Reserved Matters Approval granted for first New Eastern Village, Redlands in Swindon

8th January 2024

Working alongside Harris Lamb, McBains and PJS Consulting Engineers, we are pleased to share that we have obtained approval of Reserved Matters for the first Eastern Village ‘Redlands’ in Swindon, on behalf of Vistry and Bellway.

The New Eastern Village (NEV) is one of the largest greenfield developments in the country. In its entirety, it will consist of 8,000 homes, new schools, employment spaces and community and leisure facilities.

It will be located to the east of the A419 and is estimated to span 724 hectares, with its eastern boundary reaching the point at which the River Cole meets the A420.

Key cycling and pedestrian routes will be incorporated in the development and there will be plenty of green spaces, including a nature reserve, playing fields and allotments.

The district centre and new secondary school will be particularly important in establishing a sense of place and reducing pressures on existing facilities in Swindon. A GP surgery will also be built along with a library and numerous other community facilities.

The Redlands NEV will deliver 370 new homes with 5ha of public open space including multiple play areas, which will be delivered by Bellway and Vistry and a primary school. The design of the scheme was brought forward by the design team comprising IDP (Landscape), McBains (Masterplannng) PJS (Engineering) and Harris Lamb (Planning).

The last piece of the Redlands NEV development received Reserved Matters Approval in December 2023. This was the village square which will lie at the core of the development. IDP’s landscape architect working on the project, Enda Coughlan, said: “The village square has a multifunctional role as a focus of the local community, an entrance to the school, and setting for local businesses as well as providing a green east-west link across the site which gives easy access to the wider footpath network”.