Wichelstowe new-build project will create a whole new community, comprising 3 ‘villages’: East, Middle and West Wichel. The total site area is 3.1km2 with 125,000km2 separated for employment use. The remainder of the site will include 4,500 homes; 4 local centres; 4 schools; community facilities including an emergency services point; and public open space. Residential and infrastructure construction began in 2007, with over 700 houses already built in East Wichel. Employment land with direct access to the M4 is expected from 2020. The site is owned by Swindon Borough Council, and a joint venture with Barratt Developments is currently enabling the housing and site infrastructure. The flagship Waitrose store already open and trading.