The Swindon heritage action zone

Review of the railway village and railway works conservation areas

The review is now complete and Swindon’s Railway Conservation Area has been formally adopted.

Background to the review

In 2020 the Swindon Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) funded a review of the Railway Village and Railway Works Conservation Areas which was carried out by heritage specialists Purcell.

After carrying out research and consultation Purcell produced a draft Swindon Railway Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan (CAAMP) which made some recommendations for change.  Following further consultation the document was adopted by the Council as a Supplementary Planning Document.

This document sets out the vision for the future of Swindon’s Railway Conservation Area and a framework to guide change. It contains lots of interesting information about Swindon’s Railway area, how and why it came into being and how it has evolved over time.

It will be used to:

  • raise awareness and inform people about Swindon’s railway history
  • help preserve and enhance the special architectural or historic interest of the area
  • guide new development within or affecting the area through the planning process

You can view the document below:

The  conservation area map is also available below:

Summary of the changes made within the CAAMP

  • The two separate Railway Village and Railway Works conservation areas were merged into one which was renamed the Swindon Railway Conservation Area.
  • The boundary of the conservation area was extended to include:
    • Station Road and the area around the station
    • the southern side of Faringdon Road between Fleet Street and Milton Road
    • the Health Hydro block
    • the Pattern Store site and adjacent car park (Designer Outlet West)

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