary Planning Document for South Marston.Strategic Environmental Assessment: a procedure which requires the formalenvironmental assessment of certain plans and programmes which are likely to havesignificant effects on the environment.Supplementary Planning Documents: documents which add further detail to the policiesin the Local Plan. They are a material consideration in planning decisions but are not partof the development plan.Swindon Borough Council: Local Authority covering the administrative area of SwindonBorough.Transport Assessment: a comprehensive and systematic process that sets out transportissues relating to a proposed development. It identifies which measures will be requiredto improve accessibility and safety for all modes of travel, particularly for alternatives tothe private car such as walking, cycling and public transport and what measures will needto be taken to deal with the anticipated transport impacts of the development.Travel Plan: a long-term management strategy for an organisation or site that seeks todeliver sustainable transport objectives through action and is articulated in a documentthat is regularly reviewed.Wildlife corridor: areas of habitat connecting wildlife populations.Windfall sites: sites which have not been specifically identified as available in the LocalPlan process. They often comprise previously developed sites that have unexpectedlybecome available.
FloodingEnvironment Agency: executive Non-departmental Public Body responsible to theSecretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Principal aims are to protectand improve the environment, and to promote sustainable development.Flood Risk Assessment: in England and Wales, the Environment Agency requires a FloodRisk Assessment (FRA) to be submitted alongside planning applications in areas that areknown to be at risk of flooding (within Flood Zones 2 or 3). Planning permission is notnormally granted until the FRA has been accepted by the Environment Agency.Fluvial Flooding: flooding resulting from water levels exceeding the bank level of a mainriverLocal Lead Flood Authority: Local authority responsible for taking the lead on local floodrisk management (SBC)Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS): management practices and controlstructures that are designed to drain surface water in a more sustainable manner thansome conventional techniquesSurface Water: rainwater (including snow and other precipitation) which is on the surfaceof the ground (whether it is moving or not) and has not entered a watercourse, drainagesystem or public sewerThames Water: the body responsible for water supply and sewerage.
Board 2 – Planning Context NATIONAL PLANNING POLICY FRAMEWORK (NPPF) The National Planning Policy Framework, published in 2012, sets out the Government’s planning policies for England and explains how these are expected to be applied. It provides a framework within which local people and their accountable councils canproduce their own distinctive local and neighbourhood plans, which reflect the needs and priorities for their communities. There is a presumption in favour of sustainable development (as defined within the document) and the NPPF is a material consideration in planning decisions. More information can be found at:http://www.communities.gov.uk/planningandbuilding/planningsystem/planningpolicy/pla nningpolicyframework/ LOCAL PLANNING CONTEXT Statement of CORE STRATEGY Community Involvement EASTERN SOUTH VILLAGES MARSTON THEME BASED SUPPLEMENTARY SUPPLEMENTARY SUPPLEMENTARY PLANNING PLANNING PLANNING DOCUMENTS DOCUMENT DOCUMENT (e.g. ACCESS FOR ALL)The Core Strategy is the principal planning policy document for Swindon, setting out thelong-term spatial vision for the borough to 2026. It identifies the overall level of differenttypes of development that is proposed, and the geographical location of the development.It identifies the proposed Eastern Villages development – a mixed use development to theeast of the A419 with up to 7,500 homes and associated uses.The Supplementary Planning Documents for the Eastern Villages and South Marston arebeing prepared concurrently as an expanded South Marston, whilst retaining its ownidentity, needs to integrate with the wider Eastern Villages development. The documentsoverlap in their geographical extent and share broad design principles.
ANTICIPATED TIMETABLE FOR ADOPTION Core Strategy Statutory consultation on Submission Draft – Summer/Autumn 2012 Examination in Public – early 2013 Adoption - Autumn 2013A developer’s Marston and Eastern Villages Supplementary Planning land in South South consortium own or have options on significant areas of DocumentsMarston. The consortium has indicated Core Strategy– late toin Public 2012planning application for Statutory consultation Adoption following its intention Summer a Examination submitprimarily residential development by the end of the year.Hartwell’s own land at Crown Timber and Thornhill Industrial Estate and have alreadyengaged planning consultants to prepare a planning application to develop thesebrownfield sites for residential purposes.Please don’t hesitate to ask SMVEG members or Borough planning officer’s questions.
