THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT
The Future Chippenham consultation on the Road Route Options runs until 5pm on Friday 12 March 2021. Please send in your objections to the road by then.
Background on Future Chippenham is at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/future-chippenham.
Details of the consultation and all the background papers to the road options are at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/future-chippenham-consultation.
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Follow this link on How to Respond to the consultation and make your views known.
We have now seen a draft of the Chippenham Local Plan and our views are as follows:
The housing need figures for Wiltshire are too high.
The housing target allocated to Chippenham is far too high.
Chippenham could become the next Swindon!
The approach used to select development sites around Chippenham looks flawed in a number of respects.
Site 1 (East Chippenham) should exclude any development between the North Rivers Cycle Path and the River Marden.
Public Consultation on the distributor road is premature and predetermines the outcome of the Local Plan.
If you wish to read a full explanation of CAUSE views on the Local Plan for Chippenham or to view the
documents issued by Wiltshire Council, please click on the link below.
LOCAL PLAN RESPONSE
WHERE WILL THE DEVELOPMENT GO?
Wiltshire Council have been granted
funding to build a link road to the East and South of Chippenham, enabling 7,500 new homes to be built.
There was NO consultation with local residents and this development is in direct contravention of the Bremhill Neighbourhood Plan.
The Neighbourhood Plan specifically states that "development should not be permitted in the open countryside ........ between the cycle route and the Tytherton Lucas Conservation Area....."
Public consensus, subsequently gathered, found that the majority of local residents are AGAINST the idea of urban sprawl and are NOT in favour of the development?
This development is enormous- equivalent to the size of Calne.
Houses, roads and related infrastructure would be built close to a conservation area, across our river valleys, ecologically important green spaces and good working farmland – and in an area of outstanding natural beauty (though not designated as such).
The impact will be to:
- Turn Chippenham into a much larger commuter town, with even more congestion;
- Massively increase greenhouse gas emissions as a result of the additional traffic;
- Have an adverse impact on the health and premature deaths as a result of air pollution;
- Increase flood risk in downstream Chippenham and beyond;
- Destroy the wildlife corridor and biodiversity along the River Avon and Marden valleys;
- Destroy good quality farmland needed to stop our reliance on other countries for food supply “ and loss of county farms;
- Destroy valuable, unspoiled river landscapes and their public amenity value.
THE AREA UNDER THREAT
Update on the Marden/ Avon Valley
(commissioned by the Bremhill Parish)
“The Friends of the Marden Valley group feel very strongly that the HIF plan to build 7,500 houses to the east of Chippenham will put in extreme danger the fragile ecosystem of the Marden Valley, particularly in the area surrounding its confluence with the River Avon near Tytherton Lucas”.
Robert MacNaughton, Founder, Friends of the Marden Valley
”CPRE has concerns with the way in which these bid proposals have been brought forward. Where this area of locally highly valued and sensitive countryside is concerned it seems that full transparency and public participation has not taken place. This undermines the democratic decision-making process where community and environmental groups play a vital role. Meetings behind closed doors destroy trust” Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE)