Information for residents and prospective residents of East Wichel
East Wichel, built on the site of Westlecott Farm, is the first part of the Wichelstowe housing development to the south of Swindon.
When complete East Wichel will have over 800 houses and flats plus a school, a few shops and offices and a pub.
By September 2011, over 400 homes were occupied. Marston’s Taverns opened a pub-restaurant in May 2012.
The community centre opened in July 2013. The local shopping area is now not expected to open until 2017.
A feature of the development is that restrictions — the ‘Wichelstowe Design Code’ — imposed by the planning authority require most houses to have a different external appearance: no more than two houses in a row look identical.
The restrictions also require most houses to be behind a small railed front garden, whilst each parcel of housing must contain some larger houses, some cottage-style houses, and a barn-style apartment building.
A couple of other restrictions are that external TV aerials and satellite dishes are not permitted — so the whole estate is linked by fibre‑optic cable —
and, from October 2016, street parking will be forbidden in most places.
The design code for the remainder of Wichelstowe is expected to be very different, allowing a wider range of building styles and materials.
East Wichel Community Association. Existed as an informal group from 2009, until formally constituted as a charity in 2012. The group also has a group on Facebook. Meetings are held roughly once every three months. Details of how to book the community centre are available on their website.
Barratt and David Wilson are both trading names of one company, BDW Trading. Barratt Homes completed development and closed their sales office in November 2013. David Wilson Homes completed development and closed their sales office in May 2013.
Operators of the Number 15 bus service to East Wichel. The buses run between Haydon Wick and East Wichel via Oakhurst, Wood Hall, Swindon town centre, Old Town and Pipers Way. Previously operated the Number 11 bus service to East Wichel.
Owner, operator and supplier of mains water and sewers in East Wichel. Homes in East Wichel are eligible for a rebate, as surface water drains into the canal and drainage ponds, not into the water company’s sewer. You will need to apply for the rebate: Thames Water do not give it automatically.
Brookfield Utilities UK
Most utilities in East Wichel are owned and operated by subsidiaries of Brookfield Utilities UK.
Gas and electricity can be bought from any suppliers willing to do business with Brookfield Utilities subsidiary Gas Transportation Company (GTC): this is all the ‘big six’ utility companies but not all smaller suppliers. For the moment, telephone, broadband and cable TV and radio can only be bought through the Brookfield subsidiaries listed below or Direct Save Telecom.
Owners of the optic fibre network in East Wichel and since December 2015 suppliers of radio & television services over the network. A Brookfield Utilities UK company.
Other telephone and broadband suppliers
Other companies offering telephone and internet services over the IFNL fibre optic network in East Wichel are Direct Save Telecom, a trading name of Utilities UK Ltd, Love Your Broadband, a trading name of London-based Love Digital TV Ltd, and Vfast, a part of Canterbury-based Orbital Internet Group.