Local residents in the Mews are being asked for their views on development proposals.
The proposals relate to the field by the Orchards, at the end of the Mews, which also backs onto Chestnut Springs.
Planning Consultants, Star Planning, have written to some residents inviting them to a “drop in” session to discuss their proposals for the Mews.
The session will take place between 7pm and 9m on Thursday 31st March at the Parish Hall.
There is no duty on prospective developers to consult in advance of an application for proposals which do not relate to major infrastructure. However, pre-application engagement with the community is encouraged by the Government as a means of “adding value to the process and the outcome.”
Currently, no firm details of the proposals, or plans, are available. However, matters should become clearer after Thursday’s meeting.
Star Planning say they have only written to residents in the immediate vicinity of the site, as they want to hear the views of those most directly affected by the current proposals.
The prospective site abuts the turning circle, which was left in the ownership of Hannick Homes following the construction of the original Mews properties in 2007.
Parking problems are already a concern with some residents. A recent application for an extension to an existing property has drawn adverse comment from neighbours and the Parish Council, who cited lack of parking and overdevelopment of the area.
There are other concerns too, shared by some in the wider community. The letter from Star Planning refers to “a housing scheme for 3 or 4 homes which would be served from the Orchard.” However, some residents fear that the proposals could lead to further development of the land immediately behind the field, which backs on to Holborn and forms the rural buffer with Swindon.
At this stage, the proposals look as if they will be limited to the “in-fill” in the Mews. However, subsequent moves to develop land to the south east of the site cannot be ruled out in the longer term.
More extensive plans, should there be any, would be subject to a wider consultation, Mr Barnes of Star Planning said.
Star Planning describe themselves as “a well established Planning Consultancy which acts for a range of clients from major companies through to individuals with planning problems.” Their past successes elsewhere include obtaining outline consent for 251 dwellings on a site designated as Metropolitan Open Land, and an outline permission for 550 dwellings in Gloucestershire on land not identified for residential purposes in any adopted development plan.
Their plans for Lydiard Millicent remain to be seen.
The draft neighbourhood plan for Lydiard Millicent favours “high quality, environmentally sensitive, small scale development”. It also says that any prospective development should make provision for older people and families who wish to remain in the village. Any new development should also make adequate provision for parking.
However, after a series of delays, the neighbourhood plan remains still to be adopted. It is, therefore, unlikely to have much, if any, any influence over prospective development.