Plans for 1,550 homes in Swindon have been approved – part of the New Eastern Villages where around 8,000 will eventually be built.

Capital Land Property Group’s outline proposals, which include a local centre with 1,000 sq m of flexible commercial space, a three-form primary school and a 10-form secondary school, were approved by Swindon Borough Council’s planning committee on August 25.

The scheme, known as Great Stall East, designed by MHP architects, will also include sports pitches and open space. The range of homes will include two, three, four and five bedroom properties.

Capital Land founder and chief executive Jeremy Francis said: “I am Swindon born and raised and my family roots here date back three generations.

“In fact, the whole Capital Land team has an emotional attachment to the town, so the news that we have secured planning permission after years of meticulous preparation is tremendously satisfying.

“Not only will we build some great homes for people to live in, our plans show that we will create a genuine village community, with all the local amenities you would expect in a thriving location and the kind of expansive green spaces families of all ages will appreciate.

“I take pride in all my projects, but being able to contribute to Swindon’s growing reputation as a residential and business hub is extra special.”

“Securing planning permission for Great Stall East is the result of several years of detailed technical and design work and it follows very constructive and collaborative meetings with Swindon Council, not to mention a public consultation.

“Involvement of local people in our decisions is key and I want to thank all those involved with the project for helping us achieve this major milestone.

“We are talking about an investment of over £400 million, so this is a really significant project for the town’s future.”

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