Chippenham Town Council is preparing a Neighbourhood Plan that will set out the local planning policy for the town. We look forward to working with the community as we set the framework for our future.Find out more
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A Neighbourhood Plan is a community-led framework for guiding the future development and growth of an area. It may contain a vision, aims, planning policies, proposals for improving the area or providing new facilities, or allocation of key sites for specific kinds of development. All Neighbourhood Plans must meet basic conditions (see Question 7.)
A Neighbourhood Plan relates to the use and development of land and associated social, economic and environmental issues. It may deal with a wide range of issues (like housing, employment, heritage and transport) or it may focus on one or two issues that are of particular importance in a local area.
A Neighbourhood Plan will be subject to examination and local referendum. Once approved it would form part of the Local Plan, which Wiltshire Council would then use to make decisions on planning applications.
The Plan will cover the whole of Chippenham Parish.
Chippenham Town Council is the ‘qualifying body’ that is leading on the Plan. It set up a Steering Group in November 2018 comprising of 6 Town Councillors and 6 members of the community, who are responsible for the day to day management of the Neighbourhood Plan, along with the Town Council’s Planning Officer and the Council’s retained Planning Consultant.
We hope to complete the Neighbourhood Plan within three years, and for it to cover a 10 year period. It will need to be reviewed approximately every five years.
Plans will have to be considered by an independent examiner to ensure that they are legally compliant and consistent with these requirements.
No. Neighbourhood planning is about shaping development of a local area in a positive manner. It is not a tool to be used to prevent development proposals from taking place. It should reflect local and national policies. Neighbourhood plans are not able to promote less development than set out in Wiltshire Council’s local plan or national guidance, but they can promote more. A Neighbourhood Plan can be used to ensure that any development is in line with the wishes of the local people and is sympathetic to local need.
When adopted, the Neighbourhood Plan will be a statutory planning document. It will form part of Wiltshire Council’s Local Plan, and the policies within the Neighbourhood Plan will be given significant weight when Wiltshire Council come to make decisions on planning applications.
At various stages in the Neighbourhood Planning process, we will carry out public consultation where we will seek to obtain your views in order to shape the Plan. There will also be opportunities to get involved in topic groups – for example if you are interested in housing, transport, heritage, business, the environment. Please go to the ‘Get Involved’ section of the website to see the latest opportunities.
Chippenham Town Council will pay for the preparation of the Neighbourhood Plan, with the assistance of some government grant funding. Wiltshire Council will pay for the independent examination and the referendum, as well as providing technical advice and practical support.
Neighbourhood Plan documents + national, strategic and local planning policy or background documents that will influence the Plan:
Thank you to all those who applied to become Topic Group Members. There are still a few places to fill on Town Centre, Housing and Economy Topic Groups. Please complete the short application form below and return the form by email, hand or by post to:
Chippenham Neighbourhood Plan, The Town Hall, High Street, Chippenham, Wiltshire SN15 3ER
You can contact us on 01249 446699
Alternatively you can fill in the form below.