Board 3 – Eastern VillagesSupplementary Planning DocumentThe purpose of this stand is to provide the context in which the South MarstonSupplementary Planning Document is being prepared. Whilst Swindon Borough Councilwelcomes early engagement on the draft Eastern Villages Supplementary PlanningDocument, the purpose of this exhibition is to consider issues specifically related toSouth Marston. The draft Eastern Villages Supplementary Planning Document will besubject to statutory consultation later this year.The Core Strategy sets the strategic context for the proposed Eastern Villagesdevelopment. Policy NC4 allocates a mixed use development based on a series of newdistinct villages and an expanded village at South Marston: - 7,500 homes in total at an average density of 35 dwellings per hectare, - 20 hectares of employment land, - 12,000m2 of retail and complimentary uses including a new District Centre, 3 local centres and additional facilities in South Marston to serve the local community, - A learning campus, - An additional 3 primary schools and an expanded school at South Marston, - A comprehensive approach to tackling climate change including harnessing of green energy - Green infrastructure, - Sport and leisure facilities.The vision for the Eastern Villages is set out below, and the plan indicates the proposedextent of the individual villages, or neighbourhood areas. Draft Eastern Villages Supplementary Planning Document – Vision A well designed, high quality, innovative, sustainable, diverse and contemporary development with strategic infrastructure that benefits Swindon as a whole A sensitive approach to the development that responds positively to the existing landscape context, natural and historic assets and the identity of the surrounding villages as well as enhancing biodiversity and Green Infrastructure
A series of new distinct villages with individual identities and characters linked together by green spaces that help integrate the development with the existing urban area and wider landscape setting Facilities and services required for the new communities and opportunities for existing neighbouring areas to benefit from the development including improved connections to the Town Centre A new eastern gateway to Swindon that improves the image of the Town and maximises benefits to the wider economyThe density and character of the new villages will vary according to their location – morecompact around the key nodes and the primary movement network; lower toward therural fringe of the development and edges of villages. The scale of development willenable a number of new transport connections and improvements to existing facilitiesincluding a rapid transit link to the Town Centre from the north east end of the site alongwith a Park and Ride site, the improvement of White Hart junction and A420 to managethe additional traffic demands, a new road link to Commonhead and a “green bridge”,providing a new bus, pedestrian and cycleway across the A419.Large swathes of land through the site comprise the proposed areas of greeninfrastructure (GI). These include watercourses, their associated flood risk zones as wellas more formal open spaces and leisure uses, woodland planting, wildlife areas andhistoric assets. These zones help define the edges of the individual villages, providingidentity and further enhancing the diversity and individuality of the new neighbourhoods.The proposed District Centre will be the hub of the development delivering an anchorfood store of up to 10,000m2 gross retail (with a maximum 20% comparison goods), aswell as a diverse range of facilities including other retail, restaurant and leisure units.The Learning Campus will comprise the main secondary school for the Eastern Villages, alocal primary school, a special school, a children’s centre and early years provision alongwith a local public sector base and access for facilities for community use.The Eastern Villages Supplementary Planning Document will identify the highway, andother infrastructure requirements, necessary to serve the entire development. It will alsocarefully consider how South Marston village will relate to the overall development, howits character and setting can be safeguarded, and how the impact of the development canbe minimised.Please don’t hesitate to ask SMVEG members or Borough planning officer’s questions.
