High hopes for jobs at The Hub

This Is Wiltshire: Ready to be transformed – the fields off the A420 which are planned to become a new district centre Ready to be transformed – the fields off the A420 which are planned to become a new district centre

MORE than 2,000 jobs could be created if a new district centre is built in East Swindon.

An application has been submitted for the plan.

The centre, which would be located across the road from Gablecross Police Station, could see an area of commercial properties built, including two huge warehouses if successful.

They would be accessed via a new road from the A420, meaning traffic would avoid Covingham and Wanborough.

Known as The Hub, it would comprise the first section of what could be a new Eastern District Centre, similar to the Orbital in North Swindon.

The plan for the Eastern Villages, which is due to be examined by the planning inspectorate as part of the Local Plan next month, designates the land to the west of the application for commercial space.

It will be anchored by a large supermarket with further shops in the surrounding area.

It is expected that a new and larger Sainsbury’s store will be built next to the current site on the A420, with other shops taking the current space occupied by the supermarket.

It is not yet known which businesses will take the warehouse space being proposed, but it is hoped they will attract an international employer.

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Coun Dale Heenan (Con, Covingham and Dorcan), above, the cabinet member for strategic planning, said: “As the application is new, we will have to look at it properly to make sure it is of high quality and will attract international companies to Swindon.

“We have always said that the Eastern Villages will be a jobs led growth development with the housing following, and this demonstrates that.

“This is the jobs part of the district centre and 2,000 jobs will clearly be a huge benefit to the town.”

As well as warehouses, the application, which has been put forward by the RPS Group, will also include some office space as well as new landscaping.

Towards the end of last year, members of South Marston Parish Council received a presentation from the company regarding the development.

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Barry Thunder, of South Marston Parish Council, above, said while there are a few concerns regarding the roads and infrastructure, overall he feels it will be a positive development for the area.

He said: “We have concerns about the impact the traffic will have on the junction, especially being so close to the traffic lights at the police station. The area is also a problem for flooding but we will take a look at the application.

“It is early days but from what we heard at the presentation there will be few reasons to object to it. Anything which brings in so many jobs has got to be good, especially if it’s designed like the B&Q warehouse, so the impact on the skyline is minimal.

“With all the houses due to be built in South Marston it could provide employment for these people.”

For further details on the application, or to comment on the proposals, visit the council’s planning portal at www.swindon.gov.uk and quote reference S/OUT/14/0253.

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7:06am Tue 4 Mar 14

Clarwilt says...

South Marston Parish Council won't bother to object to this as long as it doesn't spoil their view like those nasty wind turbines or cause two or three extra cars through the village.
They have never bothered about the few residents along the A420 who come under the parish of South Marston. Their concerns are of no consequence and never have been.
The road is often at a standstill now with congestion and will only become worse.
South Marston Parish Council won't bother to object to this as long as it doesn't spoil their view like those nasty wind turbines or cause two or three extra cars through the village. They have never bothered about the few residents along the A420 who come under the parish of South Marston. Their concerns are of no consequence and never have been. The road is often at a standstill now with congestion and will only become worse. Clarwilt
  • Score: 17

8:08am Tue 4 Mar 14

house on the hill says...

If done properly then anything that creates jobs has to be applauded. But I am sure many will reserve judgement to see if they get the infrastructure right, which they don't seem very good at in this town!
If done properly then anything that creates jobs has to be applauded. But I am sure many will reserve judgement to see if they get the infrastructure right, which they don't seem very good at in this town! house on the hill
  • Score: 13

8:42am Tue 4 Mar 14

swindondad says...

It is good to see provision for emplacement being made (storage and distribution as well as the normal retail) and as long as the infrastructure is upgraded to meet the demands that will be placed on it I feel it will be good for the town / area.
It is good to see provision for emplacement being made (storage and distribution as well as the normal retail) and as long as the infrastructure is upgraded to meet the demands that will be placed on it I feel it will be good for the town / area. swindondad
  • Score: 5

9:11am Tue 4 Mar 14

ChannelX says...

Just have to say, 'Barry Thunder' is a fantastic name!
Just have to say, 'Barry Thunder' is a fantastic name! ChannelX
  • Score: 12

9:26am Tue 4 Mar 14

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

A bit of retail and warehousing jobs. Hmmm. While any employment has to be considered good, 2000 jobs falls far short of the thousands upon thousands of houses planned for that area. And in any case is hardly the kind of upwardly aspirational jobs that will attract new business and money to the town.

How about building a technology campus, or a medical research facility (sited directly between Oxford and GWH the facilities could be shared)?
A bit of retail and warehousing jobs. Hmmm. While any employment has to be considered good, 2000 jobs falls far short of the thousands upon thousands of houses planned for that area. And in any case is hardly the kind of upwardly aspirational jobs that will attract new business and money to the town. How about building a technology campus, or a medical research facility (sited directly between Oxford and GWH the facilities could be shared)? The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
  • Score: 7

9:58am Tue 4 Mar 14

Clarwilt says...

