An application for up to 140 dwellings has been submitted to Wiltshire Council on a site at Stones Farm in north west Cricklade, to the north of Reeds and Home Ground.
The application has been submitted by DPDS Consulting Group on behalf of the landowners. More homes are needed in the area to provide housing for local people, and for young people in particular. That is why 56 of the homes are proposed to be affordable (to be managed by a housing association), and 71 have one or two bedrooms and are ideally suited to young or elderly single people, couples or young families.
A public consultation held in 2012 by Cricklade Town Council for the Town Plan found this site to be the best greenfield location in Cricklade for new housing.
The proposal includes a total of almost 15 acres of open space. This includes two large play spaces and an area of open space and meadow habitat to provide an alternative to the protected North Meadows area for informal recreation.
The open space includes provision to protect the former Wilts and Berks Canal and provides the opportunity for it to become a community asset again in the future.
The development is immediately adjacent to the cycleway along the former Swindon to Cirencester railway, and is designed to improve access to it.
Cricklade Town Council has been engaged in the application process, and will continue to be involved in the future.
Les Durrant, Chairman of DPDS Consulting Group said:
“This site is an excellent place to build much needed new homes. It avoids extending Cricklade towards Swindon and avoids building in the Thames floodplain. It is within a short walk of Cricklade town centre and it includes a huge amount of open space for children to play in a safe environment, and informal space for dog walking to protect North Meadows.”
- Local Authority Application reference: 16/12052/OUT
- Development proposal: Outline Planning Application for up to 140 Dwellings (Access not Reserved)