Wichelstowe to see more ‘diggers in the ground’ in the spring after Herons Water development given the thumbs up

Councillor Toby Elliott, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Sustainability

A further 85 new homes for Wichelstowe

Swindon’s Conservative-run Council has taken another step towards providing more new homes as planning permission has been granted for 85 new homes in the Canalside area of Wichelstowe. This will pave the way for the first residents to pick up their keys in late 2018.


Cllr Toby Elliott (Priory Vale), Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Sustainability, said: “I am delighted that planning permission has been granted and the next phase of housing development will shortly be underway in Wichelstowe.” 

New development to be called Herons Water

“When complete, Herons Water, as the development will be known, and Canalside as a whole will deliver waterfront living complemented by fantastic facilities on the doorstep such as a new District Centre, brand new secondary school and the recently approved flagship Hall & Woodhouse café, bar and restaurant.”


“This is typical of the type of development we want to encourage in Swindon and I am proud the houses are being delivered by a company owned by the Council, on our own land, where they will deliver much-needed revenue to help bridge a considerable gap in our budgets.”


Councillor Elliott explained that the development of 1, 2, 3 and 4-bed homes will offer both canal-side views and the use of semi-private landscaped squares in addition to their own private gardens. The properties will be offered for sale by the newly formed Wichelstowe Housing Company, a private company wholly owned by Swindon Borough Council.

Canal restored, Secondary School under construction

 Restoration of the canal which runs through the centre of the site is well underway and construction of the new homes will start in spring 2018.

This latest approval will bring the first residents to Canalside, where work is already underway on the new Deanery CE Academy secondary school and supporting infrastructure.