Link Centre

The Link Centre in west Swindon will be able to keep the wheelchair access ramp it built last year without planning permission.

The leisure centre was given permission to build a new power plant at its rear last year, but that removed the existing level access to the centre at its north side.

The centre’s application for retrospective planning permission said: “Prior to the construction of the subject ramp level access was still available, such that disabled people could enter the centre however it might have been viewed as being more convoluted and circuitous.”


The design and access details for an estate of 37 houses to be built in Blunsdon have been approved.

Newland Homes was given permission in 2016 to construct the estate, bound to the north by Blunsdon High Street and to the west by Ermin Street.

Now planners at Euclid Street have signed off on the details of how the houses will look and be set out.

The developer’s design statement said: “Our proposals include red brick, stone and light-coloured rendered houses and garages.

"Materials have been used in key locations to enhance the design ethos of the village. Brick-front elevations with stone to all other elevations is a feature within the village and has been echoed in our proposals. Brick quoins around windows and doors are also a local feature that has been included within our designs. Rendered properties have simple features, such as dressed stone surrounds, a feature that is common in the village.”


Planners at Euclid Street have signed off on the surface water and drainage plans put forward by BMW-Mini. 

The company wants to build a new manufacturing building, with attached office space on its site, where the body shells for Minis are constructed.

Orbital Shopping Park

German supermarket giant Lidl has withdrawn its application for a huge sign above the door, and a poster site in the window of its store in the north Swindon shopping centre.

Abbey Meads

Four trees will be planted on the site of Abbey Meads Primary School.

The school in Hugo Drive has been given permission to put up an extra building to create a new classroom.

Because four trees will have to be felled to allow for the building, constructed from wood-effect fibre cement, planning officers have asked that four trees be planted elsewhere on site to offset the loss.


Swindon Borough Council will be allowed to demolish the unused caretaker’s bungalow at a school. It said the three-bedroom building on the site of Lainesmead Primary School in South View Street is unused and has become dangerous.

Any hazardous materials found in the demolition will be disposed of “in a controlled manner and demolished using an excavator”.

Old Town

A bungalow could be knocked down, with a five-bedroom mock-Georgian house being constructed in its place.

Michael Tatam, who lives in St Ives in Cornwall, has applied to Swindon Borough Council for permission to demolish the bungalow at 70 Westlecot Road.

He hopes to be able to build a large three-storey home with five bedrooms, two en suite.

The owner of Westgate at 101 Avenue Road in Old Town, Philip Troke, has applied for permission to demolish a lean-to and build a single-storey extension.