South Swindon Parish Councillor and Eastcott Labour Candidate, Imtiyaz Shaikh and Eastcott Councillor, Paul Dixon, are asking residents living in and around Cricklade Street in Old Town to send in their views on a new application to redevelop the old Pope Brothers site, on 13 Cricklade Street.

 The planning application is proposing a comprehensive redevelopment of the old Pope Brothers site, including the demolition of the existing office, workshop and store, to be replaced by nine 2-bed flats and one 1-bed flat as well as the conversion and refurbishment of an existing building in to two 1-bed dwellings. The developer has proposed as part of their application to provide 1 dedicated car parking space for each new dwelling.

South Swindon Parish Councillor and Eastcott Labour Candidate, Imtiyaz Shaikh, said, “This is an interesting scheme that could redevelop a disused site and build some much needed housing. However residents will rightly be concerned about the local parking impact of this development. That area of Old Town already has huge demand for parking and although the developer has proposed one parking space per dwelling the worry is that won’t be enough.

Eastcott Councillor, Paul Dixon, and I would be interested to know residents views of this application and would encourage residents to take a look at the application on the Council’s planning portal. The application is currently out for public consultation so now is the opportunity to comment.”

For more information on this planning application visit www.swindon.gov.uk/publicaccess  and the reference number for this application is S/18/0447.

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