The site is just off the A419 Commonhead Roundabout. The A419 is a dual carriageway that connects J15 of the M4, 1.5 miles to the south of the Commonhead Roundabout, to the A417 and then to the M5 at Gloucester to the North West. The site will adjoin the New Eastern Villages’ Southern Connector Road roundabout. Swindon has been successful in securing Housing Infrastructure Funding for the new Southern Connector Road.
The proposals have been the subject of detailed technical assessment as set out in Chapter 12 of the submitted Environmental Statement and associated appendices. In order for the proposed site to come forward, the consultant team are in ongoing discussion with both SBC as highway authority and Highways England on the impacts upon both the A419 and M4. As a result of these discussions, the original planning application has been amended to remove the originally proposed temporary access from Pack Hill for Phase 1, and seeking full consent instead for a roundabout access for Phases 1 and 2, which will enable the early delivery of this part of Swindon Borough Council’s Southern Connector Road.
A new bus stop will be added either within the Site or in close proximity, alongside enhancements to the existing services to make travel via public transport a viable option.
The site will retain the existing public right of way through the site, and where available improve these for both existing and new users. New shared pedestrian and cycle paths will run around and through the Site providing pedestrians and cyclists with improved quality and connectivity. The proposed Southern Connector Road will introduce a new footway/cycleway connecting south onto Commonhead roundabout. However, should Phase 1 come forward in advance of the SCR, it is envisaged that the footway would be delivered in advance, in negotiation with the Applicant.
Car parking and cycle provision will be provided on site with 187 car parking spaces (including 9 disabled spaces) and 15 motorcycle spaces to serve the Phase 1 development.