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Start on building 700 houses on the edge of Swindon at Ridgeway Farm

Start on Green Fields or Ridgeway Farm development may be called West Point

Taylor Wimpey has started construction of access roads and sewers at Ridgeway Farm, where permission has been given for 700 houses. To be built on the northern edge of West Swindon, the site is actua...


Work on replacing dome at Swindon Oasis starts soon

Giant gym opens. Plans for ski slope and entertainment centre to be unveiled soon

The £2 million refurbishment of the Oasis Leisure Centre has reached an exciting stage with new owners Moirai Capital Investment Ltd and site managers GLL bringing a new level of fitness provisi...


New College makes bid to build and run North Swindon free school

Plan for to 5 to 19 education provision submitted to Department for Education

The first stage of new primary, secondary and 6th Form education provision catering for 4 to 19 year olds in North Swindon could open by 2016, if a proposal by New College receives backing from the De...


Taw hill residents fury with Thames Water plan for North Swindon

A viable alternative site is available to prevent storage tanks being built yards from homes

Some sixty people living in Taw Hill attended a consultation evening on 22 January at St Francis School organised by Thames Water contractors Optimise to show off their plans to build a two huge stora...


Hippofan get the hump and are on the brink of giving up on Swindon biomass plant

Company drops application for Environment Agency licence

Plans from Belgian company Hippofan to burn waste wood close to the town centre are almost dead after its subsidiary Pure Green withdrew applications to the Environment Agency for a licence to operate...


North Swindon could have 350 more houses at Abbey Farm

Outline Planning Application submitted for land north of Lady Lane

DPDS Consulting Group have submitted an outline planning application for a 350 home residential development on land at Abbey Farm, to the north of Lady Lane, Blunsdon St Andrew, Swindon.  The pr...


Thames Water show off plans for North Swindon sewers

Residents encouraged to attend meeting and express objection to destruction of green area in their community

Thames Water hold 'drop-in' afternoon to present plans for sewer overflow tanks at Taw Hill - St Francis School, Aiken Road, Taw Hill SN25 1UH Wednesday 22 January, 4pm to 8pm Taw Hill resi...


West Swindon skatepark to be in nobody’s back yard

Rivermead Drive selected as least intrusive on people's homes

Rivermead is likely to be the location of the much argued about skatepark costing £60,000 after the West Swindon Forum made progress on the vexed issue at its meeting on 13 January. After agree...

Where’s the other North Swindon primary school?

Kareen Boyd of Old Town writes to Blunsdon, Haydon Wick and Highworth Parish Councils

Kareen Boyd of Old Town writes to Blunsdon, Haydon Wick and Highworth Parish Councils I would ask that this item be brought before the next Parish Council Meeting. In simple terms, the Swindon Borou...


Tadpole Lane closed until mid-February to allow school access road to be built

Letter from Sarah Foster of SFS Planning Link on behalf of Crest Strategic Projects

Letter from Sarah Foster of SFS Planning Link on behalf of Crest Strategic Projects, dated 28 December 2013 Notice of Restriction - Tadpole Lane, Blunsdon. Temporary Road Closure to create new access...


Swindon leisure facilities in danger of developer dealings

999 leases could be on offer with taxpayer benefiting from proceeds

Swindon Borough Council is progressing with the cost-cutting disposal of its municipal leisure facilities and golf courses agreed in July 2013. Potential operator bids are to be returned by 7 Februar...

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Skatepark plan returns to West Swindon forum on Monday 13 January

West Swindon Forum - 7pm, Monday 13 January at Link Centre Library

The long running saga as to where a skatepark might be built to the west of the town returns to the West Swindon Forum on Monday 13 January. Following considerable pressure from objectors during 2013...

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Early start at Tadpole Farm in Swindon to get school ready for September opening

Swindon Borough Council's school admissions team answer questions from parents at information evening

Swindon Borough Council’s school admissions team were on hand to answer questions from about 50 parents about the primary school at Tadpole Farm at an information event held in the Tawny Owl pub...

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Moredon Bridge: developer wants to build 50 more homes on eco-site on edge of Swindon

Richard Pagett appeals to readers to write to planning inspectorate by 2 January about proposal

Richard Pagett from Purton is appealing to readers to write to the planning inspectorate by 2 January 2014 about a proposal by Wain Homes to build 50 houses on a nature conservation area next to the R...


Burning issues still to be addressed over plans for Swindon incinerator plant

NO Swindon Incineration campaign sending a loud message to the authorities

With a dedicated website and a Facebook group now more than 1,100 strong, the NO Swindon Incineration campaign against the proposed ‘biomass’ plant at Cheney Manor, close to the town centr...


UKs largest solar farm agreed for Swindon

40GW installation will supply 12,000 homes

Plans to build the Britains's largest onshore solar farm on a former airfield at Wroughton in Wiltshire moved a stage closer to realisation on 10 December when Swindon Borough Council’s planning...


Green light for first houses at Ridgeway Farm Swindon

Wiltshire allows Taylor Wimpey to proceed despite many unresolved questions

Despite many issues raised by Shaw Residents’ Association which have not been answered, Wiltshire Council has agreed Taylor Wimpey’s detailed planning application for the first 218 of 700...


Waitrose build shows need for Swindon southern by-pass

Traffic congestion raises questions about keeping Redpost Drive open

The sudden closure of Foxham Way, the main road through the Wichelstowe housing development in South Swindon between Old Town and the M4 motorway, demonstrates the need for the road to remain open in ...

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Will the chancellor give Thamesdown Drive extension the green light on 5 December?

Some hope of relieving North and West Swindon's traffic congestion

There maybe some hope of relieving Swindon’s chronic traffic congestion to the West and North when Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne makes his Autumn Statement in Parliament on 5 Decemb...


Tadpole Farm building in North Swindon starts

Parents find out about Tadpole Farm school as building gets underway for September opening

  Swindon Borough Council’s school admissions team were on hand to answer questions from about 50 parents about the primary school at Tadpole Farm at an information event held in the Taw...

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Sewage concerns back up in North Swindon

Taw Hill esidents' unhappy about proposals for two new sewage storage tanks in Queen Elizabeth Drive

Residents of Taw Hill believe that Thames Water’s sub-contractors Optimise are overstepping the mark when it comes to plans for two new sewage storage tanks costing £5 million, that are pr...

Inspector challenges Swindon Council over Local Plan

Questions to be answered about town's development into the future

The soundness of Swindon Borough Council’s Local Plan 2026 has come under scrutiny by the Secretary of State’s Planning Inspector, Mr Mike Fox, who called an Exploratory Meeting at STEAM o...


Vote now for best place for West Swindon skatepark

Public consultation open until 15 December

The long running debate about where skatepark should be built returned to the West Swindon Forum on Monday 11 November. Three locations have been selected by West Swindon Councillors which meet the r...

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The dominos are toppling west of Swindon into north Wiltshire

Richard Pagett says developers are rush to build more and more houses to join the town to surrounding villages

With Ridgeway Farm about to be built on and the Lydiard Fields site off Hook Street, next to Grange Park falling to developers, north Wiltshire beyond Swindon’s western boundary is threatened by...


Mass protest opposes Swindon biomass plan

Full council hears No to incineration plant loud and clear

At least 250 people campaigning against a planning application to build a biomass incinerator on the former SquareD factory site at Cheney Manor Industrial Estate protested at the Civic Offices before...


Freshbrook village centre plans on show now

Refurbishment to start in late February

Plans for the £90,000 refurbishment of Freshbrook village centre can be seen inside Freshbrook Community Centre during November. The project will see the removal of shrub planters in the car p...