- Context to the project
- About the project
- Potential benefits of the project
- Project milestones
- Project progress
- Public Engagement / Consultation
- Future Chippenham newsletter
- Housing Infrastructure Fund bid
- News releases
- Cabinet reports
- Frequently asked questions
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Context to the Future Chippenham project
Working to deliver the vision of a more sustainable Chippenham
The adopted strategic plan for Chippenham sets out a future vision for the town that meets local needs for jobs and housing while addressing some of the longstanding challenges it faces such as town centre congestion and new developments delivered in a piecemeal way. It aims for a more self-sufficient status for the town, so that the community can meet its living, work and leisure needs locally.
Employment and housing development will be highly sustainable and balanced, with early delivery of key infrastructure and key services to support growth. There is a goal to encourage young people to choose to stay and both live and work in the town because of the employment opportunities, access to housing and other available facilities.
The Core Strategy provides a spatial expression of the Wiltshire Community Plan 2011-2026: People, places and promises, and will be focused on delivering the three overarching priorities:
- creating an economy that is fit for the future
- reducing disadvantage and inequalities
- tackling the causes and effects of climate change
This is currently being explored in the review of the emerging Local Plan by the council as Local Planning Authority, which is the subject of a separate consultation.
Why new growth? - important context to the proposed new road
People are living longer, the population is growing and family size is reducing. All of this produces demand for new homes. There is a national requirement to deliver houses to meet local needs. If we do not plan for them they will be built anyway, but we, as a community, will lose control of the process. That means we will lose the opportunity to control where they may go, on the infrastructure needed to support them, the levels of affordable housing for local people, the design and community benefits.
Previous assessments of Chippenham have highlighted significant challenges for the town in meeting its needs with heavy investment needed in new roads to relieve the volume of through traffic.
About the project
While there is a recognised need to deliver new housing at Chippenham, there is a current lack of road infrastructure which acts as a major hurdle in bringing forward the homes needed to meet future needs in a sustainable way. This was concluded by both the Inspector into the Chippenham Sites Allocations Plan and reflected in the published evidence of the Local Plan review. Both concluded that a connection from the A4 and the A350 is essential to the long-term growth of the town. Without the delivery of improvements to the town's transport infrastructure, there is a real risk that future development around Chippenham could result in significant traffic congestion in and around the town centre, exacerbating rather than resolving traffic problems.
In March 2019, Wiltshire Council submitted a bid to the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) from Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government. In November 2019, Wiltshire Council was successful in the award of a grant of £75 million.
The grant ensures funding is available to contribute towards the cost of delivering the strategic infrastructure in and around Chippenham to support the potential longer-term growth of the area, should development come forward.
On 13 October 2020, the council's Cabinet agreed to enter into a Grant Determination Agreement (GDA), with Homes England to secure the funding. This means the grant can only be used for certain activities and the council has to meet certain conditions. The GDA enables the council to recover the £75 million grant to reinvest into the delivery of the scheme, with any remaining recovered funds being invested into infrastructure to support the delivery of additional housing within Wiltshire.
Responses received from members of the public and key stakeholders following the public consultation in January - March 2021 on the Future Chippenham road route options have been reviewed, along with a review of updated information relating to land viability, updated environmental surveys and ongoing discussions with statutory stakeholders. As a result of this review, Wiltshire Council's Cabinet has approved that discussions should commence with Homes England on a revised scheme to deliver the Southern section from the A4 to the A350. Further details can be found in the report that was presented to Cabinet on Wednesday 21 July 2021. Agenda for Cabinet on Wednesday 21 July 2021, 10am Wiltshire Council.
Discussions with Homes England regarding the revised approach to the delivery of the road have commenced. This revised approach seeks to address the concerns raised regarding the scale of the site, while continuing to deliver to a multitude of benefits for Chippenham.
A round of stakeholder and public engagement will be held in Autumn/Winter 2021 to help inform the development of a Vision for Future Chippenham. Visioning workshops have been held with key stakeholders and public pop-up events are being held around Chippenham. A schools' programme is also being carried out with local secondary schools. All the feedback received will help shape the vision for the Future Chippenham and will feed into the development of a Framework Masterplan for Future Chippenham which will be consulted on early in 2022.
