Planning Updates

This page will be updated regularly and will focus on the proposed residential housing scheme at Redlands. See below for the history of the scheme.

30 March 2018

Today Swindon Borough Council published it’s Planning Committee Agenda for 10th April 2018. Redlands is on the agenda. The Agenda and associated reports can be found here.

What does this mean?

The planning committee will discuss the planning application and vote to either grant or refuse planning permission. The decision will be made on the night. If planning is granted, it doesn’t mean the airfield is immediately closing! We will be open for business as usual!

The application being considered is an outline planning application. If it’s approved, it doesn’t give permission to immediately start building houses. There will be conditions attached, requiring further investigative work and reports and a detailed planning application will need to be submitted in the future.

It is difficult at this stage to confirm timescales. Once we know the result of the Planning Committee decision on 10th April we will post an update. However, we do know that if approval is given, we are certainly going to remain open this year


The land at Redlands Airfield and Redlands Farm has long been associated with Swindon Borough Council’s expansion plans to the East of Swindon. In about 1997 the site was included in a vision for a 12,000 house scheme in the Regional Spatial Strategy for the South West when it was known as the Eastern Development Area.

In 2011 our site was put forward for consideration in the next Local Plan being developed by the Council, in an area known as the New Eastern Villages (NEV) comprising about 8,000 new homes and 40 hectares of employment. When the prospect of inclusion became serious we made the decision to work with Barberry Group, a property and planning company.

In 2013 Redlands was included in SBC’s Local Plan 2026 Public Consultation. Redlands was allocated as one of eight new villages.

In 2014 The Local Plan was examined by an Independent Planning Inspector at a Public Inquiry. Following approval, the Local Plan was adopted by Swindon Borough Council in March 2015.

In December 2015 Barberry submitted a planning application.

Further detailed information about the New Eastern Villages can be found here.

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