Swindon Planning Apps: Wichelstowe Public Art, Mobile Phone Mast & Skate Park

WICHELSTOWE: A spectacular tree of life, with the kind of wildlife found in and around the Wichelstowe Canal, may soon be installed in the new development.

As part of the expansion planning permit issued in 2013, the development company was asked to order a work of art to be installed at the roundabout built on Mill Lane.

He is the winner of the competition.


The development company told planners: “Sebastien Boyeson was the successful artist with his proposal for a ‘Tree of Life.’

“The main structure of the wood is formed of weather-resistant steel with flora and fauna formed of laser-cut stainless steel. It is proposed that the wood be illuminated by an internal light, either connected to the mains or powered by solar energy.

GREENBRIDGE: Signage at Greenbridge Retail Park is subject to change. The owner of the M&G property site has requested permission to change the signs and totems that direct visitors to the various parts of the site. Instead of the familiar green panels, the new totems would have a black background if the request was approved

DORCAN: Derby-based company Develop Training Ltd has applied for a change in the use of the empty half of Richmond House – used by the Swindon Advertiser – for the Edison Park shopping area in Dorcan.

The company wants to be able to use the offices for workshops and teaching rooms to train people to a large extent to work in the construction industry and similar professions.

Its app says: “Our gyms offer a wide range of training courses, including electrical and mechanical, water systems and legionella, enclosed spaces, downstream gas and gas distribution, water and environment, general health and safety., As well as tailor-made courses. For many industries, including asbestos training and safety courses for work at height.

COVINGHAM: Mobile communications provider WK Hutchison has applied for a legality certificate to install a 20m communications mast along Dorcan Road in Covingham.

The mast will support six antennas and two transmission bowls and will have four equipment cabinets at the bottom. The plan is to provide 5G coverage for the area and upgrade existing 3G coverage. and related construction work.

OLD TOWN: The listed buildings at 11 and 13 Wood Street can be extended to the rear. Deacon & Son’s jewelers and watchmakers, who use numbers 11-15 down the street, have been given permission to build more offices and workshops at the back of the property. Numbers 11 and 13 are indicated, but 15 are not.

WEST SWINDON: The ward council has been given permission to expand the skateboard and BMX park in the Riverside Industrial Estate.

The council told planners that the small expansion should allow “more users with a diversity of mobility to use a wheelbarrow”.

The opening hours of the park will not be changed, nor will the lighting.

EXTENSIONS: Applications have been made to build extensions to houses or to build or convert outbuildings and attics into habitable premises in: 2 Greenfields, South Marston; 135 Cheney Manor Road, Cheney Manor; 156 Ermin St, Stratton St Margaret; 117 Inglesham Road, Penhill; and 5 The News, Russley Park, Bishopstone.

Such applications have been approved for: 171 Grange Drive and 3 Frilford Drive, both in Stratton St. Margaret; 33 Birdcombe Road, Westlea; 40 The Knoll, Croft Road, Old Town; 6 Devereux Close, Grange Park; 34 Henley Drive Highworth and 15 Bell Vue Road in the Old Town.

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