The unique atmosphere and features of different types of gardens could be the blueprint for creating the overall look and feel for the next stage of the Wichelstowe development.
Two design consultancies, one of which is currently delivering the Olympic Park in London, have created a proposal for the remainder of the development to have four separate areas – the market garden, formal garden, natural garden and water garden.
Each area will have a distinct and unique character, with the natural environment blended with the buildings and homes.
The council is now looking for public views about the draft designs, and has arranged three exhibitions taking place at:
Wroughton Library on Monday 12th March between 2.30pm and 7pm;
East Wichel Primary School on Wednesday 14th March, between 3.45pm and 7.30pm;
Old Town Arts Centre, on Thursday 15th March between 12noon and 7.30pm.
The new codes will also be on the agenda of the council’s South locality residents’ meeting on Tuesday 20th March at Ridgeway School.
Design codes are necessary to co-ordinate the schemes that will be built by various developers across the remaining West and Middle Wichel areas, and control the quality of the building work. The area currently under development at Wichelstowe is East Wichel.
The feedback from the exhibitions will be used to refine the codes before they are submitted for planning approval.
Cllr Peter Greenhalgh, Swindon Borough Council cabinet member for Sustainability, Strategic Planning and transport, said: “The original name for the Wichelstowe area was the Front Garden, so the suggested new design codes are highly appropriate.
“The ideas fit completely with our ambition to make Wichelstowe a nationally-recognised quality development which will be a really pleasant place to live. The consultation events are very important and we hope that as many people as possible come along and give their views.”