TOWN CENTRE: A new eatery could be coming to the top of Regent Street.

Applicant A Rodrigues has been given permission to change the use of number 39 Regent Circus from a shop to a restaurant. His application does not specify what sort of food will be served.

The unit has been used as a Cats Protection charity shop and is between a grilled chicken takeaway and Central Church at the Pilgrim Centre

WROUGHTON: Hangars at Wroughton Airfield could put Swindon at the centre of new sustainable technologies and usher in the era of what is being called the 'circular economy'.

The hangars at the south-western edge of the airfield on the downs to the south of Swindon are owned by the Science Museum and currently designated for storage.

The museum, along with the universities of Bath and Oxford and Swindon company Recycling Technologies, has applied for a change of use permission to use the buildings for research into developing ways of recycling more substances in everyday use.

The consortium’s application says: “The circular economy is central to the change of use proposal. It encourages a shift from today’s linear ‘take, make, dispose’ economic model, towards one where materials and products circulate in the economy for as long as possible. At its core, the circular economy aims to design-out waste through reuse, repair, remanufacture, and recycling.”

It says allowing the buildings to be used for the new purpose "will put Swindon and Wiltshire at the heart of applied Circular Economy research and drive innovation to create new products, processes and solutions for this growing global market.”

BROADGREEN: The long-awaited redevelopment of a derelict site in Lagos Street has come one step closer.

Developer S Chowdhury was given permission to build a two-and-a-half storey building with a shop on the ground floor and offices upstairs in 2018. Work hasn’t started, but Mr Chowdhury has now received approval for a minor change to his plans and can move ahead.

RODBOURNE: A proposal by Wayne Evans to build a two-storey extension to 32 Jennings Street and then convert the house into a six-bedroom house of multiple occupation has been withdrawn.

Had it not been the plan would have been considered by the borough council’s planning committee at the request of Central Swindon North Parish Council, which objected to the proposal.

EXTENSIONS: Applications to extend houses or to build or convert outbuildings or lofts have been put in approved for: 51 Kennet Avenue, Haydon Wick; 9 The Quarries, Old Town; 19 Allington Road, Penhill; 19 Cairndow Way, Upper Stratton; 14 Arun Road, Haydon Wick; 38 Vicarage Road, Pinehurst; 2 Hunt’s Copse Cottages, Stirling Road, South Marston; 39 Southwold Close, Oakhurst; 37 Berkeley Road, Wroughton.

An application to extend 25 Clifton Street, Kingshill has been withdrawn and a plan to convert a loft at Chelwood House, The Marsh Wanborough, and proposals for extensions at 25 Manchester Road, Broadgreen and 160 Goddard Avenue in Old Town have been refused.