Town Centre: Passengers at Swindon Railway Station will be able to wait for their train in a little more comfort.

First Great Western has applied for permission to put up a new shelter for 20 people. If approved it will be built at the eastern end of platforms one and three.

The train company’s application says: “The new shelters will have new paving leading to the entrance, and will receive lighting and CCTV camera provision to encourage better use by passengers.”

Gorse Hill: Avtar Constructions has asked for permission to change a garden centre into a motor garage.

The company wants to use the unit at the corner of Argyle Street and Cirencester Way, part of Argyle Commercial Centre for the business.

It says: “The development proposed here will not be for any additional built structures as part of the change of use. The only external changes proposed for the change of use will be the addition of new roller shutter doors to allow for the ongoing use of the building as a garage.”

Gorse Hill: Six new flats could be created in land bound by Cricklade Road and Avening Street.

Developer Manju Kumar has applied to convert the top floor of a storage unite behind a shop at 136 Cricklade Road into two one bedroom flats.

In the empty plot behind the shops, fronting on to a spur road off Avening Road, Mr Kumar wants to build what would look like two terraced houses, but would in fact be four single-bed flats, two on the ground floor and two on the upper storey.

The redevelopment of the site would see 14 car parking spaces on the empty plot lost, but a small communal garden for residents and six parking spaces would be created.

An earlier plan for the site which would have seen a three-bed house and four one-bed flats in two blocks built was turned down by planners.

Blunsdon: Developer Marc McDermott has been given the go ahead in principle to construct three self-build houses in Blunsdon.

Mr McDermott’s application requests permission to build six houses on two plot of land off Kingsdown Lane, either side of a single house Fairview about half a mile east of Turnpike Lane. The western plot is agricultural land, the eastern plot is occupied by a custom camper can conversion and paint shop.

Euclid Street planners have given permission for just the three houses to be built on the western plot of land.

Mr McDermott will now have to obtain planning consent for his detailed plans, including design of the houses, layout, and access before any work can start.

Blunsdon: But Mr Macdermott has received a setback in another related application. He had asked for retrospective change of use permission for the light industrial shed to the immediate east of Fairview. He wanted consent for the approved use to be changed from a dog-grooming business to a camper van conversion business.

That has been turned down by planning officers whose report called it: “an unacceptable use in close proximity to residential dwellings outside the Swindon Urban Area and the rural settlement boundary of Blunsdon, for which no relevant justification has been provided”.

The council’s chief planning officers is has been given the authority “to take the relevant enforcement action to remove the unauthorised change of use.”

West Swindon: The McDonald's restaurant operating at the West Swindon Centre in Whitehill Way could soon move downstairs.

Supermarket Asda has applied for permission to use the empty Blockbuster video shop in the centre for both a food store and for a hot takeaway to operate.

It says permission will allow the McDonald's restaurant to move from its current first floor premises.

Town Centre: Clothing store Primark has been given permission to update its signs at its unit at 8-9 Regent Street in the centre of town.