Tadpole Farm homes plan given go-ahead

Plans for 1,700 new houses at Tadpole Farm, near Swindon, are to go ahead.

Permission has been granted after planning officers and ward councillors spent three months confirming the finer details with the developer.

Objectors say there is still not enough being done to improve infrastructure to take account of the new homes.

But the council said developer Crest Nicholson was providing more than £10m to mitigate the impact on roads and schools.

Conditions placed on the developers include building the school before 500 homes are occupied, creating an access road onto the A419 before 320 homes are taken, and improving the sewage network before 200 homes are taken.

But Stephanie Excell, secretary of Oakhurst Residents Association, one of the groups that campaigned against the plans, said the changes were not happening soon enough.

She said traffic congestion would turn Oakhurst way into "a rat run from hell" and added: "We've always said we would welcome new neighbours and hopefully absorb those into our community, but where are the kids going to go to school?"

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