The area of Wichelstowe will comprise of three distinct but joined communities. Development in East Wichel started in 2008 and is now almost complete. Work is now underway at Canalside which will include the District Centre and the first houses in the central area of the site. The third area, West Wichel will then be developed, with a total of around 4000 new houses in Wichelstowe as a whole.
A detailed planning application for 85 new homes in the Canalside area of Wichelstowe has been submitted by architects on behalf of Swindon Borough Council. The choice of 1, 2, 3 and 4 bed homes for sale will be located to the north of the existing Waitrose store and be situated along both banks of the canal.
Subject to planning permission being granted, construction will start early next year and the first residents should move in during Autumn 2018. Site preparation will commence this month with advanced works to improve the canal.
Construction on the Deanery C of E Academy has now started! The school will open in September 2019 for year 7 pupils only and will gradually increase its numbers each year as a new year 7 group is added. When the school is fully open there will be around 1400 students including approximately 400 sixth form students. The school will be run by the Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust and will include a Sport England standard multi-use games area as well as an all-weather pitch designed to Sport England hockey standards. An impressive theatre space also provides enhanced performing arts facilities.
The site was blessed by the Bishop of Swindon in September.