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More woe for WC as Chippenham scheme collapses

July 30, 2020 1:29 PM

Wiltshire Council will need to find another employment use for a site at Sadlers Mead, Chippenham, after local company Good Energy pulled out.

COVID-19, and the rise in homeworking, have contributed to the decision, which will see Good Energy expand into another floor at the council's Monkton Park offices, and also repay fees the council spent on designing the building.

Fran Woodward, People and Customer Operations Director, Good Energy, said: "While this wasn't an easy decision for us to make, as the UK faces economic uncertainty following COVID-19, we need to ensure we're making the right investments for our future. Our entire workforce has been working from home effectively and productively. In this context, as a business that takes its environmental impact extremely seriously we have had to rethink our office workspace and how we can take a more digital and less carbon intensive approach going forward, which will involve more remote and flexible working.

"We thank the team at Wiltshire Council for the support and understanding they have shown."

Paddy Bradley, Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership CEO, said of the news: "Although it's disappointing the current economic conditions mean Good Energy will not be moving forward with this project, the development remains a strategic priority for the area.

"Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership continues to work with Wiltshire Council to explore other opportunities for the use of the site. Chippenham, with its strong connectivity, is well-placed to benefit from a development of this site."