Dale Heenans aspirations of attracting International companies to Swindon are unlikely to transpire.
Masses of good sized warehouses all around this town lying empty and rundown. The Tories like to give the impression of a big upturn in the economy when nothing is further from the truth and the foreseeable future is looking glum. We would all like to see a couple of thousand jobs coming to this area but it is like the transformation if Swindon town centre..all rather a pipe dream!
Dale Heenans aspirations of attracting International companies to Swindon are unlikely to transpire. Masses of good sized warehouses all around this town lying empty and rundown. The Tories like to give the impression of a big upturn in the economy when nothing is further from the truth and the foreseeable future is looking glum. We would all like to see a couple of thousand jobs coming to this area but it is like the transformation if Swindon town centre..all rather a pipe dream! Clarwilt
  • Score: 2

10:31am Tue 4 Mar 14

Al Smith says...

Clarwilt wrote:
Dale Heenans aspirations of attracting International companies to Swindon are unlikely to transpire.
Masses of good sized warehouses all around this town lying empty and rundown. The Tories like to give the impression of a big upturn in the economy when nothing is further from the truth and the foreseeable future is looking glum. We would all like to see a couple of thousand jobs coming to this area but it is like the transformation if Swindon town centre..all rather a pipe dream!
What the government doesn't tell people is that house price increases are used to calculate GDP. So it's in the governments interest to create a house price boom to make the economy look good, hence government backed 95% mortgages.
[quote][p][bold]Clarwilt[/bold] wrote: Dale Heenans aspirations of attracting International companies to Swindon are unlikely to transpire. Masses of good sized warehouses all around this town lying empty and rundown. The Tories like to give the impression of a big upturn in the economy when nothing is further from the truth and the foreseeable future is looking glum. We would all like to see a couple of thousand jobs coming to this area but it is like the transformation if Swindon town centre..all rather a pipe dream![/p][/quote]What the government doesn't tell people is that house price increases are used to calculate GDP. So it's in the governments interest to create a house price boom to make the economy look good, hence government backed 95% mortgages. Al Smith
  • Score: 7

1:32pm Tue 4 Mar 14

mr_ed_1988 says...

Clarwilt wrote:
South Marston Parish Council won't bother to object to this as long as it doesn't spoil their view like those nasty wind turbines or cause two or three extra cars through the village.
They have never bothered about the few residents along the A420 who come under the parish of South Marston. Their concerns are of no consequence and never have been.
The road is often at a standstill now with congestion and will only become worse.
Unfortunately I agree here. Our house directly adjoins this proposed development, and the additional lorries and general vehicle traffic queueing outside my window certainly won't be welcomed. The related application last year for the first stage of the road changes was met with a lot of objections, but most notably from neighbouring parishes than from our own.
I'd love to see a similar level of discussion and involvement for the developments on this side of the A420 as there had been for the other Eastern Villages/Wind Farm/Honda projects etc of late - feel a bit "left out on our own" at the moment with nothing but warehouses and traffic to come!
[quote][p][bold]Clarwilt[/bold] wrote: South Marston Parish Council won't bother to object to this as long as it doesn't spoil their view like those nasty wind turbines or cause two or three extra cars through the village. They have never bothered about the few residents along the A420 who come under the parish of South Marston. Their concerns are of no consequence and never have been. The road is often at a standstill now with congestion and will only become worse.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately I agree here. Our house directly adjoins this proposed development, and the additional lorries and general vehicle traffic queueing outside my window certainly won't be welcomed. The related application last year for the first stage of the road changes was met with a lot of objections, but most notably from neighbouring parishes than from our own. I'd love to see a similar level of discussion and involvement for the developments on this side of the A420 as there had been for the other Eastern Villages/Wind Farm/Honda projects etc of late - feel a bit "left out on our own" at the moment with nothing but warehouses and traffic to come! mr_ed_1988
  • Score: 7

2:55pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Localboy86 says...

Has Dale had some work done? He looks abit plastic.
Has Dale had some work done? He looks abit plastic. Localboy86
  • Score: 2

3:13pm Tue 4 Mar 14

twasadawf says...

On another note nice to see they have started the development at coate water 73 houses to start with planning app S/10/0842 guess the advert will report when the site is half finished
On another note nice to see they have started the development at coate water 73 houses to start with planning app S/10/0842 guess the advert will report when the site is half finished twasadawf
  • Score: -1

7:15pm Tue 4 Mar 14

madreeves says...

