Tag: Middle Wichel

First planning application for Middle Wichel homes submitted

Architects have submitted a planning application for the first houses to be built at ‘Canalside’ in Middle Wichel. The development of 85 homes — which has been labelled ‘Herons Water’ or less imaginatively ‘Wichelstowe Parcels 2 & 3’ — was submitted by Metropolitan Workshop architects just over a week ago on behalf of Forward Swindon,

Swindon council to build canal-side terraces

In a move unusual for a council, Swindon Borough Council has announced that it intends to build houses beside the canal in Middle Wichel, rather than using a commercial developer. The houses will be in terraces which they say take inspiration from Swindon’s heritage, such as the GWR Railway Village in Swindon town centre. The

Council seeks approval for Wichelstowe District Centre design code

The Design Code for the Wichelstowe District Centre is now open for formal consultation. It has been submitted by the Wichelstowe team at Swindon Borough Council for approval by the council’s planning committee. Despite the intention to be less prescriptive about building appearance than in East Wichel, the District Centre design code runs to 132 pages

Wichelstowe district centre design code

Last Wednesday Swindon Borough Council’s Wichelstowe team displayed their proposed design code for Wichelstowe’s district centre. The code covers much of Middle Wichel and specifies how roads, buildings and public areas should look, as well as what the buildings may be used for. The code includes schools on Peglars Way, a pub/bar/restaurant with hotel across

Waitrose preview

On the evening before their new Swindon store opened, Waitrose held a preview reception for guests with a tour of the store. The store has employed 230 people, more than originally planned as the company is trying some new ideas for a supermarket, in an attempt to encourage shoppers away from online shopping. Here are

Improved bus service to East Wichel and Waitrose from 6 April

Thamesdown Transport have announced that, from 6 April, service 15 will be extended to the new Waitrose store on Foxham Way in Middle Wichel. The service will continue to run every 20 minutes Monday to Friday daytimes, and every ½ hour on Saturdays. In addition there will now be a ½ hourly service on Sundays

Churn junction progress

Work on the junction of Mill Lane and Foxham Way near the new Wichelstowe Waitrose appears to have made good progress in the last few weeks, on track for Foxham Way to reopen at midday on Monday 10 February. In addition to the work at the junction itself, a central reserve and has been added

Shop developments and continuing road closures

During last week the area facing East Wichel Way where Taylor Wimpey have planning permission to build a parade of shops has been cleared and levelled. It looks a promising sign, but as these shops have been so long coming — planning permission was originally granted on 6 May 2011 — we’ll wait until building

Foxham Way to close for almost two months

Foxham Way will be closed from Monday 2 December until 20 December, and again from 2 January until late January. The closure is to allow the junction with Mill Lane to be replaced with a roundabout. The works are in preparation for the opening of the supermarket being built there. There have been temporary traffic

Wichelstowe supermarket planning application

A planning application, S/RES/13/0485 has now been submitted by Kilo Properties Limited for a supermarket beside the canal at the junction of Mill Lane and Foxham Way. There’s not much doubting whom the architects would like you to think the occupant will be, but apart from the artist impressions of the store, there’s little evidence

Supermarket speculation

There has been a fair bit of speculation of late as to which supermarket chain might take the store in the Wichelstowe district centre — that’s the one to eventually be built at the junction of Foxham Way and Mill Lane. Yet online, all trails for this lead back to the Swindon Advertiser, two articles