Details of the layout and design of 188 more houses to be built at Wichelstowe have been revealed.

Developers David Wilson Homes and Barratt Homes are in a partnership with Swindon Borough Council to put up the new houses on the expansion site. The consortium already has planning permission to build the 188 horses on plot four of The Orchards part of the site – towards the tip of the roughly triangular plot.

That permission was in outline only – the consortium has now applied for approval of how the estate of 159 houses to be sold on the open market and 29 affordable homes will look and be set out.

The spade-shaped plot is bounded to the west and north by Scott Way – one of Wichelstowe’s main through roads – and to the east by a canal and an area of open space and woodland.

Running north through the estate is a road Orchard Link with secondary streets running off it at right angles. The application says: “Scott Way and Orchard Link bring together pedestrians, cyclists and vehicular users along attractive tree-lined routes with strong-built frontages.

“The homes will be set within a strong landscape making use of the existing surrounding landscape and introducing new elements such as orchards, allotments ponds and green streets.”

Artist’s impressions show most buildings will be two, two and a half or three storeys, faced in brick and relatively plan with steeply pitched roofs.

All three ward councillors for the area – Cathy and David Martyn and Brian Ford – were unhappy about the building of houses on part of the plot originally designated as the southern access route from Wichelstowe, which has been moved.

Coun Ford said: “We object to land being used for this development that was originally intended for a road. This road was to provide part of a southern bypass of Swindon. I might point out that the bypass was the main reason given by the inspector many years ago to allow the whole development to go ahead."

There will be 16 two-bed flats, six two-bed houses, 69 three-bed and 73 four-bed houses and five with five bedrooms. Affordable houses will be 23 two-bed and six three bed units arranged in three blocks

Although the number of affordable houses within the site does not meet the council’s 30 per cent target – having been revised down to 15 per cent after a viability study – planners are recommending members of the planning committee approve the application for work to begin.

The matter will have to be decided at an open meeting as the borough council is itself one of the applicants. No meeting has been scheduled yet.