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Planning approval welcomed for a site on the outskirts of Swindon

Wessex region has welcomed Swindon Council’s green light for 113 new homes on land in South Marston on the edge of Swindon.

Planning approval was given for the Catsbrain Farm site at a meeting of the Council’s planning committee on Tuesday 11th October. The development will include a mixture of semi-detached, terraced and detached homes, which vary from one-bedroom apartments to four-bedroom dwellings.

The six apartments will be located above a new retail store and close to the proposed access point on Kingsdown Road on the southern side of the site. This access to the development will be via a newly constructed junction, while a number of pedestrian routes will also be provided. The site will be circled by a footpath and greenery, with an area of green open space, including a flood attenuation pond.

A new play area and numerous ecological measures such as the provision of a minimum of 75 bird boxes will also feature at the development. As part of the scheme, Persimmon will build and transfer 34 dwellings to a local housing association partner.

Welcoming the planning approval, Persimmon managing director for Wessex, Julian Roper said “This is fantastic news and I want to thank Swindon Borough Council for approving our planning application. Persimmon is committed to building the best value homes on the market in sustainable and inclusive communities such as South Marston, which will contribute to the future prosperity of the area.

“We are pleased this site will deliver a range of homes designed for families and first-time buyers who otherwise might struggle to get onto the housing ladder locally in Swindon. Our plans will also provide significant community benefit for local people including new jobs, road and active travel infrastructure, ecology schemes, play area and green open space.

“This development wouldn’t have been possible without the positive engagement of officials, elected members and the local community, and of course the diligent work of Persimmon’s land and planning team who’ve worked tirelessly to deliver a scheme that will benefit Swindon.”

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