Residents are invited to “a public consultation event” to hear about a developer’s plans to build up to 60 new homes in Lydiard Millicent.
Custom Land are organising the event, which will take place on 14th July in the Parish Hall, between 7.30 and 9.30pm.
Custom Land was recently unsuccessful in its application to build four homes off the Mews. However, its latest plans are far more extensive and encompass the land to the south of the original site, bordering Meadow Springs and Badger’s Brook. The developer has yet to lodge a formal application, so the planned event is an opportunity for villagers to find out what is going on and to make their views known.
Custom Land’s previous application was vigourously opposed by local residents and the Parish Council. It failed, largely on the technical grounds that it did not constitute “infill.” However, the case law on housing need continues to develop, as does the politcial and social pressure for more homes. The draft neighbourhood plan for Lydiard shows other preferred areas for development and stresses the need to preserve a rural buffer from Swindon. However, the implosion of the neighbourhood planning process means the neighbourhood plan remains unadopted, and won’t be taken into account when any application is considered.