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Planning Application for first phase at Union Square

12th December 2011 by Roger Ogle

Muse Developments and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) have submitted a detailed planning application to Swindon Borough Council for the first phase of regeneration at Union Square.

The application seeks approval for one residential building comprising 45 assisted living apartments, and a high quality 850 space multi-storey car park. This is following the outline planning application that was approved for the entire Union Square regeneration project on 8 November (see below).

Doug Finlay, Development Director at Muse Developments said: “This detailed planning application for the first phase of development is a significant milestone for the project and a pre-curser to a start on site in the spring of next year.”

Peter Jones, HCA Head of Area, added: “Union Square is an important project for us, as it aims to bring huge benefits to Swindon in the shape of housing, shops and offices. These in turn will bring new jobs, opportunities and better transport services.

“We have supported this project with significant investment and it is good to see that it has reached this stage. There is still a great deal to do, but we are committed to working with partners to support this exciting and important scheme for Swindon.”

Garry Perkins, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Regeneration, Art and Culture said “This is great news and a sign that things are really moving forward. These things take time but this will be one of the biggest building projects in the South outside of the Olympics, and it will be here in Swindon.”

Chris Hitchings Director of Development at Forward Swindon commented: “This application is the culmination of a great deal of work involving the landowner, Muse and their design team in producing a scheme which Forward Swindon hope will really excite the people of Swindon.” He continued, commenting on the design, “For example, the use of terracotta fins on the car park is a feature which is rarely seen in the UK, and the attention to detail by the architects will give Union Square the design start it needs”.

Union Square development gets go ahead - Outline planning consent

Union Square, the major Swindon town centre redevelopment scheme achieved outline planning permission from Swindon Borough Council on Tuesday 8 November.

Ian Piper, CEO at Forward Swindon says: "The team at Forward Swindon are delighted to achieve outline planning permission for the Union Square regeneration scheme in central Swindon. We have worked hard with our development partners Muse, the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA) and the Council to create an inspiring and deliverable project in the commercial heart of the town. We expect the scheme to be hugely significant for the economy, both attracting business and providing much needed amenities for the people who live, work and socialise in Swindon."

The project, which has been divided into phases, comprises:
650,000 square feet of offices
150,000 square feet of ancillary retail
450 residential units (of which 25% are affordable)
850 space Multi-Storey Car Park
New Primary Health Care Trust building
New Bus Station
Regrading of Fleming Way
An hotel
New Public Square
Signalized junctions at Gordon Road and Whalebridge Roundabout

Doug Finlay, from Muse developments, who are responsible for the construction and marketing of the scheme, says: "Confirmation by Swindon Borough Council of the Outline planning permission was the first significant milestone if this part of the town centre is to undergo change. The masterplan has regeneration at its heart and it is a genuine and vibrant extension to the town centre. It will have a positive impact on the town creating opportunities for a range of new businesses, inward investment, homes and employment jobs. There is much to be done but with our public sector partners Muse have made a positive step forward."


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