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Tadpole Garden Village, Swindon

In brief

  • 1850 new homes
  • 16 areas of play
  • Primary School
  • Secondary School
  • Allotments
  • 40 hectare nature park

Tadpole Garden Village is a functioning example of how a true Garden Village is delivered in the 21st Century.  

Crest Nicholson secured Outline Planning Permission in 2012 for a new sustainable community with Garden Village principles embedded at its heart. It signifies Crest Nicholson’s ability and passion to both plan and deliver high quality, carefully designed infrastructure and housing. This is exemplified by our approach to ensuring collective acceptance and commitment to the vision by all stakeholders and third party developers, ensuring a holistically and coherently planned community.

Throughout the promotion process, Crest engaged consistently and regularly with Local Councillors, Ward members and Swindon Borough Council, leading to an implementable planning permission which was favourable to both Crest Nicholson and the external parties. Tadpole Garden Village is celebrated as an exemplar development by local stakeholders.  Our success has been recently recognised by winning the “Placemaking Award” at the Planning Awards 2018.

As well as delivering 1,850 new homes, Tadpole Garden Village offers a wide range of services and facilities which will make the village highly sustainable.  This includes local shops, a primary school, a secondary school, community facilities, public open space, allotments and a new nature park.

A view of Tadpole Garden Village from the road

Winner of “Best Housing Scheme” Planning Awards 2018

The strategic infrastructure including roads, open spaces and sustainable urban drainage systems are being funded and delivered by CSP, providing serviced parcels for delivery by Crest’s South West housebuilding region and for sale to third party developers.

A site wide Design Code with planning status was established and is an essential tool to safeguarding the Tadpole Garden Village vision and principles. Our approach ensures a collective acceptance and commitment to the vision by all stakeholders and third party developers. This has allowed for housebuilder engagement and enhanced delivery, whilst ensuring timely planning consent at Reserved Matters stage.

A Community Interest Company has been established as the long term stewardship and management model and this has been awarded “Best Community Initiative” at the Housebuilder Awards 2015/16.

Crest is delivering housing from four separate, active sales outlets, as well as having a number of third party developers on site.  Due to a diverse range of product on offer, these outlets are functioning without competing with each other and without compromising quality. 

Tadpole Garden Village is a true example of how quality design, coupled with a desire to deliver, can create a sustainable community that significantly increases the speed of housing delivery that is over and above its main competitors.  Due to our approach we are completing over 250 units a year.

Contact Crest Nicholson Strategic Projects

Crest House, Pyrcroft Road, Chertsey, Surrey, KT16 9GN

01932 580555

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