Chronology

Year

Event

1993

Review of the Wiltshire Structure Plan – including proposals for future expansion in Swindon

1995

First proposals for the site were put forward for consideration by Wiltshire County Council as structure planning authority

1996

First public proposal for the site considered as a comprehensive development to help meet Swindon’s housing needs up to 2011

1997

Examination in Public (EiP), at which the proposals were open for public consideration and debate

1998

Swindon Development Appraisal Study concludes that Wichelstowe is the most appropriate and sustainable location to meet the town’s future growth requirements up to 2011. This decision was endorsed by an extensive public consultation exercise that looked at alternative sites in the Borough

1999

Second EiP took place in November

2000

Independent Panel recommended that Wichelstowe should be the next strategic growth site at Swindon. Swindon Borough Council and Wiltshire County Council accepted the Panel’s recommendation and resolved to adopt the Structure Plan, including the proposals for Wichelstowe

2001

Front Garden Action Group (FRAG) and Bloor Homes launched an unsuccessful High Court Challenge against the Structure Plan and the green light was effectively given for Wichelstowe to go ahead

2002

An extensive programme of public consultation was undertaken on the proposals by Taylor Woodrow and an outline planning application submitted

2003

An amended planning application was submitted following amendments made as a result of the public consultation

2004

Swindon Borough Council resolved to grant planning permission on 24 January. In June the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister announced that there was no need for a public inquiry, which cleared the way for planning permission to be granted

2005

Public consultation was undertaken on the first stage of the Design Codes for the site and Outline Planning Consent was granted in May

2006

Infrastructure works commenced on site

2007

Book 1 (Overall Wichelstowe Code) and Book 2 (East Wichel) Design Codes Approved

2007

Contract 1 – Croft Road junction completed

2008

Construction of first homes began

2008

Contract 2/3 – Redposts Drive to Mill Lane Distributor Road completed

2009

First home occupations

2010

Building work commenced on East Wichel Community Primary School

2011

East Wichel Community Primary School opened

2013

Waitrose supermarket work commenced

2013

Joint Venture selection process commenced

2014

Revised Masterplan (LUMP2) approved

2014

Waitrose supermarket opens to the public

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