Our priorities and pledges
Housing and infrastructure
Priority 1: Improve infrastructure and housing to support a growing, low-carbon economy
Hundreds of millions of pounds will be spent on building new homes and the infrastructure to support them over the next 20 years. The borough’s growing population means new homes are crucial for Swindon’s future.
The Council has wide ranging plans for developing the town centre, major upgrades to our road network and facilitating the development of over 30,000 new homes.
We are currently developing a new reporting process which will allow residents to monitor our progress against our pledge over the coming years. The information will be available once the system is in place.
Pledge 1. Set the ambition for Swindon to compete at the forefront of digital innovation with a commitment to using technology for positive change.
Pledge 2. With our wholly owned company, Public Power Solutions, enhance Swindon’s reputation as a sustainable energy exemplar, by exploring technology that converts energy from waste, facilitating the move to electrified transport, and delivering opportunities to invest in renewable energy to reduce carbon footprint.
Pledge 3. Refresh and implement the Masterplan for Swindon Town Centre, supporting our vision that Swindon is a vibrant, modern place.
We will do this through:
- delivery of the Masterplan for Kimmerfields, in partnership with Homes England
- delivery of the Bus Boulevard
- delivering improvements to the strategic town centre transport network
- further redevelopment of the Carriage Works
- redevelopment of the former Aspen House Site
- working with Seven Capital, to deliver the development of the new regional leisure destination at North Star
- working with ambassadors and partners to promote Swindon effectively to improve the town’s reputation, increase income from business rates and compete for the best business growth opportunities, inward investment and talent.
Pledge 4. Support businesses by working in partnership to create conditions in which businesses succeed and grow.
Pledge 5. Enhance Wellington Street as a prime thoroughfare for the town.
- Deliver infrastructure in a timely way to assist in phased housing & employment delivery for the New Eastern Villages including White Hart Junction & A420
- Working with Barratt Homes through the Joint Venture we will deliver the District Centre facilities including a public house, the next phases of housing, a retirement complex and education facilities – whilst also delivering new sections of canal
- Create the Southern access to Wichelstowe via a tunnel to be constructed under the M4 to link to Junction 16
- Through the Local Plan review identify brownfield and green field sites for housing to deliver homes and employment land on a range of sustainable sites whilst ensuring that urban extensions are of the highest quality
- Continue to work with the developers at Tadpole Garden Village to bring forward facilities to ensure a sustainable community can continue to thrive
- Ensure that there is a range of good quality housing options in Swindon, including affordable opportunities to buy and rent
- Work with Nationwide Building Society to deliver homes at the former Oakfield campus
- Support final phases of additional housing at Badbury Park with community space and improvements to Day House Lane to link to Coate Water