Ideas for the district centre for Wichelstowe in South Swindon have been revealed and will be discussed at a public meeting on Wednesday 7 November, 6pm, at The Ridgeway School, Inverary Road, Wroughton.
They will also be on display at East Wichel Primary School on Thurday 8 November, 5pm, and can be seen online.
The centre will serve the three neighbourhoods that make up the Wichelstowe development which has outline planning consent for between 3800 and 4500 homes, 12.6ha of employment/commercial uses and other retail, mixed use and community uses.
Phase 1 of the development, East Wichel, is underway and being built. A strategic road has been constructed through the development, linking Croft Road to the east and Wootton Bassett Road to the north and providing access across the northern part of the site.
The next phase of development will be the District Centre in Middle Wichel covering some 3.5ha. Swindon Borough Council is in the process of developing a Development Framework and Design Codes for the centre to set the context for a planning application for the foodstore and any other District Centre developments.
Built on both sides of the recreated canal and a towpath pedestrian route that runs through Wichelstowe, the centre will contain residental apartments, commercial premises and a supermarket, widely thought to be a Waitrose.
Writing in the Wroughton Monthly Parish magazine,The People of Wroughton spokesperson Amanda Woodhead said: “The question of Waitrose in Wichelstowe is the worst kept secret in town. Our concerns are purely around where the supermarket will be sited, and what the impact will be on our village of increased traffic on Mill Lane and Wharf Road."
A Waitrose press officer denied there were any plans to build in the Swindon area, although he stressed that the supermarket would welcome the opportunity to open a branch in the town.
Top, houses at East Wichel; middle, the entrance to Waitrose in Cirencester; below, the location of the Wichelstowe District Centre