Councillors are due to discuss a masterplan which could help deliver up to 1,100 homes in Swindon.

Swindon Borough Council’s cabinet will debate the plans to allow development of land close to Marlowe Avenue and Greenbridge Road at its March 13 meeting.

The site, which includes Greenbridge Industrial Estate, the ‘Green Corridor’ area centred around Swindon Rugby Club and an area of social housing just off Marlowe Avenue, has been identified in the draft Swindon Local Plan as a neighbourhood renewal area.

Between 400 and 450 of the properties are likely to be affordable, making it the largest modern affordable housing scheme brought forward by the council, which is seeking funding from Homes England.

A mixed-use neighbourhood is likely, along with improvements to Greenbridge Road.

The area around the rugby club and the Nythe Community Allotments would also be transformed and the rugby facilities upgraded. The allotments would also be extended.

The Green Corridor would provide quality public open space and a winding path for dog walkers and joggers, natural play features for children, habitat creation for wildlife and sports pitches for local teams.

The Marlowe Avenue neighbourhood would see the existing housing improved.

Cllr Janine Howarth, Swindon Borough Council’s cabinet member for housing, said: “I’m really pleased we are bringing this masterplan forward for approval as it will clearly set out what kind of development we want to see in this particular area. This includes hundreds of new affordable homes for Swindon residents and safeguarding the future of the rugby club.

“I’m delighted the local community has fed into the masterplan because it is really important they have a chance to shape what kind of facilities are provided as development comes forward.

“The masterplan supports all three of our missions to build a better Swindon, reduce inequality and achieve net zero so I look forward to bringing it before my cabinet colleagues for approval.”

If approved, masterplan and design guide would become a material consideration in a future planning application.

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