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New plans for housing development in Swindon

Aerial picture of plans for Swindon development
A 89-hectare site is proposed for the development

A new set of plans for a controversial housing development in Swindon have gone on display.

Some 960 houses are proposed on an 89-hectare site, near Coate Water Country Park nature reserve.

Developers had wanted to build 1,500 homes on 200 hectares of land, but scaled the project down following a public inquiry last year.

Campaigners said the scheme would have had a "devastating impact" on wildlife at the park.

A 70 hectare buffer of open farmland has been added to the revised plans, which separates the development from the nature reserve.

Revised proposal

Proposals for housing between Day House Lane and the country park have been dropped.

Paul Davis, of Persimmon Homes Special Projects, said: "We carefully considered the planning inspector's conclusions following last year's public inquiry and those of local objectors and have prepared a revised proposal."

The plans are on display at Park South Community Centre in Cranmore Avenue.

The exhibition had been due to take place earlier this month, but was postponed due to the snow.

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