Old Town: The owner of popular Indian restaurant Biplob in Wood Street wants to knock down a disused building at the rear of his property and build new accommodation for staff and a food preparation and storage area to support its takeaway arm. Rokib Ali wants to allow that part of the business to thrive as the main restaurant was first closed down for lockdown and now can hold fewer customers because of the need for social distancing.

He says the existing building supports the dine-in restaurant but the pandemic has seen a growth in demand for takeaway food.

Town centre: A plan put forward by developer Nick Chawala to convert the offices at 145-147 Faringdon Road  have been refused. He wanted to turn it back into a five-bedroom house and to build two flats in the back garden. They would have fronted on to Cambria Place, with a tunnel between the two flats to allow access to parking.

But planners said: “The conversion can’t accommodate five bedrooms without two of them being unacceptably small and Flat 2 does not meet national space standards. 

"Adding dwellings into the rear area of Faringdon Road is out of place and harms the character of the area. Squeezing dwellings into the garden area harms Cambria Place residents.”

Town centre: Customers of a mobility aids business who might not be able to manoeuvre their personal vehicles inside high street coffee shops will be able to meet and chat for a coffee.

The application by Pam Webb of Voluntary Action Swindon to place a mobile coffee bar and chairs and tables on open ground near the Shopmobility unit  in Sanford Street has been approved.

Ms Webb’s application said  profits from the coffee unit will go towards sustaining the Swindon Shopmobility service, which will lose its grant from Swindon Borough Council in December 2021.

Wroughton: A strip of green land running alongside Swindon Road in Wroughton could be turned into five houses. Developer J Patterson wants to use the land, which is directly south of Berkeley Farm House, for five identical four-bedroom detached houses, all with an attached garage.

Extensions: Applications have been submitted to build extensions to houses or to build or convert outhouses and lofts at: 124 Wheeler Avenue, Stratton St Margaret; 3 Ray Close, Haydon Wick; 44 Trenchard Road, Stanton Fitzwarren; 1 March Farm Cottages, Shrivenham Road; 16 Corby Avenue, Lakeside; 131 Bourne Road, Moredon; 57 The Mall, Old Town; 13 Tenby Close, Lawn; 74 Cricklade Road, Gorse Hill; Cherry Orchard House, Chapel Lane, Wanborough; 4 Taylor Crescent, Kingsdown; 33 Mulcaster Avenue, Grange Park; 31 Oxford Road, Stratton St Margaret; 13 Swallowfield  Avenue, Old Walcot; 15 Rowan Road, Rodbourne; Corbiere, Hampton Lane, Hampton; 77 Tismeads Crescent, Old Town; 31 Windsor Road, Lawn; 127 Clifton Street, Kingshill; 96 County Road; 27 Chickerell Road, Park North.