Housebuilder Taywood homes, already embroiled in controversy over the Greenwich Millennium Village scheme, has run into more trouble over plans for a £13 million scheme in Bradford on Avon. The local preservation trust says the Kingston Mills scheme by Architecture & Planning Group lacks affordable housing, leisure, arts and community uses.
West Wiltshire district council guidance calls for these to be included in a mixed-use 'patchwork' development, said the trust's Gareth Slater. 'I cannot believe the scheme will go ahead in this form,' he said. 'The town square will be a bit of car parking, the flats have a clumpish layout and are 1930s in look with horizontal banding and glazing bars. The three- storey stone-faced houses are like giant beach huts.'
Tony Coles, a director of Architecture and Planning Group, said the design was evolving, the car park was beside the town square and there were talks of providing social homes. He admitted there were no leisure or arts elements but space may be made for them.
Mark Judges, Taywood Homes' regional commercial director, insisted the scheme met the mixed-use demands of the council. The site had been unused since 1992 and much of the land was of zero or negative value. And Pat Tidy, the council's development control officer, said the developer knew it couldn't provide social housing on the site and would fund it elsewhere.