The Shaw Residents’ Association have issued a ‘joint Statement for the protection of the ‘essential setting’ of Lydiard Park’.
For many years speculative developers have attempted to gain planning permission for housing developments within the parks ‘essential setting’. The most recent attempt by Taylor Wimpey resulted in over 600 letters of objection from members of the public along with objections from community groups and statutory organisations. The outcry was so powerful that Taylor Wimpey withdrew their application just a few weeks before the scheduled target decision date.
In a statement from the SRA they say, we believe it is time, through local plans, tools available within the national planning policy framework, and by creating a conservation management plan, that the representative policies for Lydiard Park are strengthened. And, in so doing make it clear to any would-be developer that their chances of winning at appeal are very slender indeed, no matter how deep their pockets.
For more information, including a copy of the letter sent to the CEO’s and leaders and Wiltshire and Swindon councils, go to the SRA website: www.shawresidents.org.uk