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Swindon link road gets the green light

Words: Laura Edgar
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Swindon Borough Council’s planning committee has approved plans for a road linking the town’s proposed New Eastern Villages development with the M4 and A419.

The road would be a single carriageway highway, approximately 2.5 kilometres in length.

The proposals include improvements to the existing A419 Commonhead roundabout and Pack Hill; a new roundabout junction at Pack Hill; new T-Junction with The Marsh; a new crossroad junction with Wanborough Road; a new single-span bridge over Liden Brook; two new culverts on tributaries of Liden Brook; and an extension to an existing culvert under Pack Hill.

According to the agenda document for the planning committee meeting, the New Eastern Villages development is planned to "deliver sustainable economic and housing growth" including the provision of about 8,000 homes, 40 hectares of employment land and associated retail, community, education and leisure uses.

This application, which was submitted by the council, relates to the Southern Connector Road, which forms part of the strategic transport package for the villages, which is identified by Policy NC3 of the local plan.

Planning officers recommended the application be approved.

Speaking to the Swindon Advertiser, cabinet member for strategic planning at the council Gary Sumner said the road will be built before major housing developments on land to the east of the A419, to ensure the infrastructure is already in place.

The agenda document for the planning committee meeting can be found on the council website (pdf).

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