Proposals for new homes near Swindon rejected

Plans to to build a new housing estate on a greenfield site near Swindon have been rejected by council planners.

Some 1,200 people signed a petition against the proposals for 53 new houses in Highworth and 150 letters of objection were sent.

Developer Taylor Wimpey had said it would work with the council to make sure the plans were in keeping with the area.

The decision was made at a Swindon Borough Council meeting on Tuesday.

Councillor Dale Heenan, chairman of the planning committee, said it was a "straight forward" decision.

"If you could imagine a red line around Highworth and outside of that red line - we classify that as the countryside and you're not allowed to build," he said.

"The plans here, going back a number of years now, are to build outside that red line and it was a very straight forward case to say that this is not acceptable."

It is not yet known whether the developer Taylor Wimpey will appeal against the decision.

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