Swindon Eastern expansion

New Eastern Villages update

For those wishing to keep abreast of news and developments regarding the new Eastern villages – the new developments East of Swindon and along the A420 – there is a regular newsletter available, issued by Swindon Borough Council.  The website link is here

The latest update is available here




Development in Oxfordshire

The Oxfordshire Plan 2050

Attached is a briefing note from the CPRE (the countryside charity) regarding Oxfordshire’s plan for 2050 which is due for completion in the summer:

This summer will establish the direction of Oxfordshire for the next generation.
The Oxfordshire Plan 2050 will define the development strategy for the county for the next three decades, including both the quality and quantity of housing and the broad locations for growth.
Time to take action
This is our best, and possibly only, opportunity to influence development in Oxfordshire over the next 30 years – don’t miss it!  Waiting until actual planning applications come forward is too late – we need your help engaging now as policy is formed, so that we can give our countryside the best chance for the future.
CPRE Oxfordshire has prepared an Oxfordshire Plan 2050 briefing, attached, to help you engage and get involved in planning the future of Oxfordshire.
Kind regards
Becky Crockett | Branch Administrator


Traffic calming in the village

Build out on Bishopstone Road

There has been progress with the proposed ‘build out’ on the Bishopstone Road, intended to slow traffic coming into the village. Details of the design and the associated consultation process can be accessed from the Oxfordshire County Council website here.

The cost of the project is being met with a generous donation from Pinewood School.

New Eastern Villages

Drop-in events

The New Eastern Villages (NEV) is one of the largest greenfield developments in the country, comprising about 8,000 homes, 40 hectares of employment space, a new secondary school and primary schools, transport improvements, and retail, health, community and leisure facilities.

Swindon Borough Council will be holding ‘drop in’ events for people to be able to find out more about the following proposed transport schemes for the New Eastern Villages:

·         White Hart Junction improvements

·         A420 Gablecross Junction improvements

·         Nythe Road and Piccadilly Roundabout improvements

·         Southern Connector Road

The drop-in events will held as follows:

– Saturday 20 July 2019 at Grange Leisure Main Hall, Grange Drive, SN3 4JY – 9am to 12.30pm
– Wednesday 24 July 2019 at Coleview Community Centre, Towcester Rd, SN3 4AS – 1.30pm to 6.30pm
– Thursday 25 July 2019 at Hooper’s Field Hall, Rotten Row, Wanborough, SN4 0AN – 3pm to 8pm

This is an opportunity for you to find out progress on the schemes. Further information can also be found at www.swindon.gov.uk/NEV

If you have any questions, please email NEV@swindon.gov.uk

New planning applications

Planning applications in and around the village

There are four new planning applications affecting Bourton:  two affecting Lowerfield Farm and two at Home Farm.

Lowerfield Farm is the farm house and buildings opposite the road junction with the A420 at Bourton Wharf.  Home Farm is the collection of farm buildings on the edge of the village on the right-hand side of the road heading towards Bishopstone.

These properties are part of the large areas of farmland surrounding the village owned by Guy’s & St Thomas’ Charity, a charitable trust focused on improving people’s health in Lambeth and Southwark.

The plans involve developing commercial units and new houses in both locations.  Links to the applications can be found on the Planning page of the website, here.

As with all planning issues, villagers are urged to read and consider the applications and provide comments to the Parish Council or directly into the planning process via the Vale’s online planning portal.

New planning application

There’s a new planning application in Bourton

On this occasion, an application for a Certificate of Existing Lawful Development relating to the Gate House at The Grange.  The application can be viewed on the VWHDC site here.

All recent planning applications can be viewed from the parish council planning page here.

More development in Shrivenham – consultation

Consultation on 515 new homes

Housing development in Shrivenham continues:  515 new homes, a primary school and a retail space are planned for the land East of the Highworth Rd in Shrivenham.  The plans also include a new junction on the A420 where currently the bridge crosses the road.

Legal & General Homes are holding a consultation on the development at the Memorial Hall in Shrivenham on Tuesday 20 February from 3:00 to 7:00 pm – their invitation is attached.

This development poses many questions such as the scale of expansion in Shrivenham, the impact on traffic and especially rat-running through our village, the increased pressure on services such as the surgery in Shrivenham and the impact on the High Street.

Please try to attend the consultation if you can and make sure your views are heard.

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