Brook Cottage – County Archaeologist Advises against application until an evaluation has been undertaken

On 8 September 2017, the county archaeologist wrote:

Dear Sarah.

Thank you for consulting me on the above application. This location is archaeologically sensitive, being within 150 m of where a Roman building was revealed during work on the northern car park at Lydiard Park. There is also a medieval settlement at Wick Farm within 100 m of the proposed development site. I advise that an archaeological evaluation is undertaken across the site and reported on prior to the determination of the planning application.

Regards, Melanie
Melanie Pomeroy-Kellinger BA MA MCIfA
County Archaeologist
Wiltshire Council
Tel 01249 705511
Mob 07900047633

Archaeology Advisor to Swindon Borough Council
Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre
Cocklebury Road
Chippenham
SN15 3QN

Lydiard Park Heritage Trust publishes objection to Brook Cottage proposals

The Lydiard Park Heritage Trust has issued its objection to the proposal to build four executive houses at Brook Cottage within the Essential Setting of Lydiard Park. The key points raised in the objection are:

  • Building at Brook Cottage would cause considerable harm to the ‘Heritage Experience’ of the Park and the temporary screen the current owner has allowed to grow in an unmanaged fashion should be removed
  • To allow the application would be an error in law under the NPPF (National Planning Policy Framework)
  • Full Council approved a motion in September 2016 expressing its ‘unequivocal objection’ to Taylor Wimpey’s proposal to build within the Essential Setting

The full paper can be read here

The diagram is from about 1920 and shows the avenue of elms along Church Lane. These were replaced in the 1970’s (due to Dutch Elm disease) with Limes. The part of the avenue to the North of Brook Cottage has now been obscured completely by an unmanaged hedge of field maple.

Application to build executive houses within the Essential Setting

The owner of Brook Cottage has applied to build four very large houses (4+ bedrooms) on land to the left as you enter Lydiard Park from Hay Lane. This land is within the essential setting of Lydiard Park and will, should the application be allowed, set a precedent that may allow other developers to build within it.

We believe that Lydiard Parks essential setting MUST be protected – if one development is allowed, more will follow and more after that – the domino affect of precedents will prevail.

If you believe Lydiard Park’s rural identity must be saved for future generations, we ask that you object to this application without delay and certainly by the deadline for comments which is the 4th September!

Full details together with a description of how to submit your comments to Swindon Borough Council planning officers can be found on the Shaw Residents’ Association website.