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Old Town & Lawns
« on: January 25, 2008, 02:48:37 PM »

Contested seat: Mike Bawden - Conservative


Committee Appointments

    * Council
    * Wiltshire and Swindon Fire Authority


Appointments to Outside Bodies

    * Local Government Association - South West Regional Assembly

Other Councillors representing this ward:

    * Councillor Brian Mattock Conservative In Office from 04/05/2006
    * Councillor Fionuala Foley Conservative 04/05/2007 - 05/05/2011


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Re: Old Town & Lawns
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2008, 04:10:43 PM »


Noel Frank Gardner

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Re: Old Town & Lawns
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2008, 04:10:50 PM »

Walid Meah

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Re: Old Town & Lawns
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2008, 04:10:58 PM »


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Re: Old Town & Lawns
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2008, 05:33:44 PM »
Hey everyone have you seen what Mart wrote on the Parks thread?

Looks as though Mike Bawden and his fellow politicians might have an interesting reception at Marts place.  I hope they know where he lives!!!

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Re: Old Town & Lawns
« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2008, 08:35:43 PM »
Just in case anyone was thinking of voting for Mike Bawden on Thursday.....

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2003/mar/17/politics.highereducation

Quote from: Guardian
Boomtown set on city status with plan for super-campus

Peter Hetherington, regional affairs editor
The Guardian,
Monday March 17 2003
Article history

Twenty years ago it was seen as yet another building site along the prosperous M4 corridor. But Swindon's green fields adjoining a country park at junction 15 have given the town aspirations to be a new city of the south-west.

What began as a plan to build more business parks and houses has grown into a serious project for an 8,000 student campus - a £200m university by any other name, which has attracted support from ministers.

With the prospect of 2,000 jobs, from lecturers to administrative staff, in a region where unemployment has all but disappeared, Swindon borough council is rapidly revising its local plan - which recently ruled out such a big development on the site - to accommodate a project that could begin in two years' time.

The idea has come from an ambitious University of Bath. It has enlisted strong support from the higher education minister, Margaret Hodge, after commissioning a favourable report from consultants on the practicalities of opening a "University of Bath at Swindon".

"This promises to be the most exciting development in Swindon since Brunel built his railway workshops in the 1840s," said local councillor Mike Bawden, given the lead role by colleagues to push the project forward. "It will, in effect, double the size of Bath University, which is currently hemmed in and unable to expand as it would like."

Far from being an academic exercise, the university has plans for a "world-class campus", conveniently next door to the town's new Great Western hospital, which it says will be part of an "integrated development" being promoted by the developers, Persimmon Homes and Redrow, two leading housebuilders.

Les Durrant, a planning consultant advising the developers, said they had options on 215 hectares (530 acres) of farmland, and an old brickworks, by junction 15 and next to Coate Water country park. The university would take up 60 hectares.

The project has presented a dilemma to the borough council. Its draft local plan, produced last autumn and now out for consultation, did not mention the site. Moreover, 15 years ago the last government ruled out plans for business parks and housing after a public inquiry. After taking legal advice Mr Bawden said it would not be unreasonable to change the plan, though countryside groups may disagree.

Planning guidelines stress that developers must submit themselves to a "sequential test" and examine the potential of recycling old industrial, or brownfield, land before turning to greenfield sites.

Mr Bawden said there were no available brownfield sites in Swindon. "The vice-chancellor, Glynis Breakwell, originally contacted me and said there was this opportunity, and she has since contacted the government," he said.

Scope for developing in Bath itself is very limited. I brokered a deal between the developers and the university, and they will pay no money for the land. Now the university is working up the proposals."


Mrs Hodge met the vice-chancellor, the head of the higher education funding council for England, Sir Howard Newby, and officials from the regional development agency, and told the university she supports the scale of the project. She has apparently asked the funding council and government agencies to work out a funding package.

Hailing the minister's support as a major step forward, Prof Breakwell said the Swindon project would be "no average campus".

She added: "We're planning cutting-edge activity here. Traditionally universities have dealt with students who are school-leavers, taking three-year courses we will make our mode of studying far more student-centred and flexible. We will build the learning environment around the student, while maintaining the excellent University of Bath brand."


Cut out all the fancy talk, and what we have here is the beginnings of the plans to build all over the farmland next to Coate Water.

Five years and around 35,000 petition signatures later (that figure probably isn't exact, I haven't counted them all), the University of Bath and the NHS trust have pulled out of the "Gateway Partnership", the area has been re-branded "Commonhead", and the council still want to build around 700 houses there, despite their previous promise that there would be no development without a university, and the promise before that that the Great Western Hospital wouldn't set a precedent for development on that land.

And it was Mike Bawden wot started it all.

More about Coate, the plans to build all over it and the campaign against building all over it, here: http://www.talkswindon.org/index.php?board=92.0
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