"We have always said that the Eastern Villages will be a jobs led growth development with the housing following, and this demonstrates that." So, build the warehouses etc - all the jobs get taken - then build the houses - then no jobs left in said development for the people buying those houses. Eh?
"We have always said that the Eastern Villages will be a jobs led growth development with the housing following, and this demonstrates that." So, build the warehouses etc - all the jobs get taken - then build the houses - then no jobs left in said development for the people buying those houses. Eh? madreeves
  • Score: 2

8:35pm Tue 4 Mar 14

faatmaan says...

out of which mushroom do the new occupiers of any new homes come from, they must already live somewhere, the prices of any new homes is going to be out of the reach of most ordinary workers, so those new folks will not be the average warehouse or retail worker, so we are either building a dormitory area or a white elephant, Swindon workers on the whole are paid considerably less than those of places like Oxford, which incidentally is trying its best not to expand and has pushed all new homes onto Wantage, didcot and Bicester, so this could be an attempt by a certain Oxfordshire based MP to enhance his own reputation at Swindons expense, but you can still expect the A420 to remain a near single track highway to hell. While we are on about the A420, how many have you noticed that since the Police station at Gablecross was built the traffic delays have almost tripled inbound from Oxford and that whilst all the problems At GWH with regards to car parking, the police station has significantly more than needed.
out of which mushroom do the new occupiers of any new homes come from, they must already live somewhere, the prices of any new homes is going to be out of the reach of most ordinary workers, so those new folks will not be the average warehouse or retail worker, so we are either building a dormitory area or a white elephant, Swindon workers on the whole are paid considerably less than those of places like Oxford, which incidentally is trying its best not to expand and has pushed all new homes onto Wantage, didcot and Bicester, so this could be an attempt by a certain Oxfordshire based MP to enhance his own reputation at Swindons expense, but you can still expect the A420 to remain a near single track highway to hell. While we are on about the A420, how many have you noticed that since the Police station at Gablecross was built the traffic delays have almost tripled inbound from Oxford and that whilst all the problems At GWH with regards to car parking, the police station has significantly more than needed. faatmaan
  • Score: 5

8:53pm Wed 5 Mar 14

blogonaut says...

Watch out everyone, incoming Traffic Disaster!

All the development in North Swindon has been done without proper road infrastructure, so on a good day it takes 45 minutes to go half a mile and get on the A419 at Blunsdon. Building a new District Centre and homes here will cause the same problem on the single carriageway A420. Yesterday I saw 2 individuals stop and get out of their their cars in the middle of the roundabout at Gablecross and have a stand up shouting match over who had right-of-way; this is only going to make things worse.

"Hopes" of jobs? Building new retail space will only mean shoppers abandon the town centre or other retail areas to go to the new place instead. People only have so much money to spend; build a new shopping centre here, and you deprive somewhere else in Swindon. Concentrate on rejuvenating what we have got instead of endless new development with no infrastructure...
Watch out everyone, incoming Traffic Disaster! All the development in North Swindon has been done without proper road infrastructure, so on a good day it takes 45 minutes to go half a mile and get on the A419 at Blunsdon. Building a new District Centre and homes here will cause the same problem on the single carriageway A420. Yesterday I saw 2 individuals stop and get out of their their cars in the middle of the roundabout at Gablecross and have a stand up shouting match over who had right-of-way; this is only going to make things worse. "Hopes" of jobs? Building new retail space will only mean shoppers abandon the town centre or other retail areas to go to the new place instead. People only have so much money to spend; build a new shopping centre here, and you deprive somewhere else in Swindon. Concentrate on rejuvenating what we have got instead of endless new development with no infrastructure... blogonaut
  • Score: 4

9:13pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Noah's Ark says...

This land was under water 2 weeks ago. Also if this is to be a logistics location the A429 needs dualling between Oxford and Swindon otherwise it will be one big traffic jam.

Has Swindon done any studies on the traffic flow of the A42o. No. It is a serious issue. Everyone against this development should write asking for traffic data. Wrong location
This land was under water 2 weeks ago. Also if this is to be a logistics location the A429 needs dualling between Oxford and Swindon otherwise it will be one big traffic jam. Has Swindon done any studies on the traffic flow of the A42o. No. It is a serious issue. Everyone against this development should write asking for traffic data. Wrong location Noah's Ark
  • Score: 3

9:16pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Noah's Ark says...

Sorry meant A420 will be a traffic jam
Sorry meant A420 will be a traffic jam Noah's Ark
  • Score: 0

9:45am Thu 6 Mar 14

mr_ed_1988 says...

Noah's Ark wrote:
This land was under water 2 weeks ago. Also if this is to be a logistics location the A429 needs dualling between Oxford and Swindon otherwise it will be one big traffic jam.

Has Swindon done any studies on the traffic flow of the A42o. No. It is a serious issue. Everyone against this development should write asking for traffic data. Wrong location
There's lots of traffic data included in their application, and I have also encountered folks on the verge counting on a few occasions so current data does at least exist. The stumbling comes when they try to model that data up to show the before/after figures, at which point it all seems to stop adding up as the enormous development adds only a handful of additional vehicles per hour.
[quote][p][bold]Noah's Ark[/bold] wrote: This land was under water 2 weeks ago. Also if this is to be a logistics location the A429 needs dualling between Oxford and Swindon otherwise it will be one big traffic jam. Has Swindon done any studies on the traffic flow of the A42o. No. It is a serious issue. Everyone against this development should write asking for traffic data. Wrong location[/p][/quote]There's lots of traffic data included in their application, and I have also encountered folks on the verge counting on a few occasions so current data does at least exist. The stumbling comes when they try to model that data up to show the before/after figures, at which point it all seems to stop adding up as the enormous development adds only a handful of additional vehicles per hour. mr_ed_1988
  • Score: 1

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