Board 4 – South Marston IndicativeMasterplanOther boards in the room explore individual issues such as transport and housing, andseek your views on particular issues and options/alternatives. The South MarstonSupplementary Planning Document will include an Indicative Masterplan, and the planbelow shows how the different land uses and highway connections could look.The plan shows sufficient land to accommodate about 580 new homes on greenfield land(consortium controlled and other smaller privately owned sites) and about 170 homes onbrownfield sites (at an average density of 30 dwellings per hectare).Development PrinciplesSouth Marston Working Party has agreed the following Development Principles, againstwhich the Indicative Masterplan has been prepared: 1. Separation from other Residential Areas. Maintain and visually enhance the separation of the village from the Swindon urban area, and any future development, by providing a gap of open amenity space. 2. Rural feel. Maintain an open and rural feel by providing public open space accessible to the existing and future residents with green corridors that safeguard views from the village to the North Wessex Downs Area of Natural Beauty, the Church and the surrounding countryside. 3. Culture and Heritage. Create a thriving modern settlement that respects its cultural, historical and archaeological heritage. 4. Community Facilities in the Village. Enhance a sense of belonging to a single village community by providing modern facilities (near to the school) with adequate shared parking. 5. Primary Education. Provide a sympathetically designed Primary School in an accessible location with permanent buildings and sufficient capacity to cater for all village children, and which acts as a community resource. 6. Existing Dwellings . New development to have no detrimental impact on the amenity of existing dwellings. 7. Travel. Ensure an integrated safe and convenient road, footpath and cycleway layout that embraces the ‘Walkable Neighbourhood’ concept. 8. Public Transport. Encourage the use and provision of public and community based transport to serve the expanded village. 9. Pedestrian and Cycle Connections. Provide pedestrian and cycle connections to the village centre, between neighbourhoods and to nearby facilities and public transport hubs, as well as into the countryside. 10. Traffic Control. Control both traffic volume and speed, particularly at Pound Corner, using a revised highway network, signage, enforced 20 mph speed restriction
and measures to significantly reduce movement of large vehicles and through traffic, whilst retaining and enhancing road links to the outside world.11. Housing Types. Maintain the village character by reflecting the existing overall mix of housing types, with a bias towards detached family homes and distinctive design aesthetic, a housing density of 25 to the hectare and 15% social housing*. *Swindon Borough Council has not agreed to this as the Core Strategy requires an average density of 35 dwellings per hectare and 30% affordable housing. However, in acknowledgement of the unique character of the village the Council accepts a lower density is appropriate for the village (30 dwellings per hectare) and has agreed an affordable housing allocation of 20%.12. Older People. Enable older people to live in the village by providing appropriate dwellings through a mix of open market, social and supported housing as well as access to appropriate community facilities.13. Recreation and Visual Amenity (Green Space). Provide recreational and visual amenity for all generations by providing new public open space using a ratio of one quarter developed land to three quarters undeveloped land and incorporating new allotments, play, sports and recreation facilities*. *Swindon Borough Council adopted standard is 3.2 Hectares per 1000 population14. Flood Risk. Protect the current and future village from fluvial and surface water flood risk and take account of existing drainage facilities.15. Provision of Services. Facilitate provision of mains drainage and gas supply to existing properties lacking these. Ensure availability of high speed internet access throughout the village.16. Design Codes. Establish the requirement for Village Design Codes to guide the structure, design and character of new development. Establish legibility criteria and standards.17. Building for Life. Adopt “Building For Life” criteria for new housing development.18. Secured by Design. Create a village form that embraces security by design principles, requirements for natural surveillance and community safety.19. Sustainable Design. Require sustainable design and construction e.g.energy provision and efficiency, waste management, SUDS, BREEAM/EcoHomes, low carbon development.
Question 1; DO YOU HAVE ANY COMMENTS ON THE DRAFT DEVELOPMENT PRINCIPLES?Question 2; DO YOU FEEL THE PROPOSED RESIDENTIAL AREAS (SHOWN RED ON THEMAP) ARE IN THE RIGHT LOCATIONS?Please don’t hesitate to ask SMVEG members or Borough planning officer’s questions.
Board 5 – Housing and DesignThe Core Strategy is expected to propose the allocation of about 580 homes on greenfieldland and about 170 homes on brownfield sites (Crown Timber and Thornhill IndustrialEstate).The need for a Design FrameworkSouth Marston’s Village Expansion Group and Swindon Borough Council are keen to see aset of Design Criteria included within the Supplementary Planning Document, as well as arequirement for the developers to submit, consult on, and adopt an approved set ofDESIGN CODES for South Marston before any new homes are built. These design rules willprovide greater assurance over design quality and advise on and instruct on the physicaldevelopment of the village.The Codes could require a range of housing densities, for example higher density for thevillage core and densities as low as 20dwellings/hectare towards the village edge.The examples on this board show that the design and layout of new housing is morecritical to achieving appropriate high quality development than just seeking lowerdensities.Providing