Swindon Borough Council has granted planning permission for over 2,000 new homes at South Marston and Rowborough, as part of the New Eastern Villages development (NEV).
The outline planning permission, which was submitted by Hallam Strategic Land, Hannick Homes and Taylor Wimpey, will deliver a range of new homes, community facilities, green space, walking and cycling improvements and a new primary school.
Significant work is already underway on the neighbouring highway network, with millions being invested to upgrade the nearby junctions to ensure they can cope with future traffic associated with the development.
Cllr Gary Sumner, deputy leader and cabinet member for strategic infrastructure, transport and planning, said: ‘This is another significant achievement in the comprehensive delivery of the NEV. The NEV is one of the largest planned, sustainable new developments in the country and will bring new homes and jobs, as well as retail and educational opportunities to Swindon, in a co-ordinated and phased way.
‘Planning permission for 2,500 homes at Lotmead was granted earlier this year and great progress is being made at Symmetry Park with Amazon’s new distribution site bringing 1,300 new jobs to Swindon.’
The site is located north of the A420, and the next stage of the development will be the approval of detailed applications and design codes.
In related news, the next phase of a regeneration project that will see £34m invested in developing Queens Drive has started, with the demolition of four derelict residential buildings expected in the coming months, delivering affordable housing for Swindon.
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