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Groundwell park and ride to host electric vehicles for anonymous buyer

A former park and ride site on the northern edge of Swindon has been acquired by an anonymous buyer that wants to store electric vehicles on the site.

Swindon Borough Council says the sale of Groundwell Park and Ride is conditional on the buyer securing planning permission for the proposed development – which will include an electric charging hub and ancillary logistics.

The council said it was expecting an application to be submitted in the next four months.

“The buyer has asked to remain anonymous for now,” said the council, while confirming it had struck a deal with the same party for a two-year lease of the site “who will be utilising the site in the meantime.”

The site is currently being used by Amazon, which is been storing delivery vehicles overnight.

Last year the online retail giant announced it was buying 1,800 electric vans from Mercedes-Benz for its European delivery fleet.

The retailer is currently building a £400 million warehouse in the Gablecross area of Swindon – roughly a nine-minute drive from the former park and ride.

Councillor Keith Williams, cabinet member for climate change, finance and commercialisation, said: “The Groundwell Park and Ride site has been lying empty for a number of years so I am really pleased we have found a buyer and the land will be brought back into use.

“We can’t say too much more at this stage about its future use, but the planning application when submitted will provide details of this.

“As cabinet member for climate change, I’m obviously delighted the new development supports the council’s green agenda.”

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