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Chippenham plan earmarks 28 hectares for business growth

Plans that will see 28 hectares of land around Chippenham designated for employment use over the next 10 years have been put to consultation.

The plan also includes allocation for 2,500 news houses.

The Draft Chippenham Site Allocations Plan – which outlines proposed strategic sites to ensure the delivery of housing and employment growth for the town by 2026 – was agreed by Wiltshire Council cabinet members yesterday (Tuesday).

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 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.

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.”