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New Eastern Villages the Future for Swindon

24/01/2020

The New Eastern Villages is one of the largest developments in the UK currently. It will see the delivery of around 8,000 needed new homes in the area and nationally. The NEV will also be providing new schools for that area and the wider Swindon population, areas of employment, numerous sports facilities and other community facilities.

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Planning White Paper

02/04/2020

Following the announcements in the 2020 Budget the government’s plans for housing and planning have been put forward in their policy paper, Planning for the future.

In order to achieve the ambitious target of 300,000 new homes a year the government have stated that they will bring forward a series of major publications and legislate to deliver lasting change.

In the Spring, the UK government have said they will publish their ambitious Planning White Paper which offers new and inventive solutions to reform the planning system making it work for the coming century.

Within the initial planning for the future policy paper they have said that in order “To achieve this mission, the government will bring forward a series of major publications and legislate to deliver lasting change. This will start with an ambitious Planning White Paper in the Spring to modernise our planning system, ensuring it supports the delivery of homes that local people need and creates more beautiful and greener communities. We will introduce a Building Safety Bill to bring about the biggest change in building safety for a generation and a Renters’ Reform Bill to provide greater stability for those who rent their homes. To ensure that residents in social homes are treated fairly we will publish a Social Housing White Paper. Taken together these will form the bedrock of a housing strategy to be published later in the year, setting out our longer-term plans to deliver the homes this country needs and create a fairer housing market.”

Read the full policy paper here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/planning-for-the-future

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£8.5m A420 Upgrade Starting

10/03/2020

The necessary upgrade works to the Gablecross roundabout on the A420 in Swindon is due to start in the coming months. The works are needed as the road network is set to see the eastern expansion of Swindon with the New Eastern Villages.

£8.5m has been allocated to upgrade this roundabout in order to cater for existing and future traffic. The work is part of the major road improvements with which £72.5m has been allocated.

Read the full article here: https://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/18290994.8-5m-revamp-ofa420-gable-cross-roundabout-set-start/

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Swindon’s Local Plan Review – Part 2

05/02/2020

Swindon Borough Council has prepared a Local Plan which it proposes to submit to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government. The Local Plan relates to the whole Borough and provides a strategy for delivering growth for Swindon Borough up to 2036. The document provides the vision, objectives, strategic policies, development management policies and site specific allocations for delivering new homes, jobs, services, facilities and infrastructure.

Swindon’s Local Plan review is still ongoing and has moved to the next stage in the process.

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New Eastern Villages the Future for Swindon

24/01/2020

The New Eastern Villages is one of the largest developments in the UK currently. It will see the delivery of around 8,000 needed new homes in the area and nationally. The NEV will also be providing new schools for that area and the wider Swindon population, areas of employment, numerous sports facilities and other community facilities.

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UK’s High Streets

15/01/2020

The news that the UK’s High Streets have been in decline for some time now is not new. The Centre for Retail Research reported that there are around 50,000 fewer retail units on the High Streets than there was just a decade ago. The issue isn’t how to save the High Street in its current form but how to reinvent it.

With High Streets being predominately retail focused and the decline of these physical retail places on the High Streets the UK needs take elements of an older model when these areas weren’t solely built around this sector. The High Streets are at the heart of the community where the people of the area are able to come together and utilise the space. Even with the UKs housing crisis it makes no sense economically to ear make what is usually the most expensive land in the centre of Towns/Cities for housing alone.

Local Councils need to adapt and understand what the High Streets function is today and how to entice people back to these areas with worthwhile experiences. Planning Policy needs to be less ridged and more flexible in its approach allowing well planned developments to come forward in order to breathe life back into these areas with more capable strategic decision makers in place.

The Government are proactively tackling the UKs issue of Town Centre regeneration and announced last year the High Streets Task Force, a forward-thinking group of experts appointed to provide guidance and advice to local authorities. With the correct individuals leading this and working in collaboration with the private sector the UKs Town Centres will see new uses and new life.

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Swindon’s New Year Resolutions

02/01/2020

2020 will see Swindon grow in its intended direction with the New Eastern Villages moving the Town forward.

Swindon has grown over the last year with developments coming forward across the borough. The larger planned strategic sites at New Eastern Villages will receive planning this year which will see the Town continue to develop in a more structured way. The funding from the developers at New Eastern Villages along with the funding secured by Swindon Borough Council will ensure the necessary infrastructure in the area is delivered.

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£100m National Road Fund Release

08/10/2019

The Department for Transport gave the official go ahead last month with a number of road schemes. The schemes are set to receive a portion of £100m Government funding from the National Roads Fund.

The Department for Transport revealed that four schemes have been approved for this first phasing of funding. £31m for the Preston western distributor, £25.5m for the Stubbington bypass, £22.5m for the White Hart junction and £22.9m for the Wichelstowe southern access project in Swindon. The projects have been approved for construction to begin under local bids.

The £22.5m funding for White Hart junction will see a necessary upgrade of the intersection between the A419 and A420 which will benefit the exiting users of the network and forthcoming development at the New Eastern Villages.

Further road schemes are set to benefit from the Government’s National Road Fund across the UK in further phases coming forward.

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£3.6 billion new Town Funds

10/09/2019

On the 6th September 2019 Local Government Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP announced which towns will benefit from the £3.6 billion Towns Fund to build prosperous futures. It is intended that Towns across England will work with the government through this fund to develop innovative regeneration plans. Communities, businesses and local leaders will now join forces to propose plans to transform these town’s economic growth prospects with attention on improved transport, broadband connectivity (5G infrastructure), skills and culture.

The government will next publish a prospectus to guide towns through the process and set eligibility criteria for funding to be unlocked.

Swindon has been named as one of the many Towns to benefit. A full list of places can be found here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5d722667e5274a09881c0c58/list-of-100-places.pdf

Read full Government press release here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/100-places-to-benefit-from-new-towns-fund.

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Swindon’s Local Plan Review

30/08/2019

The current Local Plan Swindon have in place is the key planning document providing the strategy for the area to deliver growth up to the year 2026. Under Government guidance local plans or policies are to be reviewed and assess whether they need updating at least once every 5 years.

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£72m Key Infrastructure

09/07/2019

Swindon Borough Council’s cabinet meet on Wednesday 10th July to approve necessary road infrastructure upgrades in Swindon costing £72+ million.

Major highway improvements and upgrades are due to take place October 2019. The road network upgrades are part of the vital infrastructure required for the 8,000+ homes set to be built East of the A419 at the allocated site of the New Eastern Villages (NEV).

The NEV is one of the largest greenfield developments in the UK consisting of 8,000+ homes, new primary/secondary schools, employment hubs, sports facilities, health facilities and utility/road infrastructure.

The first improvement scheme is proposed to take place at the White Hart junction this October. This will see the construction of a new northbound slip road from the roundabout on to the A4119 which has been needed regardless of the new housing coming forward at the NEV.

To find out more about the infrastructure coming forward visit Swindon Borough Council’s website here: https://www.swindon.gov.uk/news/article/261/essential_road_upgrades_will_start_in_october_to_enable_8000-home_development_to_go_ahead

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