Ridgeway Farm homes approval: Judicial review bid abandoned

People against plans to build 700 homes near Swindon are angry that the local authority will not launch a judicial review of the planning decision.

Wiltshire Council rejected the Ridgeway Farm proposal over traffic concerns but developers Taylor Wimpey appealed and it was approved by the government.

The council considered a judicial review bid but has now said it will not be cost effective.

Objector Kevin Fisher said he was "frustrated" at the council's decision.

Mr Fisher, who represents the residents association in Shaw, near where the scheme is planned, said: "Both councils [Wiltshire Council and Swindon Borough Council] and even the developer agreed that Mead Way is over capacity today.

"So bringing in 700 more houses, and the resultant congestion that's going to bring, is only going to make Mead Way worse."

Wiltshire Council's Toby Sturgis said the authority considered a judicial review and sought legal advice, but was told there had been no flaw in the planning process and was advised not to proceed.

He said: "Therefore my view was that this would not be a good use of tax-payers money."

In a previous statement, Taylor Wimpey said: "We look forward to working with the local authority developing this scheme, including the provision of a new primary school, affordable housing and highway improvements."

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