A planning application to redevelop the former Honda site in South Marston has been submitted by its new owner, Panattoni.
The company, which is Europe’s largest developer of new build industrial and logistics facilities, seeks permission to:
Create a logistics and manufacturing centre
Develop the 145-hectare site for a range of employment uses, including light industrial, storage and distribution and general industrial and manufacturing uses
Create a new public park which would provide cycle and pedestrian routes linking existing points in the west with South Marston in the east.
It is estimated that about 7,000 direct new jobs will be created on site over the next 10 years. Ahead of submitting the application, Panattoni consulted on initial proposals for the site, available at www.panattoniswindon.co.uk
Councillor Gary Sumner, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Strategic Infrastructure, Transport and Planning, said, “I welcome the submission of this first planning application by Panattoni and the scale and ambition of these plans which, subject to the planning process and the Planning Committee granting permission, would transform the former Honda site generating thousands of new jobs.
“Panattoni already has a track record in Swindon, delivering the 2.3m sq ft logistics centre at Symmetry Park for Amazon.”
Leader of the Council, Councillor David Renard, added, “It’s great to see this planning application come forward that would generate significant economic benefits to Swindon.
“During the first consultation process it was estimated that the £700m investment to redevelop the site could bring £1.4bn worth of economic value to the town through the value of goods and services. I would encourage residents to review the plans and have their say.”
Panattoni agreed to acquire the site from Honda in August last year. The Japanese car manufacturer originally purchased it in 1985.
The application is now subject to public consultation. For more details and to comment on the plans visit pa1.swindon.gov.uk/publicaccess/ and search for reference S/22/0284.
Pictured: (top of page) A design of the new plans for the in site in South Marston