East Wichel residents in line for shops at last
PEOPLE moving into new homes in East Wichel could be conviniently close to local shops if plans are given the go-ahead by the council.
Taylor Wimpey has submitted plans to build shops, cafes and restaurants and 54 new homes in East Wichel.
The planning application is for the 713.91 sqm of land between East Wichel School and East Wichel Way and includes up to five shops or offices.
Compared to an application in 2011 for shops in East Wichel, there is one fewer shop or office building and seven fewer homes, plus a tower is no longer part of the development.
Coun Nadine Watts, who represents the Old Town and East Wichel ward, is pleased by the news.
“I welcome this new planning application being submitted, which will hopefully speed up the process of East Wichel having its own shops and food outlets,” said Coun Watts.
“Having a convenience store and other retail outlets in the Wichelstowe area has been a top priority for residents living in the area who currently have to travel much further than other Swindon residents to get essential household items.
“The removal of the four-storey tower, which was part of the original application, is also welcomed as I know a number of residents living close to the site were concerned about this.
“This new development does mean there will be a reduction in retail floor space compared to the previous application.
“However, if this means residents have access to a convenience store sooner, then I think it is a worthwhile change.
“If East Wichel residents have any views on this application, I would encourage them to contact me and I will feed them in to the council’s planning department.”
A Taylor Wimpey spokesman said: “The use of the commercial units is still to be confirmed, but we are working with a specialist agency to promote them to potential businesses to ensure they will be occupied at the earliest opportunity following completion.
“We are pleased to hear that Coun Watts is supportive of our plans, which we believe will enhance and provide much-needed amenities for the community.
“Should our proposals be approved, we would hope to begin work on the scheme in 2014.”
Councillors on the council’s planning committee are likely to hold a debate the application in October.
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