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Wiltshire Council’s Conservative cabinet has approved draft plans for consultation that set out Chippenham’s growth over the next decade and beyond.
The Draft Chippenham Site Allocations Plan outlines proposed strategic sites to ensure the delivery of housing and employment growth for the town by 2026. It has been developed taking into account the extensive consultation previously undertaken as part of the council’s Core Strategy which was formally adopted by the council last month.
The overall level of growth proposed to be allocated is 2,500 new homes and approximately 28 hectares of employment land on three mixed use site allocations.
The proposed developments, together with existing commitments, will enable: early delivery of employment land; delivery of housing to be maintained at reasonable rates across the remaining plan period; completion of an eastern link road between the A350 to the North and the A4 to the south of Chippenham alleviating traffic within the town centre; new schools and country parks focused on the River Corridor.
Cllr Toby Sturgis, cabinet member for strategic planning, said: “This is exciting news for Chippenham. These robust plans will ensure future growth in the town. Development will be focused towards the town’s least sensitive areas in terms of landscape and ecology, and there will be improved access to significant areas of open space for the town via the river corridor. The housing development will be phased to allow completion of critical pieces of transport infrastructure helping tackle congestion within the town.”
A public consultation period will now be held, running for six weeks from 23 February.