SIGN OUR PETITION
The new road will NOT reduce Chippenham's traffic congestion but, in fact, make it worse. A single new distributor road cannot both alleviate existing traffic pressures and accommodate 10,000 new cars!
This is a MASSIVE proposed development of 7,500 new homes. The land is largely being provided by Wiltshire council, who are proposing to sell off council farms, a much needed agricultural amenity.
In light of the publicly declared environmental emergency, now is NOT the time to be building houses and the related infrastructure on green field sites and unspoilt river landscapes. These are our best defence against climate change.
With climate change a very imminent and growing threat, we should NOT be building developments that will exacerbate flood risks. This year, the highest ever water levels were recorded. This poses a very real threat to homes.
Wiltshire Council conducted informal 'roadshows', with the intention of finding out whether or not the public were in favour of the development. It was reported that 60% of participants were NOT.
This scheme has been devised by Wiltshire council to meet their housing targets and they plan to inflict it on Chippenham- ignoring environmental and public concerns from those who will be directly affected!
We need to act quickly to stop this devastating development. Sign our petition to tell Wiltshire Council that they do NOT have the support of the community!
Tuesday 13th July 2021 – Cabinet meeting
Tuesday 20th July 2021 – Full Council Meeting
Tuesday 14th September 2021- Cabinet meeting
PLEASE NOTE: statements and questions from the public MUST be sent in by 12pm on the preceding Wednesday to be included.
FUTURE CHIPPENHAM (key dates from Wiltshire Council website)
-Preferred Route Option Announced
-Public consultation on Future Chippenham masterplan
- Consultation on the full planning application for road and outline planning application for mixed- use development of Wiltshire Council land submitted.
2026 Road completed
LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN
- Quarter 4 2021 Pre submission consultation
- Quarter 3 2022 Submission to the Secretary of State
- Quarter 4 2022 Examination in Public
- Quarter 2 2023 Adoption
Please consider making a donation to “CAUSE”. We have already raised funding for the first leaflet campaign and to initiate a biodiversity survey of the River Marden. We desperately need more contributions, however small, in order to widen our publicity and get more expert or legal input. Wiltshire Council are spending a massive £5m just on planning for the new roads. Whilst we can’t hope to match this, we will make use of the expertise of our supporters, liaise with other specialist groups e.g. Campaign for the Protection of Rural England and very carefully target any funds we raise to counter the proposed development. Your contribution will be secured in a dedicated bank account and will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your support.
We would love to hear from you if you can spare some time to help us with the campaign. Perhaps you have specialist industry knowledge, or would just like to help posting leaflets or manning our stand at local fetes.
Please do get in touch on our contact page, or click here.
MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD
Who do I write to?
CAUSE is working with various Wiltshire councillors, Town and Parish councillors who are opposed to the proposals and the way the Cabinet has gone about imposing them. Drop us a line via our contact page if you’d like to know who to get in touch with.
There are 98 Wiltshire Councillors in total.
Click here to find the councillor who represents your area.
Other people you may wish to write to:
Michelle Donelan MP for Chippenham
James Gray MP for North Wiltshire
Cllr Peter Hutton Chair, Chippenham Area Board
Cllr Christine Crisp Chair, Calne Area Board
Cllr Sandie Webb, Leader, Chippenham Town Council
Cllr Robert Merrick, Mayor, Calne Town Council