Information about East Wichel

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.

Local Information
This site
East Wichel news
News for East Wichel, that’s not covered elsewhere. East Wichel News does not replicate announcements from the groups listed below.
Map of East Wichel
A map of East Wichel, updated by volunteer surveyors.
Parking restrictions in East Wichel
Details of the restricted parking zone in East Wichel.
East Wichel buses
Bus services serving East Wichel.
East Wichel parkland
The canal, lakes and green spaces of East Wichel.
East Wichel news on social media
East Wichel News stories are headlined both in East Wichel on twitter and on the East Wichel News page on Facebook
Community & Municipal
The StoweAway
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.
Official website for Wichelstowe, run by the housing developers and Swindon Borough Council.
Swindon Borough Council
Unitary council for Swindon. Until the roads are adopted, services relating to streets (road maintenance, lighting, roadsweeping) are provided by Taylor Wimpey rather than the council.
East Wichel Neighbourhood Partnership
East Wichel Community Group. A partnership of Swindon Borough Council, Sovereign Homes and The StoweAway. Replaced by East Wichel Community Association when that was formally constituted in 2012.
East Wichel Primary School
East Wichel Community Primary School. Opened in temporary buildings at Croft in Old Town for reception year children only, but moved to its new building in East Wichel from September 2011.
Wichelstowe Joint Venture
Swindon Borough Council site targeted at potential development partners for the rest of Wichelstowe. Interesting for the aerial photographs on the homepage.
The Bayberry
Public house / restaurant that opened on 28 May 2012, run by Marston’s Taverns.
Jessica’s Hair & Beauty
Hair (unisex) and nail salon that opened on 9 November 2013 in Trevello Road.
Housing developers
Taylor Wimpey
The main housing developer at East Wichel.
Other commercial housing developers at East Wichel:
Barratt Homes
David Wilson Homes
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.
Bloor Homes
Bloor Homes completed development and closed their sales office in November 2011.
Persimmon opened their sales office in the summer of 2012 and completed sales in November 2013.
Sovereign Housing
Affordable housing provider in East Wichel.
Public transport
Thamesdown Transport
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.
Stagecoach Swindon
Operators of bus services along Croft Road between Swindon town centre and Wroughton. Until September 2012, they ran the Number 73 bus service to East Wichel.
Full details of the ownership of the utility networks under the streets of East Wichel are on our utilities in East Wichel page.
Thames Water
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.
Suppliers of telephone & broadband services over East Wichel’s optic fibre network. From 15 July 2014 this is a trading name of Independent Fibre Retail Limited, a Brookfield Utilities UK company.
Independent Fibre Networks Limited (IFNL)
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.

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