Planning permission granted in November 2017 for 85 new homes in the Canalside area of Wichelstowe, Swindon. Stonewood Design have worked in collaboration with architects Metropolitan Workshop. The choice of 1, 2, 3 and 4 bed homes for sale will be located to the north of the existing Waitrose store and be situated along both banks of the canal. Construction will start in 2018.
The design of the homes will deliver a unique, and quality, housing offer for Swindon. The homes will be set in four semi-private landscaped garden squares to maximise the views over the canal. Each home will have its own private garden and terrace but will also have access to the shared communal gardens, places to gather socially and for children to play safely.
Cllr Toby Elliott, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Sustainability, said: “Earlier in the year I promised diggers in the ground at Wichelstowe; and we are already seeing this. This high quality development sets a benchmark for where I want the rest of Middle and West Wichel to go. Swindon deserves the very best quality homes and this development delivers this in spades. These plans are testament to the hard work of my team over many months.”
“The new development is the next phase in our ambitious Wichelstowe project. It is ideally located adjacent to the heart of the district centre; with the Waitrose store, new secondary school under construction, a new Hall & Woodhouse pub/restaurant currently in the planning process and a proposed primary school.”
Matt Vaudin, Partner at Stonewood Design, said: ‘Wichelstowe provides a great opportunity to design something special and different. The canalside location is unique for Swindon, and the brief allowed us to challenge the status quo for local housing. Having been born and bred in the town, and now with a local architectural practice, the aspirations for the project are very close to my heart.’
Nick Phillips, Associate Director at Metropolitan Workshop, said: ‘The layout offers opportunities to physically connect the gardens with the canal, further reinforcing the objective of creating a walkable neighbourhood with easy access to the facilities within Wichelstowe, the wider town and the surrounding countryside.’