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Wednesday, 14 December 2011

ORA's suggestions for a Standard Objection/Comment Letter


TO:  Mr I Halsall, Planning Officer, Swindon Borough Council,
Wat Tyler House, Beckhampton Street, Swindon, SN1 2JH
Resident’s Name & Address:  



I  am/we are concerned about the following issues:-

Road congestion/traffic impact:  The proposal has seemingly unrealistic forecasts of the impact of the development on existing traffic flows and there are concerns that the traffic assessment does not accurately reflect the impact of the proposals.  This leads to serious concerns that existing local roads, along with the main routes that they feed into, cannot handle the additional traffic that will arise from this application.    The plans propose just three points of exit for traffic, Oakhurst Way, Saltzgitter Drive and through Blunsdon Village, none of which is suitable for the addition of large volumes of traffic. There is also no direct route from the proposed site to the town centre or main employment areas, which will also lead to an increase in traffic leaving the site.  The proposed rapid transport route is unfeasible as it will have to share the existing roads with no ability to use bus lanes.  The increased volumes of traffic will have an adverse impact on the quality of life of the existing communities, along with the associated safety risks for roads that are already difficult for school children and pedestrians to cross.  The area of search defined in the traffic modelling is not comprehensive and does not take into account the views of the community which were expressed at the developers’ consultation.