Potential benefits of the project
- unlocking land to support delivery of up to 7,500 homes up to 40% of which will be affordable, specifically planned to meet local needs including first time buyers so essential to the local economy
- improving the viability and vitality of the town by providing homes and jobs to provide increased local customers for businesses and services
- transforming the town's housing offer
- ensuring that economic development and regeneration is delivered in step with the homes to increase the self-containment of the town
- providing much better connectivity and help to reduce congestion in the town centre
- enabling economic development along the strategic M4 corridor
- improving access to training and employment opportunities
- enabling placemaking as part of the master planning process
- providing an improved corridor for the movement of people and goods
- reducing town centre traffic congestion, providing opportunities to improve reliability of transport
- enhancing transport resilience in Wiltshire by providing connectivity to the M4 Junction 17 and A350
- minimising the impact on the quality of the environment
- improving accessibility for non-car users through promotion of sustainable forms of transport
- through infrastructure led delivery seek opportunities to reduce the carbon footprint of the road and scheme
The project milestones infographic is being updated and will be available to view in due course.
Autumn / Winter 2021
- Stakeholder Vision Workshops
- Public pop-up events and drop-in sessions
- Announcement of change in scope for Future Chippenham project, reflecting development south of the A4 only.
- Announcement of recommended preferred road route option.
- Future Chippenham distributor road route options Consultation Feedback Report published.
- Ecology surveys ongoing.
- Flood risk assessment progressing.
- Environmental Impact Assessment screening and scoping started.
- Traffic Assessment being updated with further traffic data.
- Ongoing discussions with statutory stakeholders and landowners.
- Public consultation on Future Chippenham road route options.
- Ongoing discussions with statutory stakeholders and landowners.
- Submission of representations to the council's consultation on the Local Plan review.
- Early Market Engagement with potential road contractors.
- Early Market Engagement with potential joint venture partners
- Finalised grant funding agreement with Homes England - December
- Cabinet agreed to enter into a Grant Determination Agreement to secure £75 million funding - October
- Stakeholder and Engagement Strategy approved - October
- Strategic transport modelling discussions
- Continued environmental/ecology investigation and surveys
- Environmental investigation and surveys - landscape summer surveys completed
- Work to support the Environmental Impact Assessment across the whole site
- Draft sustainability strategy for the delivery of strategic infrastructure works
- Options assessment report for infrastructure works carried out
- Completion of strategic flood modelling and flood mitigation plan
- Draft Concept Framework for the site including strategic infrastructure works, utilities, parks and road bridges
- Development of a procurement strategy to support delivery of the infrastructure works
- Six public engagement events - November/December
- Housing Infrastructure Fund grant of £75 million awarded - November
- Housing Infrastructure Fund bid submission - March
Engagement with key stakeholders including members of the public is planned to support the development of a Framework Masterplan which will be consulted on in the new year. Subject to approval of the new proposed scheme, it is envisaged the engagement will commence in mid-September 2021.
During November and December 2021 local people were invited to give their 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.
Three visioning workshops were held with local councillors and key stakeholders, followed by five public engagement events for local residents.
For more information, visit Your opportunity to help shape the vision for Future Chippenham or download our Your opportunity to help shape the vision for Future Chippenham leaflet (PDF) [455KB] (opens new window) .
A public consultation on the Future Chippenham distributor road route options was held for an eight week period from Friday 15 January to Friday 12 March 2021.
A report summarising the responses received to the Future Chippenham distributor road route options consultation can be downloaded below:
- View the Future Chippenham road route options: Consultation feedback report (PDF) [4MB] (opens new window)
- View the Future Chippenham road route options: Consultation feedback report - Appendices A - V (PDF) [21MB] (opens new window)
- View the Future Chippenham road route options: Consultation feedback report - Appendix W (part 1) (PDF) [8MB] (opens new window)
- View the Future Chippenham road route options: Consultation feedback report - Appendix W (part 2) (PDF) [17MB] (opens new window)
Copies of the consultation documents can be downloaded below.
