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Planning permission granted for new homes at New Eastern Villages

The latest phase of what will be one of the largest greenfield developments in the country has been given planning permission by Swindon Council.

Outline planning permission has been granted for 1,550 new homes on land at Great Stall East, to the east of Swindon.

The project will also deliver a new primary and secondary school, a site for a Park and Ride, and a sports hub, alongside community facilities, a local centre, open green space, allotments and walking and cycling improvements.

The development will form part of the wider New Eastern Village (NEV), which will deliver 8,000 homes, new schools, employment spaces and community and leisure facilities.

The planning application was submitted by Capital Land Strategic Planning, and the next stage of the process will involve the approval of detailed applications and design codes.

brown brick house under blue sky during daytime

Cllr 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.’

In related news, Lea Castle Village, an ongoing Homes England development, has gained Build with Nature accreditation, which is voluntary scheme that sets out standards for high quality green infrastructure at each stage of the planning process.

Photo by James Feaver

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