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Planning Permission Granted for More than 1,500 in Swindon

With the finalisation of the S106 agreement outline planning permission has been granted for 1,550 new homes on land at Great Stall East, just south of the A420 to the east of Swindon. The planning application for the development, which was submitted by Capital Land Strategic Planning, will also deliver a new primary and secondary school, a site for a Park and Ride, as well as a sports hub.

The Capital Land team received a resolution to grant August 2020 and finalised the S106 agreement a year later receiving the grant of planning permission at the end of last month. The team progressed immediately on to the next stage of the planning process working up detailed designs and beginning planning work to discharge conditions since the end of summer last year.

The CEO Jeremy Francis said:  “This has been six years of work and had the added impediment of the Covid crisis, so to come through all that and get permission for this significant piece of real estate is a big relief.

It has been a big challenge and the team has navigated it outstandingly; working with SBC and understanding how they work, what their aspirations are and what you can agree to has been an interesting road and involved a lot of work to accommodate the requirements, but we managed it”

The land at Great Stall East forms part of the wider New Eastern Villages (NEV), which will deliver of 8,000 homes, new schools, employment spaces and community and leisure facilities. It will be located to the east of the A419 and is estimated to span 724 hectares, with its eastern boundary reaching the point at which the River Cole meets the A420.

Jamie Francis a Director at Capital Land said: “It has been an exciting project to work on over the years and for the team to have the outline planning in place now is a great achievement. We have begun work on the detailed design stages of the project without delay and look forward to the challenges ahead.”

The development will see much needed community facilities, a local centre, open green space and allotments along with walking/cycling infrastructure for a more sustainable community. Swindon Borough Council has received significant funding to upgrade neighbouring highway networks with the majority of these works well underway. These works will upgrade nearby junctions to ensure they can cope with future traffic levels associated with the NEV and the general population growth of the area.

Councillor Gary Sumner, Deputy Leader of Swindon Borough Council and Cabinet Member for Strategic Infrastructure, Transport and Planning, said: “The New Eastern Villages will be one of the largest greenfield developments in the UK providing urban life within a countryside setting.”

“Each element of the NEV has been carefully designed to provide a series of linked villages, rather than the traditional urban extensions of the past and will be delivered in a phased way. We are delivering sustainable communities with green open space, recreational facilities, brand new schools and employment land.”

“This latest planning permission for the land at Great Stall East follows the recent permission that was granted for 2,380 homes at South Marston and Rowborough, while an additional 2,500 homes at Lotmead were approved earlier this year.”

“Amazon is well on the way to delivering its new distribution site at nearby Symmetry Park bringing with it 1,300 jobs so we are making great progress in delivering the next exciting chapter in Swindon’s continued expansion.”