Old Town: An empty family house can be used to house young people needing care. Steven Howe of Swindon company ITA Partnership has been given approval to use 89 Okus Road as a home for up to four children, with no more than two adult carers.

The young people aged between 13 and 17 will need care because of learning disabilities, mental health or previous substance misuse in regard to drugs and alcohol, or might need housing because of an unsafe home environment. The home would be available to children in the care of Swindon Borough Council’s social services.

Rodbourne: The ink has just dried on the approval for a new tattoo parlour. Peter Webb, who runs Sinking the Ink in Royal Wootton Bassett has been given permission to change the shop at 201 Rodbourne, which was a nail parlour, into a tattooists.

Mr Webb told planners the new business would employ four full-time and one part-time staff and would add to the mix of businesses and shops in the area and add to its vitality.

Old Town: Beer-lovers could soon be sipping a pint in the shadow of the hop plants used to flavour their ale.

Tom Gee, who runs The Tap & Brew craft pub in Devizes Road, which sells beers made by Tom’s brewery Hop Kettle, has been given the go ahead to create a garden area at the pub, as well as parking for cars and bikes.

Mr Gee’s plan includes seating for 20 to 30 people, with a trellis with hops grown up it and beds to grow ingredients for some of his more experimental brews.

Tadpole Garden Village: A war memorial could be put up in Tadpole Garden Village, with the only point of contention being where to put it.

Peter Welsh, who lives in the development, has lodged an application to put up a monument of a metre-high boulder, with plaque on it bearing the famous words from For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon: “They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old, Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.”

The plan suggests it could be placed 10 metres off the path in the Stray park to the west of the village’s primary school.

One neighbour Dan Lane would like a different location found. He supports the proposal but wrote to planners: “The memorial needs to be in a position where all residents can enjoy it and not just those visiting the top end of the Stray.

The memorial could be placed in a position whereby it could be viewed from the road and pavement to ensure people of all abilities can view. This current position is, for some, too far out of the way.”

Mr Lane would like the question of position to be put to a vote of people in the village.

Extensions: Applications for extensions or conversions of lofts, outbuildings and garages have been approved for: 26 Tracy Close, Abbey Meads; 7 Ransome Close, Shaw; 25 Sharp Close, Shaw, 126 Perrys Lane, Wroughton; The Coach House, New Road, Chiseldon; 2 Queenborough, Toothill; 12 Kingshill Road; 32 Metis Close, Oakhurst, and 2 The Forty Bishopstone.

The application for extensions at 8 Hampton lane, Hampton, has been withdrawn and an application for an extension at 60 Tweed Close in Haydon Wick can not proceed under prior consent. Full planning permission must be sought.

Ferndale: An application by A Beaufort to convert a block of five garages into a two-bedroom house, which would have seen a second storey put on the block behind 2 Rayfield Grove has been refused.

Planners said the building 'would result in a prominent and over-dominant form of new development with unacceptable competitive appearance harmful to the character and appearance of the main dwelling and the general setting of this part of Rayfield Grove'.