The 'New Eastern Villages' is a planned explansion of some 8,000 homes and community facilities between Wanborough and South Marston - more details here:

Wanborough Road - how will it change next year?

Southern Connector Road - construction starts March 2021:

A new road known as the Southern Connector Road (SCR) will provide a link between the New Eastern Villages (NEV) and Commonhead roundabout, near the Great Western Hospital.

The two-way single carriageway will be 1.5 miles long and design options have been assessed and put out to public consultation. The design has been informed by traffic modelling which indicates a road of this size will be sufficient to cater for demand generated by the full NEV development. A dual carriageway is not viable as there are the physical constraints of archaeology and utilities in the area.

This scheme was awarded £19m from the Housing Infrastructure Fund in November 2019. The scheme also has agreement in principle for £11.6m from the Local Growth Fund (LGF) and Department for Transport (DfT). This scheme is totally funded and will not require any additional borrowing for the council.

A planning application, accompanied by an Environmental Impact Assessment, was approved by Planning Committee in December 2019.

Southern Connector Road considerations

To prevent rat-running, the proposed signalised junction with Wanborough Road will be designed to prevent southbound traffic on the SCR turning left towards Wanborough. It will also prevent traffic from Wanborough turning right onto the SCR. The need for traffic calming in surrounding villages will continue to be assessed as development proposals come forward.

The road will be designed to avoid known areas of high archaeological interest. Measures will also be put in place to safeguard wildlife, particularly endangered species. As part of the road crosses a flood zone, drainage is an important element of the design. The Environment Agency is a key partner helping us develop flood mitigation measures.

We considered making the SCR a dual carriageway, also adding a bus lane, but this was not feasible due to financial and archaeology constraints.

Most of the road will be built on privately-owned land and negotiations with landowners to acquire are completed and compulsory purchase approved.

The work started in March 2021 and is due to be completed in Summer 2022.

How will the junction with Wanborough Road & SCR work?


At Wanborough Road - a new signalised crossroad junction.  Traffic movements at this junction are restricted, as follows:


• From north-east (proposed Lotmead village, NEV): Straight ahead towards Commonhead only.


• From the south-east (Wanborough Road, Wanborough): Straight ahead to Covingham, and left turn onto the SCR only.


• From south-west (proposed Foxbridge village and Commonhead): Straight ahead towards proposed Lotmead Village, and right hand turn towards Wanborough only.


• From north-west (Wanborough Road, Covingham): Straight ahead towards Wanborough only.


Some images of the planned 'SCR - Southern Connector Road' which will take traffic from the NEV directly to the Commonhead Roundabout.

We now have a new planning proposal in the New Eastern Villages just behind Wanborough House on Wanborough Road, forming another block of some 380 homes.


At this stage all we have is an 'Environmental Impact Scoping Opinon' request, but worrryingly this refers to potential road access to the Wanborough Road.


This would not be acceptable to me as this would lead to more 'rat running' at a time when we are looking at detailed proposals to reduce traffic via Wanborough.


I will update you as we establish the detail. The site is referred to as 'Green Land'....


Symmetry Park


New Eastern Villages: BOTH APPROVED JUNE 2020


Two hugely important applications came to Planning Committee on the 9th June 2020.


At Symmetry Park the application was for a B8 Employment use building, which at some 2.3m sq.ft will bring significant new employment (up to 1500 jobs) to the area.


The site is already allocated in the NEV Master-plan for employment, so is not controversial and contributes towards the £72m of highways improvements currently under way in the immediate area including White Hart Junction, Gable Cross, Southern Connector Road etc.


Contributions also include over £600,000 to the Great Western Community Forest.


The other major planning application is for 2,500 homes at Lotmead, Wanborough. This includes a large Sports Hub, Village Centre, two primary schools as well as connections to the adjoining development parcels. Lotmead is also an allocated site within the planned 'New Eastern Villages' of 8,000 homes and the applicants have worked closely with planners and members to address previous concerns.


Measures have been agreed to assist with traffic calming in Wanborough and the design of the junction between the main access (the new Southern Connector Road) and Wanborough Road is designed to prevent 'rat running'.


Both of these are further milestones in seeing the long planned development come to fruition.


Gary Sumner
Your Ridgeway Ward Councillor.


Lotmead Village



Residents will be receiving these letters regarding the development of the Northern part of the Foxbridge site as part of the ‘New Eastern Villages and due to the current situation there are no plans for a Public Exhibition.

Whilst we have accepted the principle of the ‘New Eastern Villages and the benefits which the Southern Connector Road will bring, the problem with the current applications / consultation documents at Foxbridge is that neither addresses the policy requirement for a Primary School.

We do not want to see the education provision at Foxbridge delivered at Redlands as this would encourage unwelcome car journeys against the ‘Measures to Minimise Rat running’ policy and the delivery of the Southern Connector Road which are designed to stop those journeys through the village of Wanborough and beyond.

Whilst this is not yet a planning application, it is nonetheless helpful if residents views can reflect these concerns.

The new community of Foxbridge (about the same size as Wanborough) should deliver a Primary school as both a policy requirement but also in terms of place-making. If this is not delivered then they will have built an isolated housing estate with no heart and car journeys will be encouraged/necessary.

We all have other worries, but when you have time please let Danescroft know what you think?

Thank you,

Gary Sumner
Your Ridgeway Ward Councillor.



The New Eastern Villages (NEV) is one of the largest greenfield developments in the country. 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.

In order to allow the development to progress, a number of highways improvement schemes are due to take place.



Cllr Gary Sumner

Ridgeway Ward



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