Modern farm buildings could be knocked down and traditional barns converted and extended to create five luxury homes in a village near Swindon if new plans are approved.

Swindon Borough Council's planning committee will decide whether to give approval next week to the proposals by the commissioners of the Church of England to use the land at Prebendal Farm in Bishopstone, east of Wanborough, for the mini development.

Three modern farm buildings and a traditional barn would be demolished while seven old barns will be converted and another extended to create five houses and another used for three double garages. A grade II listed wall will also be repaired.

The application says: "The buildings will retain their original scale with the exception of the refurbished traditional barn on the northern boundary which will incorporate a glass link to a new-build extension

"The modern shed to the south will be replaced by a two-storey house in keeping with its setting in the farmstead and the Bishopstone Conservation Area."

The plans put forward say that access to the houses would be from Icknield Way, where there is already an entrance into the farm.

There is another access point from West End Way, and one would be possible from Church lane, but residents have written to planners to support the one access being used.

Bishopstone Parish Council which is supportive of the development "in principle" had wanted access from West End way and the improvement of the lane's junction with Icknield Way as the development will create extra traffic at a junction "which is a local safety concern due to the speed of vehicles."

The parish council would not want to see the borough council highways suggestion of a passing bay alongside the access as it feels it's not in keeping with the village and will cause the loss of "a good quality yew tree in a prominent location."

It would like to see a pedestrian access from the site to West End Lane so that walkers won't have to negotiate the corner with Icknield Way where there is no pavement.

One objection from nearby residents is that the dormer window in the roof of the rear property will overlook them.

The planning committee will meet at 6pm on Tuesday.