3rd August – Government scraps RSS, Swindon scraps 10,000 houses in next 15 years
At the start of the year the Conservatives very clearly pledged to scrap a Labour Government policy called the Regional Spatial Strategy. This strategy basically required Swindon to build 36,000 houses by 2026, and resulted in plans by developers to build between 10,000 to 12,000 houses to the East of the A419.
Cllr Dale Heenan "After six weeks in Government, Eric Pickles has confirmed the RSS is no more and has been scrapped.
This is a golden opportunity for the Council to lead from the front and say how it will change it's approach to growth in the town. I am very pleased to say that a Cabinet discussion I took part in agreed a way forward on this matter, and last month saw Councillors united in asking Officers to address the problem as a matter of urgency.
It is now clear that the Council will be cutting the number houses built each year by atleast 30%. Instead of 1800 houses a year, I believe our new target will be closer to 1200 houses. This is near to the 30 year average for the town.
My two main concerns with the Eastern Development Area have always been the potential impact of traffic on Coleview, Covingham and Nythe, and that the development may cause increase flooding in the area. With these changes happening, I do not believe we will see any large scale construction to the East of Swindon in the next ten to fifteen years. I hope that is a reassuring thought for local residents."