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- Housing Infrastructure Fund bid
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Public consultation on the Future Chippenham road route options
Friday 15 January 2021 to 5pm on Friday 12 March 2021
Wiltshire Council is seeking your views on three road route options for a potential new distributor road located to the south and east of Chippenham. The road would provide a high-quality road link connecting the north east and southern parts of the town to the A350 and improvements to Junction 17 of the M4.
Visit the Future Chippenham consultation page for more information and to have your say.
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.
Evidence for Chippenham has indicated that one of the best options to deliver the vision for a sustainable future could be through the building of a significant new road both to relieve through traffic but also unlock potential development sites.
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.
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.
By 2046, it is envisioned that the road could unite sustainable new communities and green spaces, including up to 7,500 homes, supported by local neighbourhood services and employment opportunities.
The £75 million grant will support the delivery of a new distributor road to the east and south of Chippenham, linking the A350 at the northern and southern ends of the town, as well as specific improvement to J17 on the M4.
This map shows an indicative road route only, as the actual route has not been consulted on and determined.
The HIF bid identified the opportunity to provide 7,500 homes around Chippenham. The level of growth of the town will be considered through the separate Wiltshire Local Plan review process. The HIF grant enables us to drawdown funding to support delivery of infrastructure works should planning be granted for development to proceed.
- 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
This infographic outlines the project's initial key milestones.
These timelines are subject to change and updates will be provided.
- 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
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:
We are aiming to carry out the following public consultation process.
Public consultation on the road route options
Announcement of preferred route for the road
Public consultation on Future Chippenham Masterplan
Winter 2021 / 22
Submission of a Full Planning Application for the road and an Outline Planning Application for the mixed-use development for Wiltshire Council land
Consultation on distributor road route options
A public consultation on the Future Chippenham distributor road route options was launched on Friday 15 January 2021. This will run for an eight week period, closing at 5pm on Friday 12 March 2021.
Visit the Future Chippenham consultation page to have your say.
As we are unable to hold public exhibitions at the present time due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will be hosting two live online public webinars where the project team will give a presentation on the proposals followed by a question and answer session.
Anyone interested in attending the free webinars can register at Eventbrite. The first webinar is being held on Eventbrite with a further webinar being arranged for February 2021.
Once registered a link will be sent to access the webinar which will be broadcast via Microsoft Teams.
Anyone wishing to ask questions about the proposals are encouraged to submit these in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org stating 'Questions for Webinar' in the heading and which of the two webinars they will be attending.
The webinars will be recorded and will be available on the council's YouTube channel
Chippenham stakeholder and community engagement strategy
Thesets out our approach for engaging and consulting with all those with a possible interest in Future Chippenham.
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.
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.
- 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
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:
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. We will be carrying out a public consultation on the road route options in January 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. A public consultation will take place in January 2021.
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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