High Street, Blunsdon

Client: Linden HomesLocation: SwindonScale: 3 ha; 69 homes and public open spaceStatus: Planning permission granted

High Street, Blundson

Providing high-quality housing to support a growing population

With a need for increased housing in Swindon to reflect a growing population, Turley worked with Linden Homes to secure full planning permission for a previously rejected proposal. The development will include 69 new homes and public open space on a greenfield site at the edge of Blunsdon village. A large majority of the units will be detached homes and the remaining 30% affordable housing.

The Council’s main arguments in rejecting the proposal were that the project would lead to Blundson coalescing with Swindon, thereby diminshing its identity as a distinctive rural village and that the proposal would fail to deliver a high-quality design. We provided planning evidence, OAN and a Design Review at the inquiry to demonstrate the considerable benefits of the development.

At a Public Inquiry, we successfully persuaded the Planning Inspector to grant permission for the scheme on four principle grounds:

1. The design was of a high quality and paid due regard to its location on the edge of the village.

2. Significant weight should be applied to Swindon Borough Council not being able to demonstrate a five-year housing land supply.

3. The scheme would lead to significant economic benefits, during both the construction and occupation phases, the latter including much needed affordable housing. Support for the new resident population with local facilities would also be available.

4. Visual impacts would be minimal.

In his decision notice the Planning Inspector stated “the layout and provision of landscaping and open space would create a development that would politely integrate itself with its surroundings”.

With planning permission obtained development of the scheme is now ready to begin.