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17/06/2020

2,500 homes approved for Swindon

Words: Laura Edgar
Swindon masterplan / Ainscough Strategic Land

Swindon Borough Council has granted planning approval for 2,500 homes at the New Eastern Villages extension of the town. 

Ainscough Strategic Land (ASL), a land promoter, is now seeking an early conclusion to the section 106 agreement with the council. 

The firm’s part of the New Eastern Villages extension covers 400 acres and is allocated in the area’s local plan.

John Brooks, the planning director at ASL, said: “The first phase will bring 200 units to the market and we hope to be inviting bids for this shortly, subject to concluding the s106 and a full market review. There’s already been plenty of interest from housebuilders, which is very promising.”

As a whole, the scheme comprises: 2,500 homes, of which 500 have been designated as affordable; two primary schools; two local centres; a sports hub and pavilion; open space; the retention of Lotmead Business Park; and the creation of new business space.

Jeff Richards, the head of planning for Turley in the South West, who worked with ASL to secure permission, said: “It’s taken us a number of years to reach this point and a great deal of discussion and refinement of the proposals to achieve a scheme that all parties are happy with. There’s a lot of credit due to the officers at Swindon Borough Council, members and key stakeholders, all of whom worked with us to craft a truly mixed-use, sustainable community.”

Homes England has provided funding for a southern connector road, and the proposals themselves will contribute to road infrastructure improvements and public transport provision.  

“The village design has been intuitively led by the green infrastructure assets on site and proposes large areas of green space including formal sports pitches, children’s play space, a nature park, large areas of woodland, village greens and substantial areas for ecological enhancement,” added ASL managing director Rachael Ainscough. 

In addition to Turley, the project team includes Avison Young (Bristol), Stantec on transport and drainage, Planit-ie as architects, and EDP as ecology, landscape and heritage adviser.

Image credit | Ainscough Strategic Land

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