Swindon Council’s planning committee has renewed Gaming International’s application for another five years to redevelop the stadium and the adjacent site for housing next to existing residential area on St Andrew’s Ridge.
The scheme is much the same as the last successful application in 2008 which did not proceed because of the recession. This will include office space and a youth training facility, provision for the existing covered market, 450 new houses and a new care home.
However overflow car parking on event days will no longer be available at the Groundwell Park and Ride site which is currently closed. Gaming International have agreed a five year lease of an unused field next to the Motorola building.
The new stadium being built at right angles to the current 60 year old facility and opened before the old site is demolished.
Abbey Meads councillor Vera Tomlinson, vice chair of the planning committee, welcomed Gaming International’s renewed interest in pursuing the project. “There was unanimous support from the committee who want to see a high quality stadium built. We look forward to seeing the detailed plans for the housing and care home.”
North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson said it was the decision was good news. “As the former councillor for the Abbey Meads ward I led the successful campaign to save Abbey Stadium. As part of this planning application it is essential that the long-term future of the stadium is locked into the process, in respects that the building of houses is conditional on the developers delivering the enhanced stadium.