The views of potential homebuyers have led a developer to reduce the number of houses it wants to build on a new estate in construction near Swindon.

Developer Backhouse (Highworth) Ltd already has permission to build up to 70 houses as the first part of the Redlands Park development south of Highworth between Swindon Road and Shrivenham Road.

It has also been given outline planning permission to build another 44 houses as part of phase two and the details of the design and layout of those homes from a current, as yet undecided planning application lodged with the borough council.

Now the developers have put in a new application for a row of houses at the very southern-most part of the phase one development, backing onto the land belonging to Redlands Court.

The row of eight houses originally planned has been reduced to seven, after potential customers appear to have indicated concerns.

Backhouses’ application says: “The application proposal seeks permission for replacing the eight approved plots with a scheme of seven. houses.

“The revised design has been influenced by customer feedback from viewings of the early completed phase, and also a need to move the housing further way from a pumping station.”