Homes in Wichelstowe will come with green energy thanks to new electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

The 3,000 homes being built by Swindon Borough Council and Barratt Developments will benefit with a partnership with Connected Kerb, a UK-based smart cities and EV charging specialist, to deliver the charging points.

Infrastructure for 130 EV charging points is currently being installed and an initial 20 active charging sockets are being set up in shared and visitor parking bays.

Councillor Gary Sumner, Swindon Borough Council’s cabinet member for strategic infrastructure, transport and planning, said: “We have worked hard to create a modern, vibrant community at Wichelstowe with stunning new homes and a district centre built beside the equally impressive restored Wilts and Berks canal.

“But we are equally keen, through our partnership with Barratt Developments, to ensure the development is sustainable and supports our ambition to make Swindon the greenest town on the M4 corridor.

“New cycle and bus links form an important part of the wider Wichelstowe development and this latest collaboration with Connected Kerb to install these new electric vehicle charging points is another significant step on our sustainable journey.”