Allotments, a country park, a new woodland should all feature in one of Swindon’s new villages.

David Wilson Homes has lodged a formal application for planning permission to build 370 houses to the east of the A419 as part of the New Eastern Villages expansion.

The development is the southern half of the Foxbridge village. Danescroft owns the northern half and likely to bring an application forward to build another 330 houses soon.

The application by David Wilson Homes, part of the Barratt group, says: “We think Foxbridge should encourage traditional villager and community values, where people can get to know their neighbours, old or young, can share lifts to work or the local shops, can pause to say ‘hi’ as they pass by, want to support and help each other, use their community hub for summer fairs, jumble sales and PTA catch-ups and are proud to call it their home.”

The land to be used for housing is actually the middle third of the Foxbridge allocation.

It shows housing to be clustered to the east of the road which will connect the new villages to the Commonhead Roundabout, with a woodland and play areas in the centre and allotments and country park situated to the east.

The company says it provides “a series of inter-connected and walkable residential areas around a new main route and destination open spaces, with scope to develop a range of characterful, traditionally influenced housing people will be proud to call home".

The New Eastern Village expansion programme could see up to 8,000 houses built in six different villages in a triangle of land stretching from South Marston, which will grow southward past the A420 toward the Commonhead Roundabout and Wanborough.

Swindon Borough Council has been granted planning permission to create the southern connector road running from the heart of the development to the M4, and is awaiting the outcome of a public inquiry conducted by a government-appointed inspector.

Two of the village developments have been so far approved – Redlands and employment land in the largest of all the areas, Great Stall. An application for Great Stall east is going through the planning process.

The Foxbridge south application is outline only. Details of design and precise layout will have to get approval later.