- Map showing all road route options (PDF) [3MB] (opens new window)
- Public consultation leaflet (PDF) [4MB] (opens new window)
- Video to explain road route options (subtitles can be switched on using the CC button)
- Video to explain road route options (with subtitles)
Additional supporting information
- Options Assessment Summary (PDF) [1MB] (opens new window)
- Future Chippenham Distributor Road - Options Assessment Plans (PDF) [3MB] (opens new window)
- Preliminary Environmental Assessment of options (PEAOR) report summary (PDF) [5MB] (opens new window)
During the consultation period, a series of live online public webinars were held to explain the proposals in more detail. Recordings of the webinars can be accessed below, along with copies of the Question and Answers documents that were prepared in response to the questions raised through the webinars:
- Future Chippenham public consultation webinar - 28 January 2021 View the question and answer (PDF) [302KB] (opens new window) that accompanies this webinar
- Future Chippenham public consultation webinar - 11 February 2021. View the question and answer document (PDF) [320KB] (opens new window) that accompanies this webinar
- Future Chippenham public consultation webinar - 20 February 2021. View the question and answer document (PDF) [284KB] (opens new window) that accompanies this webinar
Following the HIF funding announcement in November 2019, six public engagement events were held in November and December 2019 to discuss the new distributor road in general terms and to seek residents' views on the future of the town. The feedback received is available in the:
- Report on Public Engagement Feedback Report (PDF) [320KB] (opens new window)
- Appendix 1: Full Survey Results (PDF) [497KB] (opens new window)
- Appendix 2 - Additional Feedback (PDF) [423KB] (opens new window)
- Appendix 3: Other Notes and Comments (PDF) [412KB] (opens new window)
- Appendix 4: Attachments with Surveys (PDF) [76KB] (opens new window)
Chippenham stakeholder and community engagement strategy
The Future Chippenham Stakeholder and Community Engagement Strategy (PDF) [390KB] (opens new window) sets out our approach for engaging and consulting with all those with a possible interest in Future Chippenham.
Future Chippenham newsletter
To keep up to date on the progress of the Future Chippenham project, we will soon be launching a new Future Chippenham newsletter. You can sign up to receive this newsletter direct to your inbox.
Housing Infrastructure Fund bid
You can view a copy of the council's bid to Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government in March 2019 for £75 million funding.
Bid - final submitted business case (PDF) [15MB] (opens new window)
- Successful outcome for Wiltshire Council in Future Chippenham judicial review
- High Court Judge defers decision on Future Chippenham judicial review
- 19 November 2021 - Community invited to shape the vision for Future Chippenham
- 14 July 2021 - Consultation shaped proposed new Future Chippenham scheme
- 6 July 2021 - Extraordinary cabinet meeting to be held on 21 July 2021
- 12 March 2021 - Consultation on the Future Chippenham road route options closes on Friday
- 18 February 2021 - Third live public webinar on the Future Chippenham distributor road route options
- 5 February 2021 - Further live public webinar on the Future Chippenham distributor road route options
- 22 January 2021 - Join our live public webinar on the Future Chippenham distributor road route options
- 12 January 2021 - Consultation on the Future Chippenham road route options launches this week
- 21 December 2020 - Wiltshire Council signs £75 million funding deal with Homes England
- 16 October 2020 - £75 million funding agreement with Homes England given seal of approval
- 5 November 2019 - £75 million funding boost for key transport scheme in Chippenham
- High Court Judge defers decision on Future Chippenham judicial review
Reports providing updates on the progress being made on the project are regularly presented to Cabinet and these reports and the minutes of the meetings are available on our website:
- 21 July 2021 (item 43)
- 2 February 2021 (item 30)
- 13 October 2020 (agenda item 118)
- 24 March 2020 (agenda item 44)
- 8 October 2019 (agenda item 134)
As Wiltshire Council owns the land it proposes to build on, will you still need planning permission?
Yes, as landowner, the council will have to ensure it complies with all planning regulations. The council will be required to submit an outline planning application for land in the council's ownership. When the project's planning applications are submitted the Council, as Local Planning Authority, will consider these as they would any other planning application.
Where will the proposed new distributor road be situated?
The road will be routed to the south and east of Chippenham, from the A350 Lackham roundabout in the south, across the A4, to the A350 at the Malmesbury roundabout. A public consultation on the road route options was held between Friday 15 January and Friday 12 March 2021. It is anticipated that the preferred route will be presented to the public in Summer 2021.
Will the residents affected by the proposed new road and development be able to give their comments on your proposals?
