Swindon town regeneration scheme gets go ahead

Artist's impression of Union Square
Image caption The development will include apartments, a multi-storey car park, shops and a bus station.

Plans to regenerate Swindon town centre have moved a step closer after the council granted outline permission for the first phase of a £330m development.

The Union Square scheme will include residential apartments, a multi-storey car park, a bus station, medical centre, shops and restaurants.

The project is to be situated between Swindon railway station and The Parade.

Chris Hitchings of regeneration company Forward Swindon said the planning permission was "a very important step".

A planning application for the first phase of development on the former police station site off Fleming Way will now be submitted to Swindon Borough Council.

Developers Muse want to begin building work in April 2012.

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