Acting on behalf of their client, Capital Land EDA, the Ridge planning office secured planning permission on 25th of August 2020, for an urban extension on an 86 hectares site, on land south of the A420, South Marston, Swindon subject to the signing of a S106 Agreement. The approved scheme includes up to 1,550 dwellings, including 233 mixed-tenure affordable homes, secondary school, primary school, park and ride site, sports hub and pitches and ancillary development. The approved scheme also includes connections to A420, Symmetry Park and Lotmead developments; central neighbourhood hub; and over 20 hectares of Green Infrastructure including some 7 ha of new native woodland.
The planning team at Ridge highlighted the critical importance of the proposals to the success of the Council’s 8,000 dwelling New Eastern Villages allocation, as a sustainable community through the delivery of vital infrastructure elements. It was also demonstrated by the planning team at Ridge that the client is locally based and is committed to a custodial role for the site, creating hundreds of direct jobs themselves during the 14 year construction period and beyond, as well as many indirect jobs in the construction and supply sectors.
Since the application was submitted in November 2017, Ridge and their client continued to work constructively with the Council making necessary amendments to the proposal that gained planning permission. Planning obligations will secure contributions which provide satisfactory mitigation of the impacts of the development.
Unique to the proposal and reflecting on Capital Land’s strong desire to create a high-quality development fitting its location as a gateway to Swindon along the A420, a design condition incorporates the principles set by the Committee on Climate Change’s ‘Fit for the Future’ publication to deliver low carbon, energy and water efficient, climate resilient and adaptable development.
Swindon Borough Council’s planning committee granted permission unanimously.