Nationwide’s new garden town project given green light

One of the first garden villages to be created in England in almost a century has been given the nod by planners. And it marks a return to its origins for the Nationwide Building Society.

The Swindon-based building society, the UK’s biggest, has teamed up with Igloo Regeneration to build 239 homes on the outskirts of the Wiltshire town.

Creating a community

The project will be a not-for-profit one with the homes available for local people and for those who work for Nationwide. A third of the properties (30 percent) will be allocated as affordable housing.

Local councillors have given the project the go-ahead and the first homes should be available by spring 2021.

The Nationwide aims to create a “supportive community” a century after the building society supported the creation of England’s first garden city at Letchworth in Hertfordshire.

The homes are being built on the Oakfield campus site, near Swindon.