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Town development plan scrapped

Drawing of proposed development
The developer went into administration in May

A £215m scheme to regenerate part of Swindon town centre is to be formally scrapped by planners.

The project for the Granville Street area had been mothballed since the developers went into administration earlier this year.

It would have seen new shops, restaurants, car parking and hotels, but it all came to nothing when the preferred developer Modus pulled out.

Swindon planners are to revoke all applications at a meeting later.

The scheme was meant to transform the area around Granville Street incorporating Regent Street, Commercial Road, Havelock Street and the Brunel Shopping Centre.

As it looks unlikely that any similar development will take place in the near future, Swindon planners are looking to officially scrap all the planning applications related to the scheme.

Modus Ventures ran into financial difficulties earlier this year and was taken over by administrators in May.

The news comes a day after Swindon beat 24 other UK towns to twin with Walt Disney World in Florida.

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