for local needsA design code can influence the availability of particular types of houses for particularneeds. South Marston already has a higher population of older people than generallyacross the Borough. The SPD could specify that a proportion of homes must meet the‘Lifetime Homes Standard’. This would mean that existing villager, or relatives of existingvillagers have a better chance of finding suitable housing in the village if their currentaccommodation is no longer appropriate for their needs.Affordable housingThe SPD must be consistent with the overall Core Strategy policies in the Borough. Withinany new development, there must be a proportion of housing that is classed as‘affordable’ which includes social rented housing as well as shared equity (part owned,part rented) housing. The South Marston design code can state that such housing shouldbe of the same or similar quality as housing aimed at the commercial market and can bedistributed throughout the new development.Housing Density
The indicative masterplan (Board 4) shows how this amount of development could beprovided if the new housing was to be built at an average density of about 30dwellings/hectare (12 dwellings/acre). A higher average density of at least 35dwellings/hectare is proposed for the wider Eastern Villages development.There is an understandable concern that densities should not be too high and alter thecharacter of the village but if housing density was to be lower, significantly more landwould need to be built on.A lower average density of about 25 dwellings/hectare (10 dwellings/acre) would requireabout a FIFTH more (20%) land to be allocated, similar to the size of the existingRecreation Ground.Examples of existing development in South Marston built at different densitiesLocation DensityBell Gardens 20.6 dwellings per hectareChurch Ground 24.5 dwellings per hectareQuarrybrook Close 41.1 dwellings per hectareQuestion 3; DO YOU AGREE WITH THE IDEA OF APPROVING DESIGN CRITERIA (A DESIGNCODE) THAT SET OUT THE QUALITY AND DENSITY OF DEVELOPMENT THAT WILL BEEXPECTED FOR THE VILLAGE?Question 4; DO YOU FAVOUR A BROAD RANGE OF HOUSING TYPES OR PREDOMINATELYSUB-URBAN STYLE DETACHED AND SEMI- DETACHED HOUSES?Question 5; DO YOU FEEL THAT NEW HOMES SHOULD BE FRONTED ONTO THERECREATION GROUND AND OTHER OPEN SPACES IN THE EXPANDED VILLAGE?Question 6; SHOULD NEW HOMES BE “ENVIRONMENTALLY – FRIENDLY” WITH FEATURESINCLUDING HIGH INSULATION, SOLAR PANELS, “GREY WATER” FOR TOILET FLUSHINGETC?Please don’t hesitate to ask SMVEG members or Borough planning officer’s questions.
Board 6 – TransportThe planning application for the proposed Eastern Villages will require a TransportAssessment to determine the number of additional trips generated and how these will beaccommodated on the local highway.Swindon Borough Council in partnership with the Highways Agency (who are responsiblefor the A419) and South Marston Village Expansion Group have commissioned transportconsultants (Halcrow and JMP) to robustly assess the transport impacts of the proposeddevelopment prior to receipt of any planning application.We know existing concerns relate to Pound Corner (vehicular and pedestrian conflict), thelevel of ‘through traffic’, the number of vehicles exceeding the speed limit and the numberof Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) using roads in the village.In 2010 a report on the existing transport problems in the village and possible solutionswas prepared by JMP, working on behalf of South Marston Village Expansion Group andSwindon Borough Council. This has now been modified to take into account the changesexpected to occur in the next 10 years. The updated report indicates that the followingtransport solutions are appropriate to mitigate the impact of additional trips within thevillage: - 20mph throughout village (30mph outer limit) with psychological traffic calming and gateway features - Retention of Rowborough and Nightingale Lane as Public Rights of Way/Bridlepaths - Junction improvements on A420 (signalised crossroads at Gablecross junction, widening of Police Station access with introduction of a right turn lane from the east and additional lane westbound, widening of A420 westbound between western EV access, new eastern access near Acorn Bridge). - No ‘southern bypass’ for South Marston - No ‘eastern bypass’ for South MarstonPound CornerTwo options were modelling to understand how the junction would perform and howtraffic will disperse around the village: - The provision of a footway on the northern side of Pound Corner along with a new junction on Thornhill Road between Rawlings Close and Manor Park, and
- A clockwise one way system starting at Pound Corner and comprising of Old Vicarage Lane, new residential roads, a new junction on Thornhill Road between Rawlings Close and Manor Park, and Thornhill Road. A third option which has not been modelled due to capacity and safety concerns is to retain the existing arrangement at Pound Corner and provide an additional junction on Thornhill Road between Rawlings Close and Manor Park, and Thornhill Road. Connections to Rowborough Two options have been modelled: - An all movement junction allowing turning movements between Old Vicarage Lane and the link road to Rowborough, and - A limited movement junction to prevent traffic from Rowborough travelling through South Marston. The testing concluded that offering an all movement junction in the form of a roundabout is unlikely to result in a significant increase in traffic volumes in South Marston. The full JMP report is available in hard copy and on the Parish Council’s website. Please speak to a SMVEG representative or Borough Council Officer for details.Rural roads are an integral part of any rural community structure and a recreationalopportunity. It will be important to remove unnecessary vehicles from village roads bymaking Thornhill Road, Highworth Road and Old Vicarage Lane unattractive ‘throughroutes’, and to retain the rural nature of the village . Psychological traffic calming featuresare designed for the local context.
