OLD TOWN: Land behind houses used as a pharmacy and a funeral parlor on the lower reaches of Victoria Road, now used for parking, could become the site of two very modern houses.
Local developer William Arthur Property is seeking permission to build two homes, with parking behind, but also under the main buildings, on the ground behind the terrace of number 174 on Cross Street.
The company’s application makes much of the building’s modernity: “Leaving behind the traditional style of red brick with stone mouldings, which predominates in Victoria Road, the proposals opt for a more proximate contextual response.
“The immediate context of Cross Street, with its humble working-class terraces, was incorporated into the design and their simple aesthetic ‘rearranged’ to create two unique new residential homes; an intervention offers a new modern and flexible housing model for multi-generational and sustainable living.”
According to the plans, each house would have four bedrooms, two on the ground floor and two on the first floor.
TOWN CENTRE: A card shop at 47 The Parade may instead be used as a betting shop by William Hill. The company’s application for a change of use has been approved. At the same time, proposals have also been approved to change the storefront and install satellite dishes to record race feeds, air conditioning and new signage.
Broadgreen: Swindon Town FC Community Trust has received permission to install two 36-seater covered stands on the all-weather pitch at Foundation Park within the County Ground grounds.
TADPOLE GARDEN VILLAGE: A plan for a bespoke four bedroom home in Illet Crescent in north Swindon has been given the go-ahead. Emily White can build a four-bed home with a dramatic church-like facade on lot four of the area in the development set aside for DIY and custom homes.
BURDEROP: The builder of the new Amazon data center on the old Burderop Park hospital site has retroactively withdrawn its application to put in a gated contractor parking lot. But only because it is no longer needed after use.
Mullhaven Properties has told Swindon Borough Council planners that it will restore the land to its former grass state: “Use of the car park ceased in November 2022 and the land will be restored to its previous condition. The removal of the surface material from the main car park and footpath took place in November 2022.
“The soil will be compacted and grassland areas reseeded with a species mix appropriate to the habitat type if deemed necessary.”
EXTENSION: Applications have been made to build extensions or houses or outbuildings or convert garages and lofts into habitable rooms at 16 Stratton Road, Stratton St Margaret; 7 Bibury Road, Old Walcot; 56 Overbrook, Eldene; 30 Amethyst Road, St Andrew; 26 Ashbury Avenue, Nythe; 23 Swindon Road, Wroughton; 44 Beckhampton Street, central; n11 Hunt Street, Old Town and 6 Barnard Close, Nythe.
Extension plans have been approved at: 206 Marlborough Road; 77 Wharf Road, Wroughton; 34 Ashmore Close, Nythe; Brookhouse, Church Farm Lane, South Marston; 109 Eastmere, Liden; 121 Redcliffe Street, Roadbourne; 32 Leverton Gate, Broome Manor – a retroactive application; and 132 Bowne Road, Moredon.
A proposal to build front, side and rear extensions at 47 Marlborough Road and a new garage has been withdrawn
A proposal by Mr. Gascoigne for extensions to 3 Chestnut Avenue, Pinehurst has been rejected. Planners said: “The development would adversely affect the neighboring residential facility in terms of overcrowding, loss of views and loss of privacy.”
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