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 2018.
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.
Parish council for central and southern Swindon, including East Wichel but not the rest of Wichelstowe. Official name is ‘Central Swindon South Parish Council’ which everyone, including the parish council, think is unneccesarily complicated.
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.
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 and closed on 1 September 2018, citing lack of customer parking as a problem.
Wichelstowe Dental Care
Dental practice with three dentists and a hygienist and providing both NHS and private services. Expected to occupy the unit at the Trevello Road end of East Wichel’s shopping parade, Unit A Staldon Court. Opening date not yet set.
General store to be in the main unit in East Wichel’s shopping parade, Unit E Staldon Court. Opening date not yet set.
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 11 bus service through East Wichel. The buses run between Oakhurst and East Wichel via Haydon Wick, Pinehurst, Swindon town centre, Old Town and Pipers Way. From September 2013 until January 2017 they operated the Number 15 bus service to East Wichel.
Operators of the Number 9 bus service between Wroughton and Swindon town centre via Middle Wichel, East Wichel and Old Town. From April 2011 until September 2012, they ran the Number 73 bus service through 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.
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.
Most utilities in East Wichel are owned and operated by subsidiaries of BUUK Infrastructure (formerly Brookfield Utilities UK).
Gas and electricity can be bought from any suppliers willing to do business with BUUK Infrastructure 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 two BUUK Infrastructure subsidiaries and four other independent suppliers listed below.