Swindon’s former Debenhams department store is to become a storage hub for last-mile delivery and warehousing.

The change comes after Swindon Council planners gave an application by inner-city self-storage operator StoreAway the go-ahead. Planners heard that the 200,000 sq. ft former retail unit had been marketed continually since its closure in 2020, but that there had been no interest.

However, the planning application also made provision for four retail units at the ground floor “shop window” end of the building, facing the pedestrianised shopping precinct The Parade.