Canalside homes at Wichelstowe get the thumbs up

Detailed planning permission has been granted for the first homes to be delivered by the joint venture company set up to create around 3,000 new homes at Wichelstowe.

Published: Friday, 22nd March 2019

Work on the first phase of homes will begin in late spring located next to the canal and adjacent to Waitrose supermarket and the new Deanery CE academy secondary school. The phase, named Canalside, will feature a mix of one, two, three and four bedroom homes.

The joint venture company is a 50:50 partnership between Swindon Borough Council and Barratt Developments PLC. The scheme, on a 250-hectare area of land, will deliver the new homes over the next 20 years and includes two primary schools, a secondary school and an extensive area of open space. Homes will be marketed by David Wilson Homes and Barratt Homes on behalf of the Joint Venture partnership.

The partnership company combines the strengths of both the public and private sectors to create a high-quality and attractive development.

More than 1,000 jobs will be supported by the scheme in the initial stages and the first residents will be able to move in next year.

Councillor Gary Sumner, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning, said: “Full planning approval marks a significant step forward for the development at Wichelstowe and enables work on the first phase to get underway and provide much needed housing in the Borough.

“I am personally delighted that this important scheme has been approved demonstrating the effectiveness of the public and private sectors working together.”

Chris Burton, Wichelstowe, Joint Venture Board Chair, said: “The joint venture is delighted with the news of Swindon Borough Council’s decision. Getting to this stage is the result of a huge amount of commitment and hard work by a large amount of people.

“We can now get on and deliver what we believe will be an outstanding community where people will want to make their home.”

Picture: Councillor David Renard (left) Leader of Swindon Borough Council and Wichelstowe Joint Venture Board Member with Councillor Gary Sumner, Swindon Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning, at the Canalside site at Wichelstowe

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