Yes, views from local residents are very important. Feedback received during the recent consultation process will help inform the overall project and a decision about which of the three route options within each zone should be taken forward to the next stage of the development process. There will be further opportunities to comment on the proposals as the Future Chippenham programme progresses.
When will work start on the road?
Any new road will only be built if planning is granted for development to proceed. If planning permission is granted for the road work will begin. We anticipate this could be in early 2023.
More houses being built will put more pressure on our local health services, has this been taken into consideration?
A development of this site is likely to require additional and potential enhancement to existing healthcare services, depending on the scale of the development. An assessment of the local need for essential healthcare services and infrastructure will be carried out as part of the Local Plan Review, and will inform the policy requirements for this site, if it is allocated.
As part of the master planning for this site, the council will engage with its partners to ensure that the identified level of need can be met through the development
Will there be a new school built for the new housing development?
The Future Chippenham programme could support development of up to 7,500 homes for Chippenham. This is likely to generate a need for new primary and secondary school places. An assessment of local educational need will be carried out as part of the Local Plan Review and will inform the policy requirements for this site, if it is allocated. Development of the site will cater for identified levels of need, and new schools will be built to support the projected demand. Infrastructure to support development will be a key consideration in planning new development.
7,500 is a lot of new houses to be built, will it be one big housing estate?
No, the vision for Future Chippenham is to create a new model of development, ground breaking in its approach providing residents and visitors with a place to live and work, reflective and understanding of the history and beauty of the surrounding built and natural environment. It is envisaged that there will be two sustainable neighbourhood centres at the heart of the development.
It is important to note that the planning process determines the nature of development. The HIF funding enables future development to be infrastructure led and appropriately planned via a masterplan. The actual development will be determined by landowners and developers through the planning process.
Will there be a mix of affordable houses?
Yes, there will. The scheme will comply with affordable housing policy.
How will the new development connect with the rest of Chippenham?
A key issue identified in the Chippenham Transport Strategy is the need to maintain the functions of the three primary roads in the town, A4, A350 and A420 as well as connecting roads, which all currently experience congestion at peak periods. The proposed new distributor road will help reduce pressure of traffic on the town centre and improve accessibility.
In addition, the Future Chippenham project aims to provide a comprehensive package of sustainable transport measures, including a strategic network of cycle routes.
What about our landscape and countryside?
The scale of the development and the growth of the town enables us to take a strategic approach to the provision of landscape and green infrastructure which will deliver social, economic and environmental benefits for the whole town. The landscape itself could act as one of the main connecting elements and focuses of the planned expansion.
How does this development help with the environmental challenges we face?
By leading with the right infrastructure and the scale of this development, Future Chippenham aims to meet the challenges the council faces through the development itself, where we can.
Good examples of this are:
- providing green corridors and streets
- promotion of active travel through strategic cycle network
- climate responsive urban design
- water sensitive urban design
- waste reduction
- delivering a biodiversity net gain from the development
Will the planned new road increase congestion?
No, the transport modelling used to support the HIF bid and additional modelling currently being carried out has identified improvements in congestion to existing road traffic.
Will the new road cause Chippenham and other towns nearby to be at greater risk of flooding?
A comprehensive flood risk modelling investigation has been carried out to inform the design of the road route options and other supporting infrastructure. These will provide adequate mitigation against flood risk.
Will the Future Chippenham development be the size of somewhere like Calne?
The Future Chippenham development could provide up to 7,500 houses by 2046 on a phased approach.This is someway short of a new town but does provide a good steady and planned growth to Chippenham.
Will the development destroy unspoiled river landscapes and their public amenity value?
If the Local Plan allocates the east of Chippenham, then the Future Chippenham project will develop detailed plans to demonstrate how the area may be developed in a way that safeguards and where possible enhances the existing green and blue infrastructure.
Will the development be 'urban sprawl'?
Wiltshire has a requirement to provide c45,000 houses up to 2036 and needs to address this. The council is adopting a planned and phased approach to this. By seeking to develop a 'garden village' the council is using the natural assets of the site to enhance the communities.
Will the road and development add 12,000+ vehicles on the roads?
Development will take place over a 20-year period. The increase in traffic will be gradual and the use of vehicles over this time is likely to change.
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