WANBOROUGH: The plans submitted by pharmaceutical manufacturing and distribution firm Wasdell Group to build a major new development on Inlands Farm, between south east Swindon proper and Wanborough (pictured), have been given more time.

The plans for the warehouse and factory, which would also include a second phase of construction of a research and development ‘Science Park’, have attracted a huge amount of opposition from people who live in Wanborough.

Now, Wasdell will be asked for more information and there will be a period of public consultation.

The council’s cabinet member for strategic planing Gary Sumner, who is also a ward councillor for Wanborough, said: “An extension of time for the Inlands Farm planning application for a Science Park, including light industrial uses, has been granted to the end of February 2020 to allow the applicants to submit additional information on which there will be public consultation.”

TOWN CENTRE: The flagship new building for Zurich, a centrepiece of the Kimmerfields regeneration scheme, will be slightly shorter than previously planned. The insurance group, which is to build a new eight-storey tower block on the cleared site in Carfax Avenue, has been given clearance to make a minor change in the facade of the building and to make it very slightly less high.

Once it is built, Swindon Borough Council will buy the tower and lease it back to the finance and insurance company

HINTON PARVA: Peggy Bennett, the owner of Nether Water Cottage in Hinton Parva, near Wanborough, had two pieces of good news. Members of Swindon Borough Council’s planning committee approved her plans to build another house and a detached garage in her garden, despite the concerns and objections of the parish council.

And they approved of her stated intention to be in charge of the building herself. Coun Vera Tomlinson said: “More householders should be prepared to take charge of building properties, and dare I say it, more women too.”

GABLECROSS: Developers RPS Ltd, based in Birmingham, have been given permission to put up an acoustic fence to protect neighbours from work at Symmetry Park. Work is to start on an undeveloped plot of the warehouse site just east of the A419 and along with an earth bund, the fence will raise the height of the acoustic barrier to four metres.

WROUGHTON: Paintyard Ltd has been given permission to put up a three-bedroom house in the land behind 5 High Street in Wroughton. The plot, which was the garden of number 5, will have two car parking spaces and its own garden.

WROUGHTON: Thomas Hitchcock, who lives in Falklands Road, has been given permission for five separate changes to his house. He will be allowed to put on a groundfloor, single storey tension at the back of the property, install windows into the roof and one side of the house, put up a two-metre high fence and create extra parking.

BRIDGEMEAD: Charity Sue Ryder will be able to make a noise about its presence in Bridgemead trading estate. The organisation is taking over a shop unit there previously used by American Golf, and it has been given permission to put up its blue and white livery above the door and to the side of the shop and also on the park’s two advertising totems. The shop will sell second-hand, donated fashion items, furniture and households good and new items.

STRATTON: Developer Yogi Abhee, from Purley in Surrey has come two steps closer to work on demolishing an old disused care home at 192 Oxford Road and constructing eight flats in its place.

Mr Abhee’s architects, Darkin of Llanelli in west Wales, have submitted a construction schedule and method statement and details of fascias, roof tiles, bricks, external lights, windows and fittings like door handles, drains and flashings to be used on the construction which have been approved by Euclid Street planners.