Members of Swindon Borough Council’s planning committee will meet tonight to consider three items.

Planning officers have brought back a report on the borough’s parking standards – guidelines on how many parking spaces should be provided for new developments or conversions.

When it was first considered in May, councillors asked for it to be looked at again. The key issues surrounded whether Old Town should be part of the central area where no parking is needed, and whether conversions of houses to HMOs should be made to include parking spaces.

The new policy does now mandate parking provision for HMOs but still includes Old Town as part of the central zone. This means new houses and offices would not need to come with parking spaces.

Another item is a house at Costow Farm Cottages in Wroughton, which has been built without planning permission.

Ward councillors are supporting the applicant’s bid to be given retrospective consent for the house on the site of a demolished office building despite officers saying consent should be withheld.

In Highworth, councillors have been asked to give consent to building a single detached house in the grounds of 17 Swindon Road. That application was called to the committee by local ward councillor Alan Bishop.

The meeting starts at 6pm and is available to view via a link on the meeting page on