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Community invited to shape the vision for Fu** Chippenham

November 19, 2021 4:01 PM
By WC

People in Chippenham and the surrounding villages have been almost unanimous in their opposition to a big new road and housing development around the town. But Wiltshire Council's Conservative administration is pressing ahead anyway. Now they're offering another pretend consultation, this time on the details of the development. In the interests of balance the press release from WC is below, this time completely unedited, so you can draw your own conclusions.

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Future Chippenham is the proposed residential development to the south of the town. It provides an opportunity to help create an infrastructure led development that could deliver high quality, well designed and sustainable communities that meet the needs of the town.

Wiltshire Council is inviting local people to come along to a series of public pop-up events taking place across Chippenham over the next few weeks.

The events will enable local people to input and help shape the vision of Future Chippenham, to enable sustainable growth and meet the needs of the local community and economy for future generations.

Starting with a pop-up stand at The Olympiad next Saturday, representatives from the Future Chippenham team will be on hand to talk to people about the latest phase of the programme and to answer any questions they may have. This will be followed with events in Chippenham High Street, Wiltshire College & University Centre, and Borough Parade. Leaflets will also be distributed at Chippenham Railway Station, weather permitting.

  • The Olympiad on Saturday 27 November 2021 from 9am
  • Artisan Market in Chippenham High Street on Sunday 28 November 2021
  • Wiltshire College & University Centre, Chippenham Campus on Thursday 2 December 2021 from 8.30am
  • Chippenham Railway Station on Friday 3 December 2021 from 7am to 9am and again from 3.30pm
  • Borough Parade on Saturday 4 December 2021 from 8am

Cllr Richard Clewer, Leader of Wiltshire Council, said: "We are excited to re-connect with people on the Future Chippenham programme. We want to shape a future that creates sustainable, accessible communities, responds to the challenge of climate change, connects people, provides the affordable housing our communities need and enables Chippenham's economy to thrive. To do this properly, we need the local community to be involved in the process.

"Development will take place in Chippenham both to meet government housing targets and to help provide the affordable housing we need to keep our young people in the communities they grew up in. So, it's important to focus on how new development could be delivered in a planned and carefully managed way that works for local residents and secures investment for our future communities. Subject to the outcome of the Local Plan review, the Future Chippenham programme aims to provide infrastructure led development which is properly masterplanned to help meet the needs of the community. The alternative is isolated cookie cutter housing estates which do not integrate with the town or community or have the ability to provide the wider benefits.

"We would strongly encourage local people to take the opportunity to come and talk to us at one of our pop-up events. The feedback gathered will be used to help establish the vision for Future Chippenham. There will also be another opportunity for people to give us their views, as we are planning to hold a more detailed public consultation on the Future Chippenham proposals early in 2022."