Swindon & Wiltshire Business News

New options for former park and ride site laid out

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Groundwell Park and Ride

 

A long-mothballed park and ride on the edge of Swindon could be transformed into a housing or commercial development, or a mix of both.

The former Groundwell Park and Ride, located off Cricklade Road, has been closed for more than a decade.

The 1.7 hectare site, which is owned by Swindon Borough Council, is two miles from Swindon town centre adjacent to one of the gateways of the town from the A419.

This week a development brief was signed off by the council's planning committee. The authority hopes the guide will attract developers to the site.

The development brief offers four potential new uses for the site:

  • A residential space consisting of around 85 to 90 houses
  • Residential development and a care home
  • Commercial development, encompassing a proposed food store, self-storage, gym, trade counter, coffee drive thru and day nursery
  • An extension to the Groundwell Industrial Estate to the north

The development brief also identifies the option of the site reverting back to being a park and ride.

The site was last used as a park and ride in 2009 and was mothballed due to low levels of use.

Now the brief has been adopted by the planning committee, it will form a material consideration against which planning applications for the development of the Site will be assessed.

Councillor Gary Sumner, Swindon Borough Council’s cabinet member for strategic infrastructure, transport and planning, said: “I am delighted to see the planning committee approve the Development Brief for the former Groundwell Park and Ride site as we now have a much clearer picture of how it can be redeveloped.

“There is still a lot of work to do before we start to see anything happen on site but we are now in a better position to move forward, and I would like to thank members of the planning committee, and officers who have been involved in putting the brief together, for getting us to where we are.”

Councillor Russell Holland, Swindon Borough Council’s cabinet member for commercialisation, education and skills, said: "The Council has been focused on taking a commercial approach to the use of its assets in order to help generate funding for council services. This is a positive step forward."