New homes snapshot – the nation’s housebuilders focus on expanding Swindon

Posted 10 March 2016 by Keith Osborne

Swindon has been expanding far quicker than the national average and this seems set to continue with the wealth of new homes planned and being built...

With a population predicted to increase by over 35% by 2026, the need for new homes in Swindon to meet demand is particularly strong. The good news for house-hunters there is that a large number of significant schemes are well under way across the town.

Many of the best-known new homes brands – nationally recognised housebuilders such as Taylor Wimpey, Barratt and Persimmon – are working alongside large and small competitors to build a huge range of property across a range of sites. Some of the developments are re-purposing neglected brownfield sites, while others are more substantial schemes which will be providing whole new neighbourhoods to the Wiltshire town.

Tadpole Garden VillageSwindon’s geographical location has long been its major selling point. It was the meeting point of two Roman roads and served as a major engineering town in the Victorian age as Isambard Kingdom Brunel constructed the Great Western Railway. Its current rail links and location just off the M4 make it strategically important and it is home to a number of major employers, such as Honda and Nokia.

There was an 18% increase in the housing stock in Swindon between 2001 and 2011, twice the average national increase and equating to around 1,200 new homes a year, of which around a quarter were ‘affordable homes’. Some 25,000 new homes have been designated for construction in the 20 years to 2026.

The major projects taking place right now are Tadpole Garden Village in the north of the town, and Wichelstowe to the south, with proposals for 1,700 and 4,500 new homes respectively. Each has a number of different housebuilders working on new homes, ensuring a variety of styles and house types to meet the demands of all sorts of homebuyers.

In both cases, the residential units are being complemented by brand new amenities, such as recreational spaces and shops, as well as employment opportunities for the local community.

New homes for sale in Swindon and the surrounding area: 

David Wilson Homes is one of the developers at Tadpole Garden Village, which is expanding the village of Blunsdon in the north of Swindon, with its current range of homes starting at £325,000.

Blunsdon MeadAt Blunsdon Mead, Barratt is providing two-, three- and four-bedroom homes as part of the same expansion of the town. The current availability starts at £253,995, and there are three show homes to view.

Crest Nicholson is also offering a wide array of property at the site, with its Tadpole Gate development, though its first phase is concentrating on a mix of four- and five-bedroom homes priced from £550,000. As with the other housebuilders at the site, Help to Buy is offered to bring down the up-front price of homes under £600,000.

Redrow is building a wide range of properties, from apartments to large family homes, at Badbury Park in Coate, in the south-east corner of the town. These homes are close to The Great Western Hospital and moments away from the M4.

Persimmon Homes is working nearby at its Badbury Park development, benefitting from its proximity to Coate Water Country Park. A five-bedroom home is available from £384,995, with local schooling providing further appeal to family buyers, and a Part Exchange deal can make the deal a smooth one for those with a home to sell.

In the west of town, close to Mouldon Hill Country Park, Taylor Wimpey is taking reservations for a range of family homes at Greenfields at Ridgeway Farm, many of which will be ready to move into this summer. Prices start at £243,000 and depending on the build stage, there are a number of options for buyers to personalise their home.

Wainhomes is close by and will soon be offering the next phase of apartments and houses with one to four bedrooms at Mouldon View. Buyers can expect to find a choice of properties designed with the local architectural vernacular in mind. Prices to be confirmed.

Closer to the centre of Swindon is Liberty Park, where Bellway has just opened two new show homes on a former school site. With two-bedroom homes starting at £185,000, there’s something to appeal to first-time buyers and families alike.

Places for People is soon to unveil the next phase of homes at Marlborough Park, on the edge of Swindon’s Old Town, where 600 new homes will eventually be built.

Taylor Wimpey is the main developer at East Wichel, where the first part of the Wichelstowe village is well under way. Housebuilders Barratt, David Wilson Homes and Bloor Homes are all contributing new homes to this very large project.



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