A 400-acre rural estate in Swindon with outline planning permission for a new village of 2,500 dwellings is being brought to market.

Lotmead Farm lies within the designated New Eastern Villages (NEV) area and is being offered for sale by Ainscough Strategic Land on behalf of the landowner, the Parry Family Trust, with Avison Young appointed to lead the search for potential developers.

Situated to the eastern edge of Swindon, with views to the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, offers are invited for the whole site for 2,500 dwellings, and also the first phase of development, which includes 289 dwellings.

Lotmead Farm was established in the 1950s as a traditional dairy farm but has since diversified with a pick-your-own facility and a business village providing small office/studio units in a courtyard development. The pick-your-own will continue to operate and evolve around the new proposals helping frame the new village centre.

Gordon Isgrove, principal at real estate adviser Avison Young, said: “With a strong identity and brand, Lotmead Farm offers the opportunity to deliver a new, high quality, stand-alone village, in keeping with the setting of the surrounding countryside.

“We are anticipating strong interest in this development opportunity for the whole scheme of 2,500 dwellings and the first parcel of 36 acres comprising 289 dwellings and the first new primary school.”

Phase one of Lotmead Village will join the new Southern Connector Road (currently under construction) from the east, with J15 of the M4 close by. Direct trains are also availble to London from Swindon Station.