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Decision expected on eco-homes

Kevin McCloud
Kevin McCloud is attending the planning meeting later on Tuesday

A television presenter hoping to build 42 eco-homes in Swindon said he is "on tenterhooks" as he waits to find out if he has planning permission.

Kevin McCloud, who presents Grand Designs on Channel 4, has proposed a sustainable housing site for the town.

Swindon Borough Council will decide later whether to allow the development to go ahead.

It will also discuss proposals from other organisations including plans for a new supermarket and a Hilton hotel.

Mr McCloud said: "I will be going to the planning meeting to find out whether or not we've got planning permission so I am on tenterhooks at the moment.

"We're at the point where we're doing a lot of design work but we're not fully committing until we know the result of the meeting."

Approval expected

Some people living close to the planned development at the rear of Northern Road have expressed concerns there would not be enough space for 42 houses.

One local woman, speaking earlier, said: "It's a development for young people who are going to have two or three cars and children.

"If it was for 20 or 25 houses then fine as there would be enough space."

The council is also expected to make decisions on two other controversial applications in the town.

One proposal is for a new Aldi supermarket between Drove Road and Plymouth Street.

The other application would see a 118-bed Hilton hotel on the site of the old laundry in Aylesbury Street between the railway and bus stations.

It is expected that the planning committee will recommend all three applications - the meeting takes place in Swindon at 1800 BST on Tuesday.



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