The transport modelling assesses the predicted increase in number of vehicles that are likely to use roads in the village (please see table of figures) and road capacity. It does not consider other issues, for example quality of life, and therefore proposed ‘solutions’ need to be assessed against a broad range of criteria including deliverability and value for money.Question 7; DO YOU AGREE WITH INTRODUCING A 20MPH SPEED LIMIT THROUGHOUTTHE VILLAGE?Question 8; WHAT ARE YOUR VIEWS FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF POUND CORNER?Question 9; ACCESS INTO AND OUT OF THE VILLAGE IS CRITICAL. DO YOU AGREE WITHTHE PROPOSALS TO IMPROVE THE JUNCTIONS WITH THE A420?
Pound Corner Traffic Volumes with and without a one way system – AM Peak HourPound Corner Traffic Volumes with and without a one way system – PM Peak Hour
Board 7 – Green InfrastructureNew OPEN SPACES will need to be provided by the developers to support the increase inpopulation resulting from the expansion of the village.The plan illustrates how the areas suggested for development could be divided by threemain “greenways” of open space that would provide an open structure to villageexpansion, retain views out to the North Wessex Downs and importantly, ensure thatmost existing homes remain next to, or nearby, open space(s).This arrangement would allow;• a network of safe footpaths and cycle ways to be provided connecting to existingpaths and streets, and to the fields on the edge of the village that will remainundeveloped. This could include opening up existing cul-de-sacs to allow pedestrian accessto recreational areas wherever possible.• different types of open space to be provided, including more allotments, play areas,sports pitches, and areas for wildlife.• the possibility of either the transfer into a Village Trust, or designation as a LocalGreen Space, of all of the land which is controlled by the development consortium whichis not allocated for development.The issue of education provision is discussed in more detail on Board 8. However, therecreational facilities associated with the school need to be considered in the context ofGreen Infrastructure as an expanded school at the existing location would requiredevelopment of a small part of the recreation ground. In this instance compensatory landwould be provided by the developers consortium to the east of the existing recreationalground.
Question 10; DO YOU AGREE THAT THE PLANNED OPEN SPACE REPRESENTS A LOGICALWAY TO PROVIDE AMENITY LAND WITHIN AN EXPANDED VILLAGE?Question 11; ARE THERE PARTICULAR TYPES OF OPEN SPACE THAT YOU THINK SHOULDBE PROVIDED?More Allotments Community Woodland/OrchardEquipped Play Areas A new Village Green/Formal GardensInformal Play Areas Sports PitchesSkateboard Park Wildlife AreasOther (please specify)* the provision of housing at a lower density would mean less land is available for publicopen space due to the amount of land required to deliver the total number of homes.Please don’t hesitate to ask SMVEG members or Borough planning officer’s questions.
Board 8 – Community Facilities,Education and Other InfrastructureAny new house-building proposal requires the developer to contribute to the‘infrastructure’ of the community in which it is being built. This includes improvements tothe roads as well as contributions to educational facilities, green space, formal sportspitches and community buildings for public use. Any services and facilities that the villagewishes to secure through the expansion of South Marston will need to be prioritised, sinceas a limited amount of funding will be available through Section 106 (developercontributions).EDUCATIONThere will be a requirement to provide additional school places for the increase of childrenof primary school age who will live within the expanded village.The existing school is 0.5 forms of entry (105 pupils) and a further 1 form of entry (210pupils) will be needed. There are two possibilities: either to expand the existing school orto build a relocated school on land controlled by the developers to the west (to the southof Bell Gardens). These options are subject to a feasibility study commissioned by theLocal Education Authority (Swindon Borough Council). The study includes an assessmentof the possibility of shared use of facilities.The developers will only be required to fund new school places, and not to cover the costof providing the existing 0.5 forms of entry (105 pupils), if a relocated school option waspreferred. With limited public resources comparative overall costs will be important toconsider, as the Local Education Authority will need to ensure that the option chosen is fitfor the purpose of delivering a high quality of education. Land take from the RecreationGround for the expansion option would result in allocation of a similar increase in greenspace elsewhere near the Village Centre.There are advantages and disadvantages to both alternatives and you may have your ownviews, whether you have children attending the school or, as a village resident.Question 12; BEARING IN MIND THAT THE SCHOOL OPTIONS APPRAISAL MAY RULE OUTONE OR OTHER OPTION ON COST GROUNDS, DO YOU FAVOUR A) EXPANDING THEEXISTING SCHOOL OR, B) THE BUILDING OF A REPLACEMENT SCHOOL ON A NEW SITE TOTHE SOUTH OF BELL GARDENS, AND WHY?
COMMUNITY HUBThe expansion of the village presents an opportunity to improve community facilities inthe village.The existing village hall will no longer meet the village’s needs and a larger village hall withbetter parking facilities will be required. Should it provide space for a village cafe, indoorsports such as badminton, or a “white room” that could be used by a locum doctor orchiropodist? Should it be located next to the School on the Recreation Ground orelsewhere? Should the Village Car Park be extended on the Recreation Ground?You may feel that a village shop, either run commercially, or as a community shop wouldbenefit an expanded village.It makes sense to provide community facilities in a way that provides maximum flexibilityfor use by local community groups as well as providing additional space for use for schoolactivities. In many large new developments, a new school is designed and built to providethe community facilities, and then managed by the school governors and the educationauthority. In other developments, the community hall is a separate building, owned bythe community, which may be used by the school for specific activities and events. SouthMarston has the opportunity to decide which approach is most appropriate for this village.The new development also presents an opportunity to improve other services, at cost, forexample superfast broadband and connection to mains drainage for those properties that
are currently served by septic tanks that may be in areas close to where new houses arebeing built.Question 13; SHOULD THE NEW SOUTH MARSTON COMMUNITY HALL BE OWNED ANDMANAGED BY THE COMMUNITY ITSELF, OR PROVIDED BY THE SCHOOL?Question 14; DO YOU THINK THAT A VILLAGE SHOP SHOULD BE CONSIDERED TO SERVETHE EVENTUAL INCREASED VILLAGE POPULATION OF ABOUT 1,800 PEOPLE?Question 15; WHAT OTHER COMMUNITY FACILITIES WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE?Question 16; DO YOU THINK THAT IT WOULD BE BENEFICIAL IF THESE NEW VILLAGEFACILITIES WERE LOCATED NEXT TO THE SCHOOL, WHEREVER IT IS LOCATED?Please don’t hesitate to ask SMVEG members or Borough planning officer’s questions.
Board 9 – FloodingThe village is low lying and has suffered from major flooding events in the last few years.It is imperative that new development does not increase flood risk. No development willbe allowed within the defined river floodplains and a full FLOOD RISK ASSESSMENT (FRA)will have to be prepared by the developers’ consultants, and approved by theEnvironment Agency and SBC (as Local Lead Flood Authority) before the grant of anyplanning permission. The FRA will be a public document.The Flood Risk Assessment will detail required mitigation measures to be identified toensure that the existing village, and new development within the village, will not bethreatened by the impact of new development on flood risk within the overall ProposedEastern Villages development.Representatives from the Environment Agency and the developers are in attendance toanswer your questions.
The developers (SEDAG) have said:“Relating to flooding, the flood data has been prepared over a number of years and atpresent relate to the modelled extent of the floodplain. This will generally set thepotential development areas for the scheme. The flood work done to date has beensigned off by the Environment Agency. The scheme will incorporate a range of SustainableDrainage Systems (SuDS) that will ensure that there is no greater flood risk as a result ofthe proposals, but the details of the type, size and locations of the SuDS will come throughfurther detailed design work and through our Flood Risk Assessment that will form part ofour planning application proposals.”
Is there anything you think we have missed?Please don’t forget to complete one of the RESPONSE FORMS and place it in the box by the door. NEXT STEPS Your responses will be carefully considered by the Parish Council, which will then prepare and publish a report of findings. This report will be formally sent to the Local Planning Authority (and the development consortium) for it to take into account when preparing and consulting on the Draft Supplementary Planning Document for South Marston later in the year. Please watch the Parish Council website for updates. Finally, if you have any questions, please speak to one of your Parish Councillors or to one of the Borough Council Planning officers who are also in attendance.