Town Centre: More flats might be added to the conversion of a former bank building in Commercial Road.

Ian Taylor Properties has applied for permission to create two flats on the ground floor and another on the first floor.

An application to convert the building into seven flats has already been approved.

Old Town: A landlord’s bid to create houses of multiple occupation or apartments continues apace.

Scott Kirby already lets the five apartments in 76 Bath Road. And was given approval recently to convert number 74 next door into a nine-bedroom HMO.

He now has been given approval to convert the six-bedroom family home in 78 Bath Road into an eight-bed HMO capable of housing nine people and will be able to extend both numbers 78 and 76 to add two studio apartments. The five flats in 76 will be kept unchanged.

Sparcells: The toddlers’ playground in Sparcells open space off Sparcells Drive could be moved to avoid waterlogging.

Swindon Borough Council’s wholly-owned Swindon Housing Company installed the playpark in 2019 as part of its contribution after getting permission to build houses in the area.

But the park has suffered from flooding and waterlogging preventing its use at times. The company has now applied to move the installation to higher ground a few yards away at the edge of the space abutting Sparcells Drive.

If approved the new park will have four swings, two with flat seats and two with cradle seats, a spinning dish roundabout, a spring ladybird, two benches and a toddler unit.

Wichelstowe: A large family house in Trecastle Road could be converted into a small residential care unit. Safe as Houses Property has applied for the change of use permission for number 8, which would be used to house no more than six people and accommodate support staff.

The application says there would be minor internal changes to the property only.

Two neighbours have written to the council expressing worries about parking arrangements for staff turnover, as no on-street parking is allowed.

Old Town: Prior approval for the change of use of an empty office block into flats has been granted.

Segrue Investments Ltd already has approval for the conversion of Paxton House, just off Victoria Road, into 24 flats – this latest application is one of the last hurdles before work can begin.

The conversion will see three floors house three two-bedroom flats, 10 single bed flats and 11 studio flats.

Highworth: Fourteen hedgerows along the roadside and in fields could be cut down if Thames Water’s application to remove the greenery along the route of its pipe between Faringdon and Blunsdon in approved. The hedges are between the A361 Lechlade Road and Queen’s Road in Hannington.

Even Swindon: Thames Water has asked Swindon Borough Council whether it must provide an environmental impact assessment as part of a yet-to-be submitted proposal to upgrade facilities and plant at its Barnfield Road sewage treatment plant.

Extensions: Applications have been submitted to build extensions or outbuildings or to convert outbuildings and lofts into habitable rooms at 11 Capitol Close, Stratton St Margaret; 25 Sutton Road, Eldene; 21 Goddard Avenue, Old Town; 30 Haywain Close, Groundwell; 4 Bampton Grove, Old Walcot and 69 Oxford Road, Stratton St Margaret.

Such applications have been approved for 77 Eastbury Way, Redhouse; 7 Caversham Close, Old Walcot; 16 Olivier Road, Abbey meads; 56 Cranborne Chase, Taw Hill; Bridleway House, Pond Street, Haydon Wick, 144 Pinehurst Road, Pinehurst and 214 Marlborough Road, Broome Manor.