Protesters object to homes at Highworth, near Swindon

More than 1,200 people have signed a petition against plans for a new housing estate near Swindon.

The Pentylands Preservation Group are against proposals to build 53 houses on a greenfield site and claim the town does not need any more homes.

Taylor Wimpey said it will work with Swindon Borough Council to make sure the plans are in keeping with the area.

A spokesman said: "We intend to provide affordable housing and support existing services and community facilities."

Norman Edwards from the Pentylands Preservation Group said its members did not want any more "spiralling developments" near the town.

"We fought them 10-years ago. It was turned down three times by the Swindon planning authority.

"Now the developers are back again, they think they can dump their houses on any green fields they own, just because they own it," he added.

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