Protesters fail to stop “stupid and inconsiderate” plans.

Permission to build 4,500 homes on the land known as Swindon’s Front Garden has been given by the government planning inspector. The matter was referred to the GPI after protesters made strong objections to the development on the area between the M4 and the old town, but after carrying out a public inquiry inspector David Fenton said that he supported building on the Southern Development Area (SDA).

Terry King, chairman of the Front Garden Action Group said that the inspectors had ignored the group’s concerns, and acted as a lapdog for the government. He said that building by such busy roads, and on a flood plain, was “just stupid,” and told the BBC that he was hoping for divine intervention.

He said: "there is a chap called God. If it was flooded